Is Yoga a Therapy?

Ganesh Mohan on Yoga as Therapy

The foundation of yoga is self-management. A yoga teacher cannot practice yoga in place of her student. The student has to do it herself, whether it be exercises on the mat, breathing, or meditation.

Traditionally, the methods of yoga were not intended as treatment. Yoga was intended to be a journey of self-transformation. Yet, when does healing end, and self-transformation begin?

Health is balance. Extremes in body or mind are rarely healthful. Thus the science of therapeutic yoga lies in using the skills of working with the body-mind complex to restore balance.

If I have back pain, I may not be able to sit in meditation comfortably. The skill of alignment, stabilization, strengthening, better posture in daily life, gentle release, breathing, and stress reduction, can all help to bring the function of the back to a better balance. A yoga teacher can teach this; if taught appropriately and practiced sincerely, back pain usually does reduce.

This is as much yoga as it is therapy. Perhaps, such “yoga therapy” is even more “yoga” than a pain-free individual putting his leg behind his head or dropping back into a wheel pose. After all, the goal of yoga is fundamentally to reduce suffering and improve quality of life, and that is the goal of any therapy too.

The skills of self-care are both preventive and healing. Yoga as a holistic self-management skill is valuable in both health and disease, whether we label it therapy or fitness.

Ganesh Mohan

Yoga as therapy / yoga som terapi

Yoga kan vara en komplementär metod vid sidan av traditionell medicinsk behandling vid ett antal olika tillstånd. Observera att yogan inte ersätter medicinering eller annan medicinsk behandling. Förutom vid

besvär i ländryggen och nedre extremiteterna

hals- och bröstryggen och övre extremiteterna

andningsorganen och hjärt-kärlsystemet

kan yoga användas för att må bra psykiskt, motverka stress, förbättra sömnen, ge lindring vid neurologiskt betingade besvär, för att bara nämna några av de påfrestningar som livet kan bjuda på.

Ring för konsultation 0723 06 17 07 eller mejla

Yoga can be an complementary method in addition to traditional allopathic medical treatment for a number of conditions. Please observe that yoga never is a substitute for medication or medical treatment. Besides

for disorders of the lumbar spine and lower limb

for disorders of the cervical and thoracic spine and upper limb

for respiratory and cardiovascular disorders

yoga can be used for mental well-being, counteracting stress, promoting good sleep, soothing and alleviating neurological conditions, to mention only a few of the strains we are faced with in life.

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International Programs with A.G. and Indra Mohan 2015-2016

Anneke Sips announces:

Extremely honored I am, to announce that A.G. Mohan and his wife Indra Mohan will visit Amsterdam for the first time!

This 2 day program on August 29 and 30, 2015 is an opportunity to meet + study with a teacher respected internationally as one of rare authenticity and knowledge.

A.G. Mohan was a student from Sri T. Krishnamacharya for 18 years. He is known for his masterful teaching and clarity. (As you may now, Krishnamacharya was the teacher of the teachers: BKS Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, Indra Devi, TKV Desikachar and A.G. Mohan).

Mohan is a source of wise guidance for anyone interested in deep understanding of the powerful yogic wisdom. With ease he dispels common misunderstandings on the subject of Yoga.

Indra Mohan is such a sweet and caring woman.

She has been practicing and teaching yoga for more than three decades now. She is one of the few people who received a post-graduate diploma in yoga from Krishnamacharya.

Known for her serene demeanor, she is a source of support and wisdom to her many personal students.

Minding the Mind: ‘Yogic Mindfulness’.
While various forms of Yoga enjoy huge global popularity, its original meaning and purpose has become confusing. The essence of yoga practice is Yogic Mindfulness.

It is about observing the mind and replacing harmful and compulsive thoughts and actions with healthy ones.

Minding the mind enhances mental steadiness and strength. It brings about tranquility and clarity leading to long–term rewards of contentment and peace.

Through this practice we can bring a feeling of lightness and clarity into our body, our senses and our mind.

So, place these dates in your agenda. Check the site regularly – REGISTRY OPENS MAY 21th 2015 (this program may fully booked fast).

// FOLLOW UP IN 2016 //

It will be followed up by the Yogic Mindfulness training intensive. This is a ten day training that will be offered in two parts of five days each. This training intensive will be offered in 2016 in Amsterdam (dates will follow: watch email updates + website).

The Yogic Mindfulness training intensive is designed to guide and inspire you on your yoga practice.

Its primary emphasis is on personal transformation through the application of practical methods for achieving mental steadiness and clarity.

The method for minding our minds was developed centuries ago but it is neither arcane nor mystical. Rather, it is logical, rational and practical. All limbs of Yoga are oriented towards bringing about a calm, clear, light, balanced mode of mind – sattva.

In order to make positive changes in the mind, we must modify the behavior patterns relating to our minds, senses, bodily actions, breath and food. The steps involved include cultivating an awareness and attention (savadhanata) to bring about the state of sattva (samanaskata) and maintain that state (sattvikata). This certainly leads to good health and peace (svasthata) through constant practice.
Therefore, this Yogic Mindfulness program will provide practical and experiential training in:

  • Minding your body
  • Minding your breath
  • Minding your mind and senses
  • Minding your speech
  • Minding your food

An optimal yoga practice has to be tailored to the individual and so this intensive will also include personalized guidance from the Mohans and mentor support.
If you are interested in these subjects, please read A. G. Mohan’s latest book, Yoga Reminder – Lightened Reflections (2015, too. This will also be for sale (limited) at the Yoga Therapy Conference on June 3 in Amsterdam.

I am pretty much blown away by gratitude…
Isn’t this very exciting news?

With much love,

The Tools of Yoga Therapy

Asana: A new pattern is introduced to the body by changing the current and habituated patterns through which the body is living. (This includes alignments, posture, gait, and somatic tone.) 

Pranayama: Creation of a new breath pattern by teaching various breathing techniques, with or without ratios, either with movement, or in classically sequenced breathing practices.

Ahara and Vihara: New lifestyle patterns that may include diet and exercise.

Pratyahara: Create new patterns for the senses, literally meaning providing the “opposite food.” This presents a multitude of possibilities for the yoga therapist.

Dhyanam: New patterns for the mind which may include meditation, guided imagery, and visualizations.

Mantra: This may include a range from monosyllabic sounds to chants and prayers from different faiths and cultures, or meaningful lines from poems. 

Nyasa: Gestures and specific placements often combined with breath or visualization, which are not only palliative, but also bring attention and vitality to the region of focus.

Bhavana: Positive and supportive visualization that empowers the mind in the healing process with specific focuses.


Clinical Synergism In The Treatment Of Trauma: Yoga Therapy And Psychotherapy

Authors: Anita Claney, MS; Gina Siler, MA, MSC, LPC; Kausthub Desikachar, PhD

The Lancet – Should your patient be doing yoga?

Should your patient be doing yoga?

Source: The Lancet

Author: Adrian Burton

“Yoga has been suggested as a treatment for disorders ranging from anxiety to multiple sclerosis. The scientific evidence regarding its benefits, however, is weak. But does this mean yoga should be ignored as a potentially useful complementary therapy? And what might be the pitfalls awaiting the physician who prescribes it? Adrian Burton investigates.”

Personligt utformad yoga på Kunsgsholmen


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