As an experienced yoga teacher I regularly work with people who have varying needs and requiring different support both in my classes and individually. On the whole, skilful yoga teachers are able to make classes suitable for a wide range of student needs. As a rule yoga, in itself, is therapeutic.
The essence of yoga therapy is preventative and curative. Regular practice of a complete yoga session can restore your natural balance and harmony, bringing positive good health to all areas of your life. Yoga therapy can help relieve your pain while at the same time improve your flexibility and strength, getting you back to the activities you enjoy, giving you an enhanced sense of overall wellbeing.
Yoga Therapy can be helpful in many conditions, including:
- recovery from injury or longterm illness
- positive management of chronic conditions such as asthma, fibromyalgia, diabetes, osteoporosis and cardiovascular diseases
- reducing the harmful effects of stress
- during pregnancy or menopause
- weight loss
- when you are going through change or wanting to make changes – sometimes referred to as ‘stuckness’.
Yoga is different to conventional medical practice in its approach to healthcare. Instead of trying to reduce the cause of disease to a single factor and to correct it using a specific cure, yoga aims to treat illness by improving health on all levels simultaneously and by restoring inner harmony.
Asanas (postures) help to relax and tone your muscles as well as massaging internal organs. Pranayama (breath) seeks to slow the breathing and regulate the flow of prana (energy); Relaxation and meditation act to calm the mind and heal the spirit, thereby:
- reducing symptoms of illness or injury
- establishing more functional breath and movement patterns
- reducing physical and mental suffering
- improving quality of life
- enhancing positive coping strategies.
No previous experience of yoga is necessary.
Many people have different reasons why they practice yoga but ultimately stepping onto the yoga mat for the first time is not always easy, being a beginner never is, however as many yogis out there have experienced, yoga after a while becomes more than just a form of exercise – it becomes part of your life.