What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapy is where modern research, medical studies, psychology and yoga converge – it is a healing art and science, which treats the whole person not only the disease or symptoms.
Contrary to popular belief, general yoga practices are not suitable for everyone. In fact, many general yoga poses are contraindicated for people with diabetes, scoliosis, herniated discs, inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune disease, cancer, asthma, COPD and many other physical health issues. Some yoga practices can also be counterproductive, even dangerous, for anyone suffering from mental illnesses, eating disorders, clinical depression, PTSD and panic disorder.
There is growing scientific evidence that with regular practice, therapeutic yoga offers profound benefits for health. It is a powerful system of overall health, focusing on optimising the functioning of every system in the body. A natural, holistic and complimentary support for allopathic medicine and cognitive therapies.
- Yoga therapy is assessment-based – every client has a full intake and physical assessment to determine the health issues or areas of concern, both mental and physical
- Yoga Therapy is adapted and tailored specifically to each client
- Yoga Therapy empowers and teaches people the tools to understand and help themselves to live a healthier, more resilient life.
- Yoga Therapy addresses health issues with a person-centered approach and recognises the interconnectedness between the physical, mental, emotional and environmental aspects of what makes each person unique.
- Yoga therapy is evidence led – a growing body of evidence supports the therapeutic benefits of a regular practice
- Yoga Therapy is accessible – you don’t need to be a yoga practitioner and age, lack of mobility and failing health are no barrier to entry.
- Yoga Therapy works in a trauma-informed way – providing a safe space to be, within the context of a therapeutic relationship
- Yoga Therapy does not replace medical care but is a useful and effective complimentary support, especially with regard to complex chronic conditions, stress and anxiety and ‘lifestyle’ diseases like Diabetes and heart disease.
- A certified Yoga Therapist is regulated by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), which determines the scope of practice and sets a professional code of conduct.
How does a Yoga Therapy programme help?
- Stretches and strengthens the body, facilitating mobility within each persons’ range of movement and without pain or strain.
- Working with physical injuries, emotional disorders or as post-operative care, therapeutic yoga supports healing through mind-body practices, within a nurturing and safe environment.
- Helping people to cope with chronic stress and pain is where Yoga Therapy really shines. One of the major factors undermining health today is an overactive HPA stress response, which is a contributor to many diseases. Yoga Therapy helps to regulate the nervous system, lowering stress hormones and enabling people to cope better with depression, pain and anxiety.
- Yoga Therapy can help with lowering blood pressure and blood sugar, often precursors to diseases like Diabetes Type 2 and cardio-vascular diseases and help to improve immune function and manage auto-immune diseases.
- Yoga therapy improves posture, balance and joint health and can be a preventative way of avoiding spinal disc injuries, falls and muscular imbalances.
- The breathing techniques in Yoga Therapy help to improve lung capacity, circulation and respiratory function.
- Working one-on-one, each session is tailor-made to guide individual clients to achieve their specific health and wellness goals.
- Clients will learn tools for self-practice and self-care that they can use anytime they need it.
Moving body and breath, balances our bodies and our emotions, creating a greater sense of wellbeing.