We all think of Yoga as being therapeutic and healing but did you know that Yoga can be specifically adapted to suit your individual needs? By utilizing a distinctly individualized set of yogic tools—postures/exercises, breathwork, meditation techniques, and more—we begin to address an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional needs. There’s a common misperception that Yoga is all about stretching and movement which couldn’t be further from the truth. Yoga therapy can help people who can’t move at all in addition to helping those who are active improve performance.
The yogic model of health is unique because it addresses every aspect of life rather than considering each body part or system separately. Yoga therapy is a safe way of working with the natural capacity of your body and mind to optimize well-being.
A general public yoga class can certainly ease everyday aches, pains, and mood complaints. But a yoga therapy session, whether one-to-one or in a small group, goes much further because it is tailored to the individual.
Yoga therapists have in-depth training to help them assess and keep their clients safe. They work with you to address your specific goals while considering any limitations you might be experiencing. The practices your yoga therapist recommends could include:
- Movement ranging from gentle to vigorous
- Breathing techniques
- Meditation or visualization practices
- Physical postures that address specific areas of discomfort or musculoskeletal imbalances
- Any combination of tools like these!
It all depends on what you need to increase your health and well-being.