Dr Dean Ornish an eminent American Cardiologist has shown that a Yogic lifestyle can reverse heart disease and states “Yoga is a system of perfect tools for achieving union as well as healing.”
Yoga Therapy empowers and supports individuals to manage their health using the principles of yoga and applying a range of yoga practices developed within a professional therapeutic relationship. It is about assisting the whole individual, rather than focusing on the condition and the tools used may include specific regimens of postures, pranayama (breath work/ breathing exercises), mudras, relaxation, meditation, dietary advice, lifestyle counselling and self-development guidance to suit individual needs.
Yoga therapy is the adaptation of yoga practices for people with health challenges. Medical research shows that Yoga therapy is one of the most effective complementary therapies for several common conditions. The challenges may be an illness, a temporary condition like pregnancy or childbirth, or a chronic debilitating conditions.
Yoga therapy tailors these to the health needs of the individual. It helps to promote all-round positive health, as well as assisting particular medical conditions.
While modern medicine has a lot to offer humankind in its treatment and management of acute illness, accidents and communicable diseases, Yoga therapy has much to offer in the way of preventative, promotive and rehabilitation methods in addition to many management methods to tackle modern illnesses.
Some disorders that can be greatly assisted by Yoga therapy: