Although yoga has been used for therapeutic purposes for thousands of years, it is only in the last few years that Yoga Therapy has emerged as a practice in itself. A greater number of health care workers are beginning to use yoga techniques in their treatments and more people than ever before are considering trying it to heal various ailments, or as a complimentary therapy to other treatment they are receiving for persisting chronic conditions.
Some of the common ailments that Yoga Therapy can assist in healing are:
digestive problems such as constipation or IBS.
Hormone-related conditions like diabetes, obesity and thyroid issues.
Mind and emotional concerns e.g anxiety, stress, insomnia and depression.
Women’s health issues such as PMS, infertility, menopause and heavy periods.
Respiratory problems including sinusitis, bronchitis and asthma.
Muscle, bone and joint pains- arthritis, back pain, fatigue, sciatica and fibromyalgia etc.
and General fatigue, stress, lack of concentration, anxiety and restlessness
Rather than following one style of yoga, Yoga Therapy often takes inspiration from all branches and the sessions are individually tailored on a one-to-one basis as we are all different in terms of health concerns and healing. After an initial consultation to assess the focus of your problem, your Yoga Therapist will cater for your specific health problems and you will be taught a bespoke regime of postures, breathing exercises, meditation and relaxation techniques dependent on the therapist’s observations of your needs during an hour or 90 minute session.
Yoga helps the healing process with its unique integration of the body and mind, with the addition of the spiritual element. In focusing on both physical and psychological levels, the practice of Yoga Therapy can help those facing health challenges manage their conditions and reduce any symptoms; but also restore balance, vitality and improve attitude. This method of positive thinking has long been known to aid healing, relaxation and facilitate deep levels of bliss.
The great thing about this method of healing is that no prior knowledge of yoga is required- your highly qualified and experienced yoga therapist will guide and support you for as long as you need and enable you to self-practice at home. You can come back for as many follow up sessions as you like which will allow the therapist to see how you are progressing and make any necessary changes to your regime. The knowledge you will learn will be invaluable for the rest of your life!