There are many different styles of yoga -all inherently have many therapeutic benefits. However, there are significant differences between a traditional yoga class and a therapeutic yoga class. In a therapeutic yoga class, whether a one–on-one setting or a group setting, the focus is on intentional healing of a specific injury or illness. Students are met where they are, and their practice is supported using a wide variety of yoga props, making it safe and accessible to everyone. The educational component of therapeutic yoga provides students with a deeper understanding of the body and mind. Students can ease their physical and emotional pain or discomfort, shift their perspectives about their health conditions, offering a natural way to activate the body’s own healing potential.
Whether you are currently struggling with an injury or illness or not -we are all in need of letting our bodies rest and repair. A therapeutic yoga class helps activate the parasympathetic nervous system – the bodies rest, digest and repair mechanism. In a society with high stress levels, finding balance between work, family and friends is so consuming that we often forget to take time out of our schedules to take care of ourselves! Because of this go-go-go mentality, our bodies are spending too much time with the sympathetic nervous system – the bodies fight or flight response – kicked into high gear. This stress response can trigger a cascade of stress hormones that produce physiological changes in the body such as increased heart rate, increased blood pressure and tense muscles. Chronic stress takes a toll on the body and the brain and can lead to a vast array of health conditions including chronic pain, anxiety, depression and cardiovascular disease. Therapeutic yoga enables individuals to self regulate the nervous system through yoga poses, breath work and meditation exercises that can easily be incorporated into daily life.
“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”