Yoga is a tradition that originated in India and dates back thousands of years. Within the past century, it has made it’s way to the west and is now a popular physical activity for people who want to get some exercise but who also want to connect to their deeper selves via the union of mind, body and spirit. Yoga therapy is a fairly new term that refers to the application of traditional yogic techniques such as asana (physical postures), pranayama (breath work) and meditation to improve specific health ailments in a particular person. Because everyone is unique in terms of physical body, ability and health condition, yoga therapy is usually done one-on-one to holistically address one’s particular goals or health issues. It is a more gentle approach than what one would typically experience in a ‘regular’ yoga class because the goal is less about exercise and more about health maintenance and healing.
In addition to treating physical ailments, yoga therapy is extremely successful in addressing issues that exist in the energetic plane such as anxiety, depression and insomnia. It has been proven to help reduce risk factors for high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease through simple techniques using the breath, and can also alleviate side effects from harsh medical treatments such as chemotherapy/radiation. Although it is not a cure, a successful yoga therapy course can lead to lower drug dosages for individuals living with conditions such as type II diabetes or asthma.
Performed on a daily basis, yoga therapy will help maintain and enhance existing good health, prevent future ailments and speed up recuperation and/or complete eradication of specific health issues. Considered to be a ‘complimentary system’, yoga therapy can be beneficial on it’s own but it can also be applied in addition to other types of medical treatments and physical therapies for maximum results.
If you or anyone you know could benefit from this kind of holistic, non-invasive, therapeutic approach to better health please contact Ace Sports Clinic to book a consultation.