Therapeutic yoga is an adaptation of yoga that applies yogic principles and methods to heal various human ailments. Therapeutic yoga is preventive as well as restorative. It is an effective practice for those recovering from or living with, injury or illness. Therapeutic Yoga combines restorative yoga, breathwork, hands-on healing, gentle yoga and meditation techniques in such a way that it brings the body into balance and reducing stress. Therapeutic Yoga is a deeply meditative experience – it teaches us to step away from the busy-ness of the outside world and access the deeper wisdom that resides within us.
Therapeutic Yoga weaves together ancient yogic tools including, breath techniques (Pranayama), hand gestures (Mudra), vocal tones (Mantra), gentle movement (Asana), and different forms of meditation. Therapeutic Yoga can help to support healthy self-regulation and build the resilience we need to deal with stressful situations gracefully, adapt well to change, and keep moving forward in the face of adversity. I hope to see you in class sometime soon!
At Alpesh yoga, Classes are designed to move slowly so you can feel what’s happening on the inside. There is a strong focus on breath, and many aspects of the sequences are done dynamically in an effort to bring more blood flow to the muscles. The intention is to create healthy movement patterns so circulation can flow and improve joint mobility. The Therapeutic Yoga Training Program teaches yoga teachers, nurses, physical therapists, and many others how to adapt yoga for those healing from or living with injury or illness.
Here is the list of common ailments that are benefited by specific therapeutic programs. This list is not exhaustive, but merely indicative:
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Back pain
- Hip pain
- Shoulder injury
- Athletic injuries
- Heart diseases
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Psychological disorders
- Post-Cancer Effects
- Somatic dysfunctions
- Menstrual disorders
- Post Traumatic Syndrome
There is no set sequence or exclusive set of therapeutic yoga asanas. Therapeutic yoga varies on the basis of ailments and different individuals. Some people use pillows and yin yoga for therapy and some include more meditative and energy work.
Are you looking to get certified as a yoga therapist? And if you are a healthcare professional such as physical therapist, occupational therapist, acupuncturist, or doctor exploring how to integrate yoga with your practice, we welcome you to our training.