Yoga Therapy is an empowering style of therapy which uses a mix of physical postures, meditation, breathing techniques and guided visualisations to improve the health of the mind, body and spirit. It is suitable for everyone regardless of age, fitness, experience of yoga, state of health or belief system. Yoga Therapy today uses an eclectic mix of techniques, including those derived from physical therapy and psychotherapy, to make the essential connections necessary for healing. It is usually practiced in a one-on-one session with the therapist, though small groups can be arranged for people with similar issues. Practices are designed to work on problems or illnesses, or encourage and maintain states of health and balance with a view to integrating the mind, body and spirit holistically.
In Yoga Therapy, your physical condition, illnesses, injuries and symptoms are catered to specifically by the therapist. They will recommend specific physical modifications, movements and postures to encourage healing and understanding of the body. Chronic illnesses and injuries are often compounded issues which can affect progress and growth, but they are complicated and multi-dimensional. Your Yoga therapist can help you to understand the many ways that the physical, mental and spiritual fields intersect.
Stress and trauma can hamper us in our development, both in physical yoga practice and in life. Yoga therapy is a trauma sensitive field, and your therapist can help you with yoga techniques which can help you to heal emotional trouble, deal with traumatic experiences and encourage healthy self-development. Practices and techniques used in yoga and Yoga Therapy – such as breathing techniques – help to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, relieving stress and stress-related symptoms in the mind and body.
Yoga Therapy can offer guidance in integrating the spiritual element of our lives holistically and healthily. Meditative techniques, guided visualisations and ethical guidance can be used by the therapist to help empower the practice towards spiritual health, joy and connection.