Is Yoga Therapy Right For You?
You may have heard the new buzz of yoga therapy and wondered if it is right for you. Yoga is known to help people with a variety of conditions as more research shows yoga is effective at relieving back pain, chronic pain, managing or reducing chronic stress, and helping people find a place of calm and focus. But did you know that yoga can help even more? Specifically, yoga therapy is where a person can learn specific yoga techniques to learn how to increase overall personal well-being relative to their health conditions.
What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga therapy is the application and adaptation of yoga to address health conditions for individuals and small groups. Considering goals and interests, a therapy practice is then customized for each individual or group. Yoga therapy practices are not generic protocols but rather are customized for your health condition with you as an integral part in the therapy process. Techniques such as asana (movement), pranayama (breath practice), meditation, and contemplation are commonly used in yoga therapy. For example, many people come to see a yoga therapist for structural conditions so these sessions can consist of movements integrated with breath, or if a person comes in for symptom relief for a chronic illness, then movement combined with specific breathwork and learning ways to see themselves and the illness differently may work best. In yoga therapy small groups, the individual needs, limitations, and goals are considered so that everyone can benefit individually within the group. Subsequent follow-up sessions reflect the evolution of the person or group and their changing needs. Yoga therapy is different than private yoga instruction or group classes. In group classes and private instruction, individuals learn techniques to deepen their understanding of yoga, whereas yoga therapy focuses on individuals learning specific yoga techniques and tools to help their specific condition.
What is a Certified Yoga Therapist?
Certified yoga therapists are experienced yoga teachers who have also graduated from an accredited yoga therapy program. Yoga therapy in North America is overseen by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), thus C-IAYT credentials indicate a high level of experience and proficiency.
What Conditions Benefit from Yoga Therapy
Yoga therapy can be beneficial for a variety of conditions. Some of the more common conditions include:
- Pain management and reduction commonly including back, neck and shoulder, knee, foot, and hip and pelvic pain, arthritis, or other structural pain or discomfort
- Pre and post-surgical preparation and recovery
- Chronic illness conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
- Stress management
- Bone health including osteoporosis and osteopenia and sustaining bone health
- Neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease
Is Yoga Therapy Right for You?
In this new age of healthcare, more people find themselves wanting to become an integral part of manage their health. If you want to learn more about your health and how to help yourself in relation to your condition, then yoga therapy may be right for you. The process of yoga therapy empowers you to take a more active role in your self-care to overcome challenges and gain independence. A yoga therapist helps educate about yoga techniques and tools that you can use to address your condition. Through awareness of your body, mind, emotions, and spirit, you can learn to manage, reduce, or eliminate symptoms. You can move towards deeper levels of acceptance, your anxieties become less overwhelming, and your overall state of mental well- being improves.
We invite you to try yoga therapy! Colorado in Motion will offer yoga therapy at several of our offices starting early November facilitated by Barbara Gibson, E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga Therapist, MS.
Call 970.221.1201 for more details and to schedule an appointment.