YOGA THERAPY

Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and wellbeing
through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga.

Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and reduce symptoms of disease through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga.

As opposed to physiotherapy, chiropractors or massage, who work with just the body and psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists who only work with the mind, a yoga therapist can work with the mind, the body, the breath and a spiritual connection to yourself.

Yoga therapy can help with such a diverse range of mental, physical and emotional conditions as the yoga system views the person as a whole, not a separate body and mind.  The biomedical approach to treating illness focuses on the symptoms not the whole person and the influences within their environment.

The yogic therapeutic framework is drawn from the ancient wisdom of the  “Eight Limbs of Yoga“, a system to reduce suffering and symptoms of mental and physical illness increase wellness. This includes mindfulness, conscious behavioural changes, mindful movements, breathing practices, relaxation, meditation and focusing techniques and self-study.

After a consultation and assessment with your yoga therapist, therapeutic goals will be determined the yoga therapist will select, teach you and facilitate the practice of yogic therapeutic techniques. The following yogic techniques that may be used in a yoga therapy session include:

  • Asana (body postures and movements)
  • Pranayama (breathing exercises)
  • Mental focusing and mindfulness skills
  • Meditation
  • Relaxation
  • Visualisation 
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Cognitive and behavioural awareness 
  • Sound
  • Counselling and a therapeutic relationship
  • Self-study

What can Yoga Therapy help with?

“Yoga can help cure that which can be cured and help endure that which cannot” BKS Iyengar

Physically:

Muscular/skeletal problems

  • Back pain,
  • Stiffness
  • Postural issues
  • Neck, shoulder, knee and hip problems
  • Fertility and assisted reproductive treatment support
  • Women’s health
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Cancer treatment and recovery support
  • Chronic pain
  • Strength, flexibility and improved mobility

 

Psychologically and emotionally:

  • Anxiety 
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Trauma recovery
  • Post-traumatic stress
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-harm behaviours
  • Addiction recovery
  • Increased self-awareness
  • Mindfulness