Yoga therapy offers great opportunities for all those who want to take their health into their own hands. 

Yoga therapy for EVERYONE

Therapeutic yoga, colloquially called “yoga therapy” for short, comes from India and is the traditional science and art of healing according to yogic and Ayurvedic principles. According to the yoga tradition of Krishnamacharya, holistic exercises are coordinated in such a way that body, breath, and mind find the balance that is necessary for health. Imbalance can be demonstrated by somatic as well as psychosomatic symptoms, but can also be brought back into balance on both levels. 

Often it is mental obstacles, such as unconscious, harmful beliefs and behavior patterns, that stop or even dry up our energy flow. In therapeutic yoga, we know the symbiosis of body, breath, and mind. Since western medicine still sees the physical level as primarily relevant for the treatment of illnesses and the restoration of health, the physical level is particularly important for people in the western world. As soon as the symptoms disappear, the patient is treated as having been treated.

Yoga posture the cobra (Bhujangasana) – representation of the spine and muscles

Yoga therapy – the best from East and West

Yoga therapy combines the classical, eastern yoga tradition and Ayurvedic science with the latest findings in western, functional anatomy, muscle, fascia, and joint therapy. Muscle function therapy has proven to be particularly effective in combination, through which – since it is applied to the neuromuscular system – additional deep tension in the musculoskeletal system can be released. 

Thus a wonderful way to optimize the physical and mental state of every person. The focus is on the individual as a unity of body, soul, and spirit with their potentials, skills, and talents. A specific adaptation of the yoga practice is therefore indispensable in any case in order to be able to work sensibly and purposefully. Character traits, thoughts, experiences, etc.

Essential factors to consider in yoga therapy:

  • Age
  • job
  • Family relationships
  • Living conditions and way of life
  • nutrition
  • current health condition
  • previous illnesses
  • physical and mental constitution (stress and energy level)
  • Personality,
  • Skills and talents
  • spiritual and religious orientation
  • Needs and objectives
  • Willingness, discipline

The task is to ensure maximum effectiveness. Only when all of these factors are considered can a high quality, effective exercise program be devised.

Applications of yoga therapy

Since problems mostly manifest themselves in the physical, illnesses, injuries and limitations are in the foreground. Hardly anyone does not complain of tension or pain. Conventional medicine is mostly about treating symptoms, but the primary task should be to identify the causes of complaints. Often psychological stress such as pressure, fears, and emotional blocks are just as important. 

Circumstances and/or unfavorable habits perceived as stressful led to the fact that the person was brought out of balance. Now a holistic approach is required to bring people back into their balance. A holistic approach also includes, for example:

  • the interaction of diet and lifestyle
  • structural problems such as back, shoulder, neck, knee pain, and hip problems in the musculoskeletal system such as herniated discs, scoliosis, etc.
  • Joint problems (e.g., rheumatism, osteoarthritis)
  • Heart disease, high blood pressure
  • Disorders of digestion and elimination
  • mental disorders and illnesses (limited)
  • chronic complaints such as insomnia, anxiety, depression, burn-out, obesity and
  • chronic illnesses such as asthma, migraines, and many more

Yoga therapy – a competent help for self-help

Simple yoga therapeutic exercises give everyone the opportunity to help themselves effectively, also preventively. In therapeutic yoga, it is important to recognize which living conditions, behaviors, and habits have unbalanced the state of health. So it’s not primarily about symptoms and diseases, but rather about the causes that led to the complaints. Rest and relaxation during the practice open up the opportunity to experience self-reflection and self-healing. 

The calmer and clearer the state of mind, the more decisive answers can be found within. Breathing and meditation support the transformation on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level. The result is the perception or realization that one is only for one’s own life, is responsible for his health and satisfaction. The specially and individually created exercise program leads the person back to his original equilibrium and enables the re-establishment of the unity of body, breath, and mind.

Our postures and movements have a major influence on how we behave and have a direct effect on our attitudes, our well-being, and our charisma. Our entire appearance also subliminally transmits information and thus has a decisive effect on our counterpart. Posture therefore not only reflects deficits in the physical area but also allows conclusions to be drawn about how we are feeling at the moment. 

The role of asana in yoga therapy

Only in the correct alignment of an asana (posture) can we achieve the optimal effect! The doctrines on correct posture and execution of asanas differ in the many different yoga styles and schools, sometimes diametrically. Students are often confused about the correct execution and are not given detailed or plausible explanations. 

It is therefore important to have sufficient knowledge of anatomy in order to avoid a too one-sided and dogmatic view of things and to be able to develop a detached and free view. Because only those who also know the anatomical basics can build up a sensible asana practice that is adapted to individual requirements and complaints. Causes of diseases etc. To recognize painful conditions, to acquire anatomical background knowledge.

Initiative and responsibility are capitalized!

Personal responsibility is a virtue and means the responsibility that you bear yourself. It is a logical consequence of freedom. Everyone has responsibility for their own way of life, spiritual development, and health. Personal responsibility is the opposite of the victim mentality because it is important to take your life situation, lifestyle, and happiness into your own hands. 

And if you cannot cope with a situation yourself, you have the responsibility to seek help or to accept it. Individually tailored to the individual and his needs, therapeutic yoga therefore also requires the willingness to practice independently and regularly between the common units. 

The practice can be integrated relatively easily into daily life with regular, short practice times. Yoga therapy is in line with the trend and zeitgeist of taking a lot of things into your own hands in the medical-therapeutic area and not just wanting to rely on experts. This increasing personal responsibility finds a useful method in yoga therapy today. Modern research also proves with numerous findings that yoga had not formulated its self-responsible and health-maintaining effect in the western sense, but had always worked and acted that way.

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