Yoga therapy is a complementary therapeutic approach that can be used to treat dis-ease and dys-function, and promote health and well-being using yogic techniques. This therapeutic approach can be used as a stand alone therapy, or as a complement or follow-up to more traditional western therapies.
How does yoga therapy differ from physical therapy?
While physical therapy has at it’s disposal physical agents (such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, etc.) and manual techniques to manipulate the physical body, yoga therapy guides the patient/ client in self discovery and self healing addressing the physical body, as well as the energetic, emotional, and spiritual levels of the individual to address dis-ease, dys-function, pain, and suffering.
How does yoga therapy differ from yoga?
Yoga is a practice that can have a wide range of therapeutic benefits and, in the US, typically focuses on the physical aspects of the practice. Yoga therapy is client centered and uses specific tools to address individuals’ imbalances that contribute to dis-ease and dys-function.
Yoga therapy techniques may include:
- Yoga poses – asana, as well as physical assists from the yoga therapist
- Yogic breath techniques – Pranayama
- Somatics – Feldenkrais, Hanna
- Guided relaxation/ yoga nidra
- Mindfulness and meditation
- Intention setting/ affirmations/ self-inquiry.
Yoga therapy has a unique ability to address the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight system) which is typically overactive in our modern lives and leads to many of our imbalances, pain, and suffering. Yoga therapy techniques are very effective at quieting the nervous system, decreasing stress, bringing our bodies, minds, and emotions into balance. As a result, participants feel happy, healthy, and well.
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“The message that underlies healing is simple yet radical: We are already whole … Underneath our fears and worries, unaffected by the many layers of our conditioning and actions, is a peaceful core. The work of healing is peeling away the barriers of fear that keep us unaware of our true nature of love, peace, and rich interconnection with the web of life. Healing is the rediscovery of who we are and who we have always been.” ~Joan Borysenko