What is Yoga Therapy and how it is different than Regular Yoga?

Yoga and Yoga Therapy has many similarities. We both use postures (asana) breath (prana) meditation, Sound, and visualization techniques. Many regular yoga classes are for the relatively active person. Movements tend to more dynamic and at a faster pace with some modifications. Wherein Yoga Therapy is great for people with injuries or diseases that would otherwise keep them from yoga or perhaps other forms of exercise. Yoga Therapy’s main purpose is to create a sense of embodiment and wholeness.  We begin to re-pattern the body and mind by connecting to ourselves thru education and experiential anatomy. Gentle mindful movements with lots of modifications to work at your own pace, learning to relax, slowing down, letting go, and breath work to calm the nervous system is always part of my therapy protocol.

The key advantage of Yoga Therapy is that it empowers people in the healing process. Rather than being a passive recipient of treatment, the student is actively engaged in the path to well-being and is primarily responsible for their recovery. In whatever way we feel imbalanced, yoga therapy can effect positive change by teaching science-based tools to expand vitality and self-awareness. Building awareness of our body and experience is vital, science has proven the more awareness we have the less pain and suffering we experience. Finding compassion for our bodies, to stop treating our bodies as an enemy, or something to be beaten in to shape.  To understand our body is working hard to keep us healthy, and it has an inherent intelligence, and if we can tap into that intelligence, we have the capacity to heal.

What are some of the most common conditions that can be addressed by Yoga Therapy?

  • Back and neck pain,
  • Musculoskeletal injuries (shoulders, hips, knees, etc),
  • Chronic pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Diabetes, Fibromyalgia
  • High blood pressure
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Migraines/Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Scoliosis
  • Stress
  • Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and more.

The future of Yoga Therapy?

Over the past 12 + years, The International Association of Yoga Therapy has made major strides in its mission to establish yoga as a respected and recognized therapy. With a significant body of clinical research that now documents yoga’s proven benefits for a range of health conditions. More than 500 research papers on Yoga Therapy have been published in peer-reviewed journals.

In the USA The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center,  and  the Cleveland Clinic now recognize Yoga Therapy  as a clinically viable treatment

Even here in Canada, the momentum is climbing. A growing number of healthcare practitioners are turning to the ancient practice as a way to help their patients feel better. My hopes for the future is to have Yoga Therapy covered under the Provincial Medical system.

To Book your private session please contact Janine Naman C-IAYT E-RYT 500

www.Innerglowyoga.net or call 778-222-YOGA (9642)

Janine Naman
Janine Naman