Yoga, as both a therapeutic and recreational modality has numerous benefits for both mental and physical health including improved strength, greater body awareness, enhanced feelings of physical and mental stability, emotional regulation, and nervous system variability. Through the application of asana ( yoga postures), pranayama (breath work), and meditation, yoga can foster multi-layered changes in the body beginning with the central nervous system. Yoga therapy recognizes that human beings are multidimensional and are affected by physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, and environmental changes. Some of the goals of yoga therapy can be, but are not limited to:
- Promote improved body awareness and cultivate inner resources
- Enhance nervous system variability and feelings of relaxation even when things feel scary or challenging
- Reduce and manage symptoms that contribute to suffering
- Improve overall functioning
- Prevent a decline in health
- Eliminate habitual patterns of behavior that perpetuate suffering
- Change one's relationship with their health condition.
"Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well being through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga."
The International Association of Yoga Therapists
April 12, 2016