What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga therapy is a special version of yoga

Yoga Therapy

Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy is a special version of yoga that is designed to help those who have special limitations, injuries or other physical issues. Although regular yoga classes can help people improve their overall physical health, yoga therapy is designed to help those with specific conditions improve over time.

The yoga therapy practitioners are qualified teachers of yoga who have undergone additional training in other fields, particularly medicine to help those who are currently suffering from specific ailments or injuries to rehabilitate while preventing re-injury or a worsening of their physical condition. Yoga therapy has proven to be highly effective when it comes to managing and reducing stress as well.


The History of Yoga Therapy

It is known that yoga developed in India over 5,000 years ago which subsequently influenced following generations of the Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cultures. The six different forms of yoga has having been passed down through the ages are as follows;

  • Vedic: This form of yoga was first written down over 3,000 years ago
  • Pre-Classical: Over 2,000 years old and lasting until roughly 200AD
  • Classical: Ranging from the 1st to the 5th Century AD
  • Post-Classical: From roughly the 5th Century to the 19th Century
  • Modern: Created in 1893 in Chicago by Swami Vivekananda, this form of yoga really took hold in the United States and was practiced by Hollywood stars such as Jennifer Jones and Gloria Swanson. However, the most famous practitioners may have been the Beatles during the peak of their popularity. 

Finally, yoga today has helped people of all different physical states, ages and backgrounds with their physical and mental well being. Over 30 million people currently practice yoga around the world. 


What is Yoga Treatment?

Yoga Treatment

Yoga Treatment

Basically, yoga treatment is a form of yoga that takes into account the current physical condition of the person being treated. The more information the practitioner of the yoga treatment has, the better they can design a program that fits the needs of the patient.

The first step is a consultation session in order to discover the current condition of the patient, their physical limitations and what can be done to start the yoga therapy. The actual sessions once they begin involve breathing, relaxation and practicing the proper posture. This combination of yoga postures are intended to strengthen your body, increase flexibility and mobility as well.


How Yoga Therapy Can Help You

Although yoga therapy can do quite a bit, it is a complimentary medicine to the main treatment, not something that stands alone. You should always consult with a physician before taking on yoga therapy, especially if you have a physical condition or injury so that the full extent of your rehabilitation can be performed. However, it can be quite beneficial in building up your physical strength so that you can overcome your injury or condition quickly and efficiently. 


The Benefits of Yoga Therapy

There are a number of benefits that this form of therapy can bring, starting with the way it can address the body while getting around physical limitations that are imposed.

Increased Flexibility: Yoga therapy can increase the overall flexibility in the body, allowing it to more with greater range and comfort than before. This is because the muscles are worked gently to more with greater range along with the ligaments and tendons which are allowed to stretch to a much greater degree.

Increased Energy: Yoga gets the heart pumping and the blood flowing in a more low impact way than traditional exercises. Detoxification: In addition to getting the blood flowing, the body responds by flushing out the toxins which creates a greater sense of well being. 


The Other Types of Yoga

Types of Yoga

Types of Yoga

In addition to yoga therapy, there are other types of yoga as well which includes the following;

Structural: Designed to properly balance the body that was disrupted due to injury or some other factor. Structural yoga allows a person to regain their proper balance which in turn alleviates pain and soreness from the previous misalignment.

Hatha: This is a traditional form of yoga that incorporates breathing, posture and relaxation which helps improve the emotional state as well while providing a good workout.

Yoga for Pregnancy: This type of yoga helps a mother feel more relaxed and comfortable during the entire pregnancy process. Plus, it will help in relieving the stress on the spine and build up strength in the back as well.

Post-Natal & Baby Yoga: A great way to shed the pounds and get back into shape. Gentle exercises will quickly restore the body to its former self after giving birth and even help prevent incontinence as well. For the baby, gentle yoga exercises will help them develop their balance from sitting to crawling to walking. Also, chest and other stretches will help prevent constipation and colic in babies as well.

Bikram: This form of yoga is performed in a heated room and was founded in the 1970s. The result is a type of yoga that offers many health benefits when performed in moderation. There are 26 Bikram poses to be performed that help increase endurance, stretch the muscles and oxygenate the blood as well.


The Qualifications of a Yoga Therapist

Although there are currently no national laws in place, there are places that provide the proper training and education to make a yoga therapist. The overall goal is to meet and exceed the high standards that this particular form of yoga requires.

There are a number of professional organizations that have established standards for yoga therapy and what it takes to meet their qualifications. There are also eligibility requirements, a code of ethics and procedures for complaints from those who may not be happy with the therapy that they received.

All in all, yoga therapy is a proud tradition that offers thousands of people a way to rehabilitate their bodies while still recovering from injuries or overcoming ailments and conditions that prevents traditional rehabilitation therapies to work. Yoga therapy when properly employed is an excellent means to get the body back into shape. 




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