A Yoga Therapy works with the whole person – body, mind and spirit – using their knowledge of yogic physiology and pathology and western medicine, alongside a detailed understanding of their clients’ health and wellness goals. They use a range of techniques including asana (postures), pranayama (breath awareness and techniques), mudra (gestures), chanting, visualisations, relaxation, meditation and self-development guidance.
Yoga increases the flow of oxygen rich blood to the brain and throughout the body, thus promoting mental and physical energy. It also helps to reduce stress which may be a contributing factor in the development of life-threatening conditions such as cancer.
Healing from Within: The Power of Yoga Therapy for Mind and Body
The participants in this Delphi study regarded yoga as an important treatment for depression and anxiety and indicated a high level of consensus on several recommended components of yoga interventions including breath regulation, postures and meditation. However, further research is needed to determine minimum, maximum and optimum amount of practice required to gain benefits from these interventions.
The premise is that by engaging the client/student in their own healing process, they learn to become more responsible for their health and wellbeing, empowering them to take a proactive role in their wellness journey. A key component of this is the understanding that one’s own state of being is a vital contributing factor to the speed and extent of healing. It is this understanding, along with a commitment to the principles of Yoga, that makes Yoga Therapy such a powerful therapeutic tool.