What is Yoga Therapy?
Is all Yoga therapeutic?
Yoga Therapy isn’t something new, to put it simply it is yoga taught in its traditional setting one on one or in a small group environment. With Yoga so common place now with many a yoga studio opening up how can we differentiate between a general yoga class and a more therapeutic setting?
There is a common misperception that all Yoga is therapeutic, it has the potential to be, but the practice must suit the person and the purpose.
Through my own experience in both practicing and teaching yoga and yoga therapy over the years there is a distinct difference between attending your general yoga class at a studio or gym compared with a private or small group Yoga Therapy session. A Yoga Therapist has more in-depth training and is better equiped to assist with various health concerns. A general yoga class will often see you trying to fit in to a generalised practice within a large group.
While this may be fine initially, it is when we are looking for assistance with something more specific is where yoga therapy steps in.
Having both personally practiced and taught yoga for many years studying yoga therapy was an opportunity that opened up so many more possibilities for both my own practice and to be of better service to my students in a way that supports them as an individual, with their own unique requirements and goals.
You may ask why or when would I consider using Yoga Therapy?
- For management and improvement of structural alignment, improved mobility and strength, greater body awareness and injury recovery or prevention
- Stress reduction and resilience learn how to keep stress levels down and build resilience to stress
- Improved mental wellbeing
- As a general practice for prevention and maintenance of good health
- Pre and post pregnancy
What may I learn or do in a Yoga Therapy session?
- Physical postures/movements
- Breathe – research about the importance of breath keeps growing and is an essential part of a Yoga Therapy session to enhance your wellbeing.
- Relaxation techniques
- sound/mantra may be given where appropriate as facilitation for breath and steadying the mind.
- Ayurveda -Ayurveda guides us in how to eat well (sattvic diet) and live well as a holistic science and with dealing with more complex health conditions.
So whether you have chronic back pain, suffering from stress and anxiety, wanting to improve mobility/strength/posture, or simply want to feel more at ease within yourself why not try a yoga therapy session you may be pleasantly surprised about what you will learn about yourself and about yoga.
Kim Allan is a certified and registered Yoga Therapist and Senior registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Australia, who has been teaching for over 15yrs.
At the Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda Wellness Centre Kim offers private Yoga Therapy sessions, small group yoga for wellbeing classes and Yoga Therapy classes for Back Care, stress and anxiety, Healthy ageing and meditation.