What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga is an ancient holistic healing discipline comprised of a variety of tools such as body postures, conscious breathing, meditation, sound and visualization. Yoga Therapy is a specialized training where the teacher learns how to carefully select specific Yogic tools to work one-on-one with an individual or in a small therapeutic group that has a specific diagnosis or common symptoms to empower each individual to use these tools to improve his or her quality of life.
Yoga Therapy and Trauma
In Yoga Therapy, trauma is a condition where there is a severe body/mind separation caused by an event or conditions that overwhelms the ability of the nervous system to integrate the experience. The body, breath and mind protect itself by instinctively manifesting symptoms to cope in the present moment. As a result, it imprints a pattern on the body, breath and mind structure; muscle tension, heart rate, breath capacity, thought pattern. Yoga Therapy aims to unite body, breath and mind in the present moment. Yoga aims to use gentle movement, breathing and present moment awareness to facilitate a person to reconnect with their body.
Tools Used in Yoga Therapy include the following:
- Postures (asanas) and gentle movement
- Breathing techniques (Pranayama)
- Concentration and meditation practices (Dharna/Dhyana)
- Therapeutic massage
- Yoga Philosophy
- Ayurvedic techniques – oil application and essential oil usage
- Usage of props (bolsters, props, straps