What is yoga therapy?
It is the combination of biomedical knowledge, somatic counselling skills, adapted tailored movement, breathing and relaxation techniques in a safe, therapeutic environment. Yoga therapy is a science-based, safe and effective support for a more holistic approach to health and wellbeing. The role of yoga therapy in health care is to be part of a team approach to healthcare. It is a modality, which really comes into its’ own for health issues relating to complex chronic conditions and clinical pain points. It is also an effective way of encouraging better lifestyle choices through proprioception (self-awareness) and empowering people through choice. Timely intervention reduces health risks and can help to prevent the progression of chronic conditions into more serious diseases and to give people a better quality of life and reduce the burden on the healthcare system.
A tailored, personalised approach
A trained yoga therapist will do an extensive, individual evaluation of each client. This includes taking a full, sequential medical history, a physical and breathing assessment, as well as looking at the emotional component of a client’s health concerns.
A safe and trauma-informed approach
Above all, yoga therapists work safely, in a trauma-informed way. Practices are adapting for each individual as well as for contraindications, symptoms and psychological issues.
How does it benefit people?
The benefits of yoga therapy lie in the combination of biomedical knowledge with adapted physical movement, breathing and relaxation practices. It is a therapeutic approach, based on the development of mutually respectful relationship within a safe practice space and is evidence based. Yoga therapists are trained to work with a wide variety of conditions. It is a model that can easily integrate with other healing modalities. Yoga Therapy teaches practical tools to support conditions ranging from mental health to physical issues like chronic pain, pain management and lifestyle diseases.
As the benefits of yoga therapy become more widely known, it is increasingly being incorporated into individualised treatment plans and respected as an ideal complement to Western medicine. It is also recommended by the NHS in the UK, as part of social prescription in healthcare.
Which conditions can benefit from yoga therapy?
Yoga Therapy can help for chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke, cancer, auto-immune diseases, chronic pain and diabetes. Research shows that these common, expensive and preventable diseases can benefit from body/mind practices. The role of yoga therapy in health care is to improve access to care for people with chronic conditions.
Yoga therapy can be an effective way to maintain mobility, flexibility, balance and posture, particularly in older people.
It can support healing for herniated discs, help with scoliosis and postural issues and to maintain spinal health and integrity.
Yoga therapy is an effective alternative and complimentary approach for mental health and particularly effective for chronic stress management, anxiety, trauma and burnout.
A regulated and ethical approach
Yoga therapists are regulated by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) to ensure high professional and ethical standards. Accredited yoga therapists are required to have a minimum of 800-hours of training, including 160 hours of practical case study work, done under supervision. https://www.iayt.org
Inclusive and accessible to all
Yoga therapy is an infinitely customizable approach that makes yoga therapists uniquely prepared to support the individual healing and wellness needs of clients, regardless of age, gender, condition, health history, physical or mental ability.
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