What is Yoga Therapy?
In an ideal scenario all yoga would be therapeutic, that is, it would have the ability to help us manage, soothe and perhaps even resolve whatever we step onto the mat for, whether it be for stress management or back pain.
However, in order for yoga to be healing it needs to recognise, understand and address the unique needs of the individual. Depending on what’s going on in your body, mind and breath some yogic practices will be more beneficial to you than others. In fact, some practices might actually be contraindicated and therefore best avoided.
Yoga therapy recognises our uniqueness. In yoga therapy we develop tailor-made practices that address the unique concerns of the individual, taking into account any specific goals or health concerns. We don’t limit ourselves just to poses either – yoga therapy uses the whole range of tools on offer from asana and breathwork through to mudra, mantra and meditation/relaxation techniques.
How is it different from the group classes?
Yoga therapy is usually taught one-on-one but there is definitely scope for yoga therapy group sessions which tend to be smaller than the average yoga class (10 people or less)
The main difference between yoga therapy and a general group class is one of specialisation, for example, a yoga therapy session might be focusing on back pain relief and so the practice will be highly targeted. General group classes are best for students with no specific health concerns or injuries and tend to be more generic in terms of content and focus.
How do I know if I need Yoga Therapy
Anyone can benefit from yoga therapy because we all have aspects of our health and wellbeing that we’d like to work on or improve. That said, there are three scenarios where I believe yoga therapy is particularly important:
- If you’re a beginner.
As a beginner it can be really intimidating to step into a group class. So many instructions, so little time! I would encourage every beginner to have a private session first (just as you might have an induction when you start at a gym), if for no other reason than to keep you safe and injury-free, and to ensure that you’re first class is a little less overwhelming and intimidating.
- If you’re injured.
Yoga done mindfully and with awareness is one of the safest forms of physical movement out there, but it really pays to see someone for a private if you are injured. Certain poses or practices are contra-indicated for specific injuries and should be avoided altogether. Yoga also has extraordinary rehabilitative qualities and can go a long way towards restoring musculo-skeletal balance.
- You're working with a chronic health condition.
With any health condition you will have very specific needs and requirements that are best addressed in a one-on-one setting. A qualified yoga therapist can help create a practice that addresses these needs, keeps you safe and provides you with a logical sense of progression and growth.
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