Yoga therapy is the professional application of the principals and practices of yoga to promote optimal health and well-being. Delivered within a therapeutic relationship it includes personalised assessment, goal setting, lifestyle management and yoga practices. It combines the ancient wisdom of yoga, with its evidence-based known benefits, alongside neuroscience and physiology.
“The practices of yoga traditionally include, but are not limited to, asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, chanting, mudra and a disciplined lifestyle. Yoga Therapy is the appropriate application of these teachings and practices in a therapeutic context in order to support a consistent yoga practice that will increase self-awareness and engage the client’s energy in the direction of desired goals.
The goals of yoga therapy include eliminating, reducing, or managing symptoms that cause suffering, improve function, helping to prevent the occurrence or reoccurrence of underlying causes of illness, and moving toward improved health and wellbeing.
Yoga Therapy also helps clients change their relationship to and identification with their condition.
As part of a living tradition, yoga therapy continues to evolve and adapt to the cultural context in which it is practiced, and today it is also informed by contemporary health sciences. Its efficacy is supported by an increasing body of research evidence, which contributes to the growing understanding and acceptance of its values as a therapeutic discipline.”
International Association of Yoga Therapists, 2020
Yoga Therapy as a mind-body practice is being increasingly recognised in healthcare for it’s ability to complement medical treatments. It is likely that each of us will experience challenges with our mental and physical health at some point in life and Yoga Therapy can play an intrinsic role in supporting recovery.
Yoga Therapy can be used for a number of mental health and chronic physical conditions such as:
- Post-Natal Depression
- High Blood Pressure
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Respiratory Health
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Heart Disease
- Back pain
- Musculoskeletal problems