Why You Need to Know About Therapeutic Yoga!

Hey there, thanks for popping by! I wanted to take a moment to explain a little more about what Therapeutic Yoga is and who it’s for.

“Therapeutic yoga is defined as the application of yoga postures and practice to the treatment of health conditions and involves instruction in yogic practices and teachings to prevent reduce or alleviate structural, physiological, emotional, and spiritual pain, suffering or limitations.” *1.)

Therapeutic yoga is about holistic wellness and self-care movement for everyone. One branch of yoga called Hatha is often used for therapeutic treatment. Hatha is focused on a series of postures, movements, and breathing that elicit change in both body and mind. Proper alignment of the body is attained by using props and modifications during sequences and poses. The aids also help to teach the student proper movement patterns. This form of yoga has been shown to provide increased strength, endurance, and flexibility while creating a positive outlook and a calm demeanor.

Research for yoga as an alternative method of pain management, injury rehabilitation, and overall positive impact on long term health is greatly increasing. Doctors and patients are warming to the idea of treating both body and mind in a nontraditional way.

Current research on yoga as a therapeutic modality for treating arthritis, chronic pain, reduction of depression and anxiety symptoms, has exploded in the last 20 years. The results of a regular guided yoga practice show increased serotonin levels, increased muscular strength, increased balance, and awareness of body position. Research shows a measurable increase in oxygenated blood and fluids to connective tissues that surround your joints. This is reported to reduce the pain and stiffness from arthritis and chronic pain. Properly oxygenated blood creates healthier red blood cells which help to increase their efficacy as well as reducing the incidence of heart attack or stroke.

The use of yoga for athletes has helped pure strength athletes and sport athletes across the spectrum develop better balance and flexibility. With proper body alignment, they can experience an increased ability to uptake and better utilize oxygen during competition or training. Often seen as the replacement for traditional exercise, yoga is a fantastic addition to your favorite activities. Activities like strength training, kayaking, tennis, golf, cycling, and hiking.

Many of us get injured at some point and are told we should no longer do our favorite activities. Using therapeutic yoga, many people have rehabbed safely and effectively, often with minimal pharmacological pain management. Due to the increased flexibility and improved balance, many older athletes have a reduced risk of reinjury or other new injuries. While preventing injury and reducing pain are major highlights of yoga therapy, the autonomy restored to patients is priceless.

As patients better learn to quiet their minds and language with their bodies they began to learn how to better care for and respect their bodies. These patients learn how to apply the principles of a healthy lifestyle and the addition of yoga to their daily activities.

Yoga presents to us the idea that all the elements of being human are fully intertwined. our body, mind, soul, perspective, our mindset. Even our attitudes and behaviors, how we eat, and our personal lifestyle choices are intertwined within each other. If one of these areas has dis-ease, any or all of the other areas can suffer as well.

Therapeutic yoga will help guide all of the elements of life into better harmony. This can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. It can also reduce the sympathetic response, better known as “fight or flight”, reduce resting heart rate, systolic blood pressure, and increase the ability to get quality sleep. It’s safe to say, a little yoga, often, is good for everyone!

I hope this helped answer “what is therapeutic yoga” for you and you can feel confident in taking the next steps towards your personal health.

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