Right now we are glad to present to you the Yoga Therapy – one of the interesting and rather new trend in Yoga.
What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga therapy, derived from the Yoga tradition of Patanjali and the Ayurvedic system of health care refers to the adaptation and application of Yoga techniques and practices to help individuals facing health challenges at any level manage their condition, reduce symptoms, restore balance, increase vitality, and improve attitude.
The emerging field of Yoga therapy is steeped in the history and tradition of Yoga, though one can say that modern Yoga and Yoga therapy began development about 200 years ago when western science and medicine began to notice and study Yoga. So, modern Yoga and modern Yoga therapy are in many ways new creations, rather than a continuation of a specific Indian spiritual tradition.
Yoga Therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and wellbeing through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga.
The practice of Yoga therapy is aimed at developing self-knowledge through a process of personal witnessing and understanding the self.
From the Yoga perspective, self-knowledge is health in the most complete sense. It focuses on healing at all levels of the person: physical, energetic, psycho-emotional, and spiritual. It’s a modality that can be applied to groups or individuals with specific health challenges.
Yoga therapy recognizes that relief of symptoms is just one facet of the healing process and that not all illness and disease can be cured. It does, however, provide a methodology to heal lives, reduce pain, and stress, and relieve physical symptoms and psychological suffering.
Yoga therapy recognizes that the healing journey is unique to each individual and so selects, adopts and modifies all practices appropriately for the individual and/or group depending upon age, physical condition and ability.
What is the Difference Between Yoga and Yoga Therapy?
All Yoga is considered therapeutic but Yoga therapy is Yoga with a specific focus on health and healing. Yoga therapy is based in creative, student-centered education, where the teachers are facilitators rather than gurus in the traditional Indian sense, because it is only by awakening the student’s connection to his or her own true source of wellness that healing can occur.
Modern yoga therapy can be traced back to the yoga master T.Krishnamacharya, who produced students that became the West’s most influential teachers of therapeutic yoga, including his son TKV Desikachar and BKS Iyengar.
It’s widely known that Yoga can enhance your physical and emotional well being, but when Yoga is practiced with a therapeutic intention in the form of Yoga Therapy, it can help prevent and aid recovery from physical and mental ailments. Yoga has long been practiced with therapeutic intentions as way of transforming both the body and the mind.
On a psychological level, the introspection promoted by yoga is essential to the self-knowledge process that fuels psychic transformation. The different relaxation techniques allow the troubled mind to calm and decrease its activity while promoting stability. Yoga considers the psyche to be spread in different centers along the body (chakras). Each related to a nervous plexus, an endocrine gland, an organ or group of organs and specific psychic qualities. By acting upon the chakras, yoga brings light to any psychic blockages, making them available to the conscious mind. The modern western correlate of this scheme is in the core of psycho-neuroimmunology, a branch of psychology that studies the interaction between the nervous, endocrine and immune systems, explaining some of the subtle mechanisms of psychosomatic medicine.
The fact that the different branches of science are now acknowledging that everything in the universe works together with absolute, intimate and exquisite interrelationship is part of the basis of the increasing success and respect that Yoga Therapy is gaining among main stream medical practitioners. As more clinicians use these techniques either for themselves of or their patients, and as more masters design specific applications of yoga, the spectrum of Yoga Therapy grows exponentially.
Yoga therapy advocates believe that since yoga is a holistic discipline — teaching that the mind, body, and spirit are connected — yoga therapy can go beyond the results that are possible with physical therapy.
At the BYC you can visit master classes leading yoga therapists
Alex Monastery – Course Director “Anatomy for Yoga Therapy”
Physiotherapist and Osteopath – www.yoga-terapeutico.com
Or Haleluiya – President of the “Spanish Association of Yoga Therapy”, Acupuncturist
And we are glad to announce that at BYC you can meet and ask your questions directly to Leslie Kaminoff, author one of the best-selling yoga book “Yoga Anatomy”, has been bringing the study of anatomy to life for over 25 years.
Yoga educator inspired by the tradition of T.K.V. Desikachar. He is an Internationally recognized specialist with thirty years’ experience in the fields of yoga, breath anatomy and bodywork. He has led workshops for many of the leading yoga associations, schools and training programs in America. www.yogaanatomy.org
Leslie currently practices in New York City and Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He is the founder of the yoga blog, “e-Sutra,” and “The Breathing Project,” a New York City yoga studio dedicated to the teaching of individualized, breath-centered yoga. Leslie teaches The Breathing Project’s unique year-long course in yoga anatomy, and is the co-author, with Amy Matthews, of the bestselling book, “Yoga Anatomy” published by Human Kinetics. He also teaches The Breathing Project’s unique year-long course in yoga anatomy, which is now available online to a world-wide audience.
See You at the Barcelona Yoga Conference – 4-8 July 2013
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