Isn’t all yoga therapeutic?
All yoga has the potential to be therapeutic and deeply healing but yoga therapy applies the numerous yoga tools to specific health conditions in a more individualized session. These tools include breathwork, physical movement through stretches and postures, meditation, relaxation and gentle bodywork (assisted gentle stretches).
How does it differ from a yoga class?
Yoga therapists have a postgraduate qualification in holistic yoga therapy so have studied the yogic tools and their application in more depth. Most yoga therapy session are one to one in person and start with a more detailed assessment of individual’s health and wellbeing. Yoga therapy can also be practiced in small groups on specific conditions.
Yoga classes are generally in larger groups, where all specific needs are difficult to cater for. Unless you attend a yoga class specifically for your condition the practice will be general in nature to help cater for the majority. Yoga therapy sessions are designed around your individual needs to enable you to achieve your own health and well being goals. The Yoga therapist empowers you to take more control of your own wellbeing and ability to heal yourself.
Many health conditions are either caused or made worse by the stress we encounter in our lives. Yoga therapy takes a holistic approach to looking at these stresses and how to manage your response to them. Specific yogic tools help to switch on your own rest and digest response, the parasympathetic nervous system and counter your flight and flight response to stressors, the sympathetic nervous system.