What is Yoga Therapy
The literal translation of Yoga in Sanskrit means ‘union’. Yoga is a union of the body, mind, and spirit. The union of your physical body with the divine. Yoga is the thing that unites it all. Through breath, through asana practice, and through a way of living your life in a more peaceful way.
So it should come as no surprise that the ancient science of yoga has been practiced for centuries as a means of bringing and keeping the body in health and vitality. It’s a common misconception in the western world that yoga is just another form of exercise because it is so much more than that.
Many health experts now agree that yogic practices can be as if not more, effective in treating various states of dis-ease with many doctors prescribing yoga classes as part of a persons treatment.
Enter yoga therapy.
But what is yoga therapy exactly?
Yoga Therapy is just like other yoga classes, but the emphasis of the class is much more specific. Whereas a standard yoga class may work towards a more general goal like opening the hip flexors, Yoga therapy applications are specifically aimed at emotional, physical, and energetic healing.
Yoga is used to encourage healing for everything from anxiety and depression to auto-immune disease. Yoga is a very effective alternative or adjunct therapy that stimulates the body’s healing response and offers one a more complete level of healing, including physical, emotional, energetic, and spiritual.
The union of yoga brings together all of the important elements you need to fully heal your trauma. It doesn’t just focus on one part as many therapies do.
For the purposes of healing emotional trauma, Yoga as a mental health therapy is effective as it integrates one’s various states of being in promoting healing. Channeling energy through presence and the breath, and bringing the traumatized brain back online through specific postures and techniques.
Therapeutic yoga classes can be tailored made for your specific emotional and/or physical trauma, working to bring your awareness to where and why these wounds have manifested. In a yoga therapy class, you are lead on an inward journey that stimulates deep healing and promotes inner peace.
What happens in a yoga therapy class?
We use traditional yoga postures to free the body of trapped energy, old beliefs, and habits. You will learn to access your own powerful energy, and use it to bring vitality back to the body and mind. This will help you to understand how your brain and mind store and process your emotional trauma throughout the body; physically, emotionally, and energetically. Through regular practice you will learn the tools to dislodge stuck memories and energy, effectively bringing the brain back “online”, and returning you to a state of wholeness.