Applying the practices of yoga to help alleviate health conditions and promote holistic wellbeing
Therapeutic elements in yoga refer to the application of techniques and practices to help individuals facing physical and mental health challenges.
Although yoga has been practised therapeutically for thousands of years, a more detailed form of yoga using therapeutic elements has now started to emerge as a discipline of its own. A yoga teacher will tailor practices for different health conditions, incorporating techniques from various different styles and branches of yoga. These conditions can range from physical ailments through to emotional distress.
Yoga, alongside its sister discipline Ayurveda, has been traditionally prescribed to treat mental and physical ailments for generations. Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya is considered to be the father of modern Yoga and has also been influential in the application of therapeutic elements to yoga.
B.K.S Iyengar offers poses for the treatment of asthma, high blood pressure and diabetes in his book, Light on Yoga. Iyengar was just one of many gurus and yogis that have advocated the use of yoga for a number of common ailments.
Philosophy and Principles
Therapeutically orientated yoga takes a whole body or holistic approach. It takes into account a person’s overall health, physical, mental and emotional condition and works with whatever limitations are present.
It’s all about cultivating body/mind integration and creating a sense of harmony with life.
Best of both worlds
It’s a marriage of traditional yoga, acupressure points, marma points, Reflexology and even massage with science. Using the knowledge we have today on disease and stress and blending it seamlessly with the proven health benefits (physical, mental and emotional) of yoga etc to give you a tailored program designed specifically to your needs.
Benefits of Therapeutic Yoga
Therapeutically orientated yoga can help to ease conditions like allergies, arthritis, digestive issues, thyroid conditions, depression, sciatica, multiple sclerosis, headaches, insomnia and many other ailments.