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How is Yoga Therapy Different from Yoga?

The science of Yoga has been used to enhance physical and emotional balance. When yoga is practiced with therapeutic intention, it is known as ‘Yoga Therapy.” Yoga Therapy is practiced to manage or facilitate healing by infusing postures, breathing exercises, meditation, relaxation techniques and more. It is the facet of the ancient science of Yoga, which focuses on health and wellness at all levels of the person: physical, emotional and psychological. Empowering individuals to find their own path to self-healing, Yoga Therapy is customized for private or group sessions, creating a strategy dedicated to the overall health and well-being of the client.

Preventing or promoting recovery from physical, emotional and mental ailments, Health Care Practitioners are beginning to include this therapy in their approach to healing. Medical research shows that Yoga Therapy is among the most effective of complementary therapies for several common ailments. Many studies document the effectiveness of Yoga Therapy as a vehicle to increase strength, flexibility and balance, enhance immune function, lower blood pressure, improve psychological health, relieve stress and anxiety and assist in the recovery of many other health conditions.

Yoga Therapy supports the management of:

  • Arthritis

  • Back Pain

  • Cancer Management

  • Carpal Tunnel

  • Depression/Anxiety

  • Ergonomics

  • High Blood Pressure

  • Injuries

  • Insomnia

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Muscle Strengthening

  • Post-Surgery Management

  • Pregnancy/Childbirth Preparation/Support

  • Seniors/Geriatrics

  • Stress Management

  • Weight Management

  • Yoga in Corporate Settings

Tools used in Yoga Therapy may include:

  • Ayurveda

  • Body Assessment

  • Breathing Techniques

  • Chair Yoga

  • Chakra Balancing

  • Deep Relaxation

  • Guided Imagery

  • Meditation

  • Mudras

  • Structural Yoga

“Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the philosophy and practice of Yoga. It supports individuals facing health challenges at any level to manage their condition, reduce symptoms, restore balance, increase vitality, and expand the individual’s attitude.” – International Association of Yoga Therapists

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