What Is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga therapy has been used for many years due to its mental and physical health benefits. Through yoga postures, meditation, breathing exercises, and guided imagery, yoga therapy integrates the body, mind, and spirit.
Scientific research has been done to determine its benefits and efficacy. The results are amazing! Due to its incorporation of elements from psychotherapy and physical therapy, yoga therapy is capable of preventing and treating a diversity of medical conditions of both mind and body.
Mental Health Benefits
Today, yoga therapy is actively used in the treatment of psychological disorders, such as depression and anxiety. It’s also showing also great results in patients with schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and autism. Besides these, mental health professionals find yoga therapy very helpful in overcoming addiction problems and substance abuse issues. Yoga can increase the levels of the neurotransmitter GABA, commonly low in these patients.
For the physical benefits, experts also recommend yoga therapy. because it integrates body and mind, being very effective in medical conditions such as back pain, chronic fatigue, heart diseases, blood hypertension, asthma, multiple sclerosis, and chemotherapy side effects, among others.
Is important to mention that yoga therapy may not a complete treatment method per se, but a complementary one. This therapy, specifically in coordination with a doctor who identifies the health problem, can create the best complete treatment plan for each patient.
How To Select a Therapeutic Yoga Instructor
When choosing the right yoga therapist, you have to take into account that these therapists can be either straight forward yoga teachers, or those who also hold degrees in psychotherapy, chiropractic, medicine, physical therapy or other similar fields. The important thing is to find a teacher with solid experience and training to develop a positive and therapeutic relationship. In the case of our yoga teachers, the training emphasis is on orthopedic injuries and stress relief techniques.