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Yoga Therapy is a practice that allows the body to unravel tensions held in the body and the mind through modified postures, relaxation, quiet and receptive reflection and witnessing deep layers of release in body and mind.  In yoga therapy, the body is frequently totally supported and muscular effort can be let go of.  Slow, simple breathing further facilitates the experience of being able to let go of control and increases the relaxation response.

Yoga therapy at times also uses postures that build strength and stamina, if that is needed in a patient’s live.  Strength building postures are always followed by deep relaxation.  Guided Meditations and controlled breathing are used to assist the patient to bring sustained calmness to body and mind.

Research has shown that Yoga Therapy is beneficial for the following conditions and treatments: Depression and anxiety, sleep problems, fibromyalgia, eating disorders, seizures and pseudo-seizures, cognitive disorders, including ADHD, and problems with pain.  Yoga Therapy benefits have been published in research papers by the National Institute for Health and are increasingly thought after treatments.  Yoga Therapy …

  • Releases deep inner tension held for traumatic experience
  • Releases control of the mind, calms inner turmoil
  • Reduces pain directly through release of tension

Research has shown that yoga therapy not only impacts physiological functioning but has distinct and lasting effects on a person’s mental health and psychology. Some of the psychological benefits are described below:

Psychological benefits of Yoga Therapy

Psychological

  • Increase in subjective well-being
  • Improved mood
  • Increase in ability to relax and be in the here and now
  • Increase in self-acceptance and self-awareness
  • Decrease in anxiety and depression
  • Decrease in hostility
  • Increase in social adjustment
  • Improved sleep
  • Normalized pain sensitivity
  • Weight normalizes

Cognitive

  • Improved attention
  • Improved concentration
  • Improved choice reaction time
  • Improved memory
  • Improved learning efficiency
  • Improved symbol coding
  • Improved depth perception

Psycho-physiological

  • Increase in somatic and kinesthetic awareness
  • Improved immunity
  • Improved dexterity and fine motor skills
  • Improved eye-hand co-ordination
  • Increased steadiness
  • Improved balance
  • More integrated functioning of body parts
  • Posture and midline becomes more stable

Above all, Yoga is a spiritual practice that in time rewards the practitioner with inner calm, serenity and a quiet happiness. As part of our patients’ treatment, we recommend three sessions of yoga each week.