Yoga can help reduce stress, increase one’s attention and clarity, increase physical strength and flexibility and provide relief from general pains and injuries, and there is no need to be in a certain shape or place of life to start. If you can breathe, you can practice yoga. Yoga is a practice that creates opportunities to recognize ourselves better, and we start we are and evolve from this place. Through the practice of yoga, we learn to see how we can positively affect our bodies, energy, emotions, mind, and spirit. Every time we practice yoga, we learn more about ourselves, and we can directly influence the direction of change by the intentions we set. As the practice continues, we gradually move towards a state of ease, contentment, and peace in our bodies and minds increasing overall health and well-being.
Posture (asana) practice is usually the first step on the yoga path with the breath being the vehicle that drives and supports the movements. This intricate linkage between breath and movement is a key component of yoga practice creating an awareness of what is happening in the moment facilitating the ability to learn more about yourself, how to help yourself, and for transformation to occur. With continuous practice, your bodies and minds are positively affected as the body become stronger and more flexible, the nervous system becomes more balanced, the mind becomes more clear, and the emotions become more stable. Yoga in a 1:1 setting may be more suitable for you to start. Yoga in a 1:1 setting is very effective because the practice is created specifically for your interests, goals, and condition, and yoga therapy is a modality that can specifically tailor the practice to your current state of health.
Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well being through the application of the philosophy and practice of yoga offered by specially-trained yoga therapists. Specifically, yoga therapy is the appropriate application and adaptation of different aspects of yoga in 1:1 or small group settings. In these settings, conditions and goals are carefully considered, and a therapy practice is then customized to address conditions, goals, and progress through an extensive evaluation, assessment, practice, and follow-up process. Yoga therapy practices are not generic protocols but rather are customized for each client. Through these practices, one learns to explore their condition creating an environment of recovery, healing, balance, and empowerment as the practices allow one to become intimately involved with their own self-care and evolution. In essence, yoga therapy directly helps one learn how to help themselves.