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What is Yoga Therapy

Yoga Therapy is the application of yoga practices to combat physical and mental health conditions to promote self-care and improve overall well-being. Whilst the practice of yoga in general aims to cultivate the body and mind and hence has the potential for therapeutic effects, in yoga therapy we are using specific yoga practices and their known benefits to help alleviate or improve mental and physical ailments

Yoga therapy has become so popular, that many doctors are now endorising it.  Various medical journals reveal research as to yoga’s multi-tiered benefits.  Likewise those in the field of mental health often recommend yoga to clients or may even integrate aspects into their work.  The Minded Institute train many mental health professionals to bring yoga therapy into clinical practice.

The evidence and support of yoga therapy is so great that the NHS is now also becoming increasingly aware of the potential benefits of yoga therapy to their staff and patients alike and they recommend the British Council of Yoga Therapists for Complementary and Alternative Therapies element of their service

Why Yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy aligns the unique and precise health needs of the client with yoga practices which the yoga tradition and also medical science find to have particular curative effects.  For example, with lower back pain, there are very specific yoga positions and postures for strengthening and supporting the back and even soothing the symptoms of a herniated disc. Likewise, with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), there are gentle, specialised ways of regulating the nervous system and fostering the return of an awareness of the body. Specific yoga postures can also be used to reduce heightened sensory arousal and promote emotional regulation with autistic clients.

Sessions may include breathing techniques, postures, meditation, relaxation techniques, or the promotion of behavioural changes.

Yoga Therapy Can Treat

Mental Health Conditions such as:

  • Stress

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • PTSD

  • Schizophrenia

  • ADHD

  • Eating Disorders

  • Addiction

  • Post-Natal Depression

Physical Health Conditions such as:

  • Back Pain

  • Musculaskeletal problems

  • Diabetes

  • High Blood Pressure

  • Parkinson’s

  • Asthma

  • COPD

  • Cancer

  • HIV

  • Alzheimer’s

  • Brain Injury

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Autoimmune Diseases

  • IBS

  • Obesity

  • Heart Disease

  • Insomnia

  • Arthritis

  • Osteoporosis

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