Yoga therapy is the adaptation of yoga for people with health problems. Although ordinary yoga classes can improve general health and resolve mild complaints, they may be ineffective - or even harmful - for serious conditions. In such cases, yoga therapy can help people by tailoring yoga to their individual needs, taking into account their health problems, constituition and circumstances.
Yoga is a holistic system
for promoting homoeostasis at physical, mental and emotional levels.
When this balance is disturbed by illness, or the stress created by
illness, yoga can help restore it, and help cure or manage the illness.
Critical research trials show that yoga therapy practices are among the most effective known methods for managing the psychosomatic, stress-related conditions, which are so common today. This is because they bridge the gap between body and mind, ranging across the whole spectrum from physical to mental. Conditions treated include asthma and COPD, hypertension and heart conditions, back pain, arthritis, hyperacidity, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, migraine and headaches, multiple sclerosis, and cancer (coping with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, rehabilitation from surgery, and reducing anxiety).
Yoga therapy starts with
a one-to-one consultation to ascertain the presenting condition, associated
health problems and related lifestyle factors. This is followed by a
series of one-to-one or specialised group classes teaching yoga regimens
for different conditions. Yoga therapy consists primarily of postural,
breathing and relaxation exercises. It starts with very simple exercises,
so that clients can begin to practise and benefit right away, even if
they have no prior experience of yoga. Yoga therapy is very safe, when
taught by a qualified yoga therapist. In addition to helping manage
the presenting condition, it often yields other health benefits.
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