What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga therapy has a long history. The many ‘tools’ of yoga have been developed over thousands of years with the intention of facilitating a better life for the individual – balanced, fulfilling, more joyful.
Yoga acknowledges that we are not just our physical body – that our mind, emotions, psyche, and our deepest sense of self all influence and are influenced by each other. Modern medicine is now calling this the ‘mind-body connection’. Understanding and facilitating this connection is the foundation of true health.
Yoga therapy uses yogic techniques and principles and:
– Empowers each individual to actively engage with their own healing process within the context of a therapeutic relationship.
– Utilises individualised assessment and feedback from you to develop a tailored practice to address your wellbeing goals.
– Can be a complementary approach to your regular medical and health care.
– Is delivered by a qualified/registered Yoga Therapist.
The therapeutic application of yoga and meditation is now being recognised throughout the world as a Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM).
Do I need to have prior Yoga experience?
This approach is perfect for the complete novice and the seasoned yoga /meditation practitioner. No prior experience necessary.
What can one-on-one sessions be beneficial for?
> addressing specific conditions, whether physical, mental or emotional.
> deepening and tailoring your current yoga and/or meditation practice to refine techniques, breathing, alignment, and any other concerns.
> developing a personal yoga/meditation practice purely for enjoyment and enhanced wellbeing.
What are some of the techniques + tools used?
The system of yoga has a large repetoire of approaches used to address our multi-dimensional nature. Some of the most commonly understood include:
> physical postures – to open, stretch, strengthen, and create suppleness in the body as well as to enhance the flow of energy through the whole system.
> breathing practices – to address dysfunctional/ineffective breathing as well as to enhance physiological function. Also to promote calmness, release of stress, centering of the mind.
> meditation & mindfulness – to clarify/bring focus to the mind, to calm the heart, to enhance day-to-day presence and awareness.
> specific relaxation techniques to allow physical and mental tension to release, enhance emotional calming, create space for deep healing and de-stressing.
> plus many other tools including chanting/sounding, mudras (specific ways of holding the hands & body), ritual, prayer, reflective practices and more, as relevant to you and your goals.