What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapy is a process that opens up knowledge of Yoga's primary intention; awakening our essential spiritual nature, heightening our levels of consciousness and healing and strengthening the physical body. It treats not just the physical body, but the mind and spirit as well.
It is a process that is unique to each individual seeking this integrating practice. It teaches us that healing comes from within the body, deep down to the cellular level and is a process of re-education, discovery, openness and acceptance. When all are fully integrated, it creates optimal health and vitality and is a powerful tool for healing on a multidimensional level.
Yoga Therapy is an energy exchange between patient and therapist that blends ancient wisdom with modern medicine. It can be used as part of a physical therapy program as well as in a psychotherapy capacity and revolves around the use of yoga poses and other yogic healing techniques. Yoga healers find that it effectively, gradually and naturally alleviates many psychological and emotional disorders.
Yoga Therapy is not meant to take the place of medical care, but when practiced in conjunction with Western medical treatment it is doubly effective in speeding up integrated wellness. It empowers and enables individuals facing any level of illness. By using physical and spiritual tools to improve health and well being and by integrating new levels of healing, the result is a more balanced and positive lifestyle.
To quell a popular myth, yoga does not interfere with religion or require you to practice any certain faith, but it has the power to change your life. The focus is on the path of yoga as a healing journey that brings balance to your body and mind.
Yoga Therapy is a personalized program designed to heal, strengthen and give specific help where needed. This may mean doing gentle or advanced strengthening exercises, learning relaxation techniques to help manage stress, pranayama breath control, meditation, yogic purification techniques and learning alignment principles regarding a flow of healing yoga postures.
It is designed for the specific challenges and strengths that an individual brings to the mat and reveals ways to relieve suffering by adapting to the inevitable changes of life. Everyone is unique; someone with a demanding active lifestyle with chronic low back pain and anxiety will be treated differently than a sedentary elderly person.
This ancient healing and integrating system is derived from Patanjali's Yoga Sutras and the Ayurvedic system of health and is for anyone who wants to make therapeutic use of yoga. Through yoga, you will discover the way your current health and lifestyle is related and it goes one step further by uncovering imbalances that can eventually be corrected.
Thai Yoga Massage Therapy
Thai Yoga Massage Therapy is an ancient, sacred healing art that is more than 2500 years old and is an assisted yoga stretch and alignment therapy that is performed fully clothed (bare feet is a requirement) on a firm mat on the floor. The body weight of the therapist is used rather than muscular force to manipulate the client. This yogic art focuses on activating, healing and energizing the many meridians (energy centers) of the body through assisted movements. A Thai Yoga Massage Therapy session is deeply relaxing while at the same time rejuvenating and energizing.
The Time is Now
The time for Yoga Therapy is now and it is definitely going to continue to be mainstream in the future. Begin by learning about the
foundations of yoga
and apply these principles to your daily life. Finding a qualified yoga teacher/therapist is important but may not always be possible. If no qualified teachers are available,
begin your own practice
and let the universe take care of the details. You will be guided to the place you need to be.
Start your practice now and see the deepest levels of healing occur in mind, body and spirit.
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