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.

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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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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.

Source:

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

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

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