Who Can Benefit from Yoga Therapy?

Yoga therapy views transformation as the basis for healing

Yoga therapy is sometimes viewed as just another form of yoga, which simply modifies the poses to a person's individual needs and limitations. However, yoga therapy has a lot more to offer than that. A skilled yoga therapist can help you develop a range of tools for improving wellness and well-being or for working with specific health concerns. Many yoga therapists bring other health qualifications to the table, and many include knowledge from the ancient system of health care, Ayurveda, in their practice as well.

Here are some of the reasons someone might choose yoga therapy over regular yoga classes. Yoga therapy is a good choice for:

• People with specific health concerns, who want to acquire tools specific to their condition to improve wellness. Yoga has proven helpful in the management of back pain, arthritis, depression, anxiety and stress, back and neck pain, fibromyalgia, PMS, headaches, insomnia, menopause, and weight concerns.

• People who are looking for a fulfilling way to exercise. When done correctly, yoga is a rewarding and intrinsically motivating way to stay or become fit. Individual sessions are an important adjunct to regular yoga classes to ensure you gain the most from the postures.

• People who wish to slow aging and improve their health. Yoga therapy can give you the tools to deepen body awareness and increase the health of your body from its most subtle level of functioning.

• People who would like to develop a fulfilling personal yoga practice and optimize the experience of yoga asanas as a preparation for meditation.