Therapeutic Yoga blends restorative yoga (supported postures), gentle yoga, breathwork, hands-on healing, and guided meditation techniques combined in such a way that it is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle yet effective for bringing the body into balance and reducing stress.
Traditional group yoga classes are primarily concerned with personal transcendence (and designed for practitioners to be be able to move their body with ease and sufficient energy); Yoga Therapy aims at the holistic treatment of various kinds of psychological or somatic issues ranging from back pain to headaches, to diabetes, arthritis, auto-immune, and trauma/grief/ emotional distress.
When there is pain in the body it is a sign that there is dysfunction in your body. With chronic pain, rarely is the area of pain the actual problem. What must be focused on when there is this chronic pain present is improving your overall functional movement and body balance. Once you do this you will understand what leads to your pain cycles and what you can do to shift that experience in a better way. With more practice you will notice pain reducing, ease and calmness rising and your strength improving. After this you will be able to move more freely and if you want to attend a normal traditional yoga class your body will be ready!
THE BENEFITS OF A THERAPEUTIC YOGA PRACTICE
Since the practice of Yoga Therapy is modified to suit the individual, the person does not need to meet any requirements of fitness, age, or health in order to start a therapeutic process. Almost everyone would benefit from Yoga Therapy, regardless of his or her medical condition.
What makes Yoga Therapy so beneficial is its ability to affect all levels of the human system. By practicing Yoga therapeutically, the student not only feels better, but also gains a way to actively participate in the care of his or her own health. Common benefits experienced by many students include: improvement in quality of sleep, elimination of pain, and reduction in stress. Medically speaking, you will be educated in how to support the functioning of the parasympathetic nervous system, which in turn supports your homeostasis, healing and overall wellness.
- Increase circulation (especially peripheral)
- Improve digestion
- Improve immunity
- Increase distal sensation
- Increase amount of O2 in blood
- Regulate heart rate
- Regulate blood pressure
- Regulate respiratory rate
- Increase emotional stability
- Increase confidence
- Reduce depression
- Reduce panic attacks and anxiety
- Reduce fear
- Increase level of alertness and sharpness of mind
- Acceptance of limitations
Quality of Life
- Eliminate insomnia
- Improve quality of sleep
- Promote relaxation
- Improve quality of relationships
- Assist with weight loss
- Promote healthy food habits (less emphasis on sugar, caffeine)
- Promote healthy life habits (decrease craving for alcohol, smoking)
- Decrease pain
- Increase ease of breathing
- Improve ease of movement
- Improve joint mobility
- Decrease risk of falls
- Improve spine / joint stability
- Increase strength and flexibility
- Reducing pain and discomfort, overcoming physical or emotional trauma, and recovering from illness, injury, addiction, or other health concerns
- Reducing stress, overcoming depression, anxiety, and psychological trauma, and helping to manage and deal with life-threatening illness.
- Maintaining current health and well being, preventing illness or injury, and increasing flexibility and strength including preparing for, or complementing an existing health maintenance or fitness program
- Personal and/or spiritual growth. In the case of spiritual growth, we feel it is important to note that the course followed would be initiated by the student’s own interest and complimentary your personal spiritual practices, beliefs, and preferences.
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