Yoga therapy is a growing field with growing scientific evidence to support its efficacy.
Can be used to treat existing mental and physical health issues and also be used as self-care strategy for prevention and maintenance
Yoga Therapy for Adults
For adults yoga therapy can be effectively used to help a wide range of physical problems from as simple as body alignment to knee pain, back pain, shoulder pain, scoliosi, cervical spondylosis, heart conditions, asthma, chronic fatigue, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, and side effects of chemotherapy.
Mentally, potential benefits from yoga therapy include stress reduction, psychological well-being, improved diet, and efficient functioning of bodily systems.
Yoga Therapy for Children
Where Yoga is generally good for balance growth of children, yoga therapy has shown to help children with Autism and Special Needs
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOGA
Yoga therapy sessions are typically conducted in one-on-one or small group settings. Yoga therapy practice can resemble physical therapy, rehabilitative therapy, Yoga therapy can be provided as an adjunct therapy to other forms of treatment.
When a person decides to initiate yoga therapy, the therapist will first conduct an initial assessment. This assessment is designed to do the following:
· Identify health problems
· Assess lifestyle and physical capability
· Discuss reasons for seeking therapy
· Create a course of treatment
Once the treatment plan is established in this first consultation, the frequency of sessions is agreed upon and sessions are scheduled. From this point, therapy sessions will most likely include the following components:
Physical Postures (Asana):
The therapist will teach the person in treatment appropriate yoga poses that address problem areas. For example, the “Legs Up the Wall” pose is used to treat things like anxiety and insomnia. In this pose, the person lays on his or her back with legs positioned up against the wall.
Breathing Exercises (Pranayama):
The therapist will guide the person in therapy through a series of breathing exercises ranging from energizing breaths to balancing breaths.
Relaxation and mindfulness are the focus of meditation when it is combined with yoga poses.
The yoga therapist attempts to calm the body and mind by providing a guided visualization intended to bring inner peace.
An important element for any yoga practice is to find a way to incorporate it into daily life. Yoga therapists provide instructions on how to use what has been learned in treatment at home.