Yoga Therapy is a long-established and recognized corrective system in India that is now an emerging profession in West, considered to be an antidote to the modern world, people are finding healing and solace in its holistic approach..
An effective treatment method for musculo skeletal injury, emotional imbalances, organ system disorders, nervous system rehabilitation and maintenance to name just a few. A recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine concluded that yoga was the most effective treatment for chronic lower back pain when compared to conventional exercise, as well the significant reduction of pain and improvement of grip strength in individuals suffering from carpal-tunnel syndrome. Research is only just beginning to catch up with yoga and even more will be done in the years to come to back up the anecdotal evidence stretching back some 2000 years that states that yoga does work.
Yoga asanas provide a unique method of creating balance in the body and mind where conventional stretching exercises fall short. With a strong emphasis on alignment and focus on subtle actions yoga therapy can create lasting change from the inside out. Yoga can accomplish more with one pose than five separate physical therapy exercises and is specifically tailored to your body, your mind and your health.
The most striking difference between yoga and conventional physical therapy is the attention paid to breath. Breath being the one thing that connects our minds to our bodies for more conscious movement and awareness and so deeper possibilities for repair. Yoga shifts the body into a more relaxed state by switching from the fight or flight of regular exercise/daily life into the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the only environment in which the body can heal. A simple cat/cow manoeuvre from all fours is transformed when we add the power of the breath to its wave like movement.
Personal therapy starts with a one-on-one diagnosis to listen and observe before a corrective and personalized yoga program is prescribed, one which is designed to have particular healing qualities for the individual, in addition to yoga’s inherent ability to create wellness and good health
A wide range of mental and physical practices are employed, ranging from postural and breathing exercises to deep relaxation and meditation. Regular practice of which not only helps in developing a strength and clarity of mind and body but also provides a balance to the hectic pace and the plugged in downloaded gait of a modern life style.
Yogic practices are very effective in the treatment of various functional and psycho-physiological disorders because equilibrium is fostered between what we take in and what we let go. When Yogic practices are used either as a complimentary or as in some cases, a substitute to the conventional treatments, there exists cultivation of responsibility for ones own healing journey. Within this environment of accountability personal growth, and so healing is more likely in the short term, the long-term and possibly, as a permanent state.
Yoga Therapy is commonly used in the following disorders:
Cadio – Vascular System
- Heart diseases
- Ischemic Heart Disease / Coronary Artery Disease
Musculo Skeltal System
- Mechanical Back Disorders including sciatica
- Joint disorders
- Arthritis (Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis)
- Stress & stress related disorders
- Nervous disorders
Gastro – Intestinal System
- Functional digestive disorders
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Ulcers and gastritis
- Allergic rhinitis and sinusitis
- Yoga for Asthma
- COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
Gynaecology & Obstetrics
- PMS (Pre Menstrual Syndrome)
- Menopause Syndrome
- Pre and postnatal
- Menstrual disorders
- Senior citizens
- Diabetes Mellitus
Yoga, from its inception, is intimately personal and deeply experiential. Only the practitioner can experience his or her yoga, its innumerable principles, many potent techniques, the tools and the rich science it is in itself. Nurtured and strengthened by an uninterrupted lineage of great masters, yoga therapy aims to overcome physical and emotional challenges and alleviate pain so that the deeper practices of life yoga can bear their fruit.