Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga.
how is yoga therapy different to yoga?
Yoga is a therapeutic tool, however in today’s scenario with yoga being taught as an Asana focused practice, we need to differentiate between yoga and yoga therapy.
In Yoga Therapy we use the full breadth of the tools yoga has to offer thus creating a holistic approach to healing the body, or at the very least creating ease and lasting improvements to the quality of a person's life.
Yoga differs from medical science in so many ways because works within the subtle realms which are not always measurable with our modern science. But modern science was not available in India when these techniques were being developed. The framework of the understanding of the human body is different, it doesn’t mean it is less valid.
In Yoga Therapy we use asana, but we teach the student not the pose, the Asana-s are modified to fit the current needs of the student. Additionally, we use Pranayama, breath techniques, Mudra-s, hand and finger positions, Mantra, sound and Bha(a)van(a), visualization. All of which work with in the framework of the traditional Yogic Anatomy. This yogic model is sadly being lost to yoga students as teachers avoid using these tools, lest they are not taken seriously, or appear flaky. But it is these very tools with has made yoga such a special discipline.
The Yoga Therapy Training is 1000 hours, in addition to the regular yoga training which is 200 hours and a prerequisite. Within that 1000 hours, the therapist is taught both western and eastern techniques and how they interrelate to support healing.
Why would you benefit from Yoga Therapy?
if you have a specific health concern and you are looking for a holistic approach to improve your quality of life.
if you are looking for chronic pain relief.
if you were looking to slow the aging processes and improve your general health and well being.
if you were looking to have a more fulfilling relationship with yourself, and thus those around you.
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