If you have ever practiced yoga, then you know the benefits of yoga for living include experiencing a healthier and better life. The asana (physical practice), pranayama (breathwork), and meditation practices of yoga are well-honed tools for cultivating a sense of wholeness in our lives and for opening ourselves to a more expansive appreciation of life itself. When customized for a particular injury, illness or emotional issue then yoga becomes even more therapeutic in it’s wholistic benefits. Yoga Therapy is a cutting edge integrative healing modality when combined with allopathic medicine. It utilizes the most effective modern scientific knowledge with ancient therapies that has a history of thousands of years of proven healing techniques. Together, we can optimize healing injuries, diseases and emotional wounds with clients. Yoga Therapy is empowering and life changing.
Yoga Therapy is now breaking ground into the allopathic realm and being recognized by Medical Doctors, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist and other licensed health care professionals for it’s amazing healing and complimentary benefits when combined with the traditional allopathic modalities.
Like any other health care professional, when choosing a Yoga Therapist it is important that they are properly trained and credentialed by the appropriate governing body. In Yoga Therapy the governing board is the International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT).
According to IAYT, the definition of Yoga Therapy is below :
Definition of Yoga Therapy
Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and wellbeing through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga.
Yoga is a scientific system of self-investigation, self- transformation, and self-realization that originated in India.The teachings of yoga are rooted in the Vedas and grounded in classical texts and a rich oral tradition.This tradition recognizes that the human being’s essential nature is unchanging awareness that exists in relationship to and identification with the changing phenomena of the empirical world.
The yoga tradition views humans as a multi- dimensional system that includes all aspects of body; breath; and mind, intellect, and emotions and their mutual interaction.Yoga is founded on the basic principle that intelligent practice can positively influence the direction of change within these human dimensions, which are distinct from an individual's unchanging nature or spirit. The practices of yoga traditionally include, but are not limited to, asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra, chanting, mudra, ritual, and a disciplined lifestyle.Yoga therapy is the appropriate application of these teachings and practices in a therapeutic context in order to support a consistent yoga practice that will increase self-awareness and engage the client/student’s energy in the direction of desired goals.The goals of yoga therapy include eliminating, reducing, or managing symptoms that cause suffering; improving function; helping to prevent the occurrence or reoccurrence of underlying causes of illness; and moving toward improved health and wellbeing.Yoga therapy also helps clients/students change their relationship to and identification with their condition.
The practice of yoga therapy requires specialized training and skill development to support the relationship between the client/student and therapist and to effect positive change for the individual.
Yoga therapy is informed by its sister science, Ayurveda. As part of a living tradition, yoga therapy continues to evolve and adapt to the cultural context in which it is practiced, and today, it is also informed by contemporary health sciences. Its efficacy is supported by an increasing body of research evidence, which contributes to the growing understanding and acceptance of its value as a therapeutic discipline.
At Dragonfly Ayurveda and Yoga, located in beautiful Venice, Florida, we specialize in Ayurveda and Yoga Therapy. We value what we do and take pride in having only C-IAYT Yoga Therapists and Certified Yoga Alliance Instructors working with our clients. If you would like to schedule a yoga therapy appointment you can call 941-222-0777 or click HERE to schedule your in person or virtual/online consult. - online consults are available and all information provided will be safe and format follows HIPPA compliance with regulations.
*Annette Broy is co-owner of Dragonfly Ayurveda and Yoga Studio in Venice FL. She has been a Registered Nurse since 1994, and a Certified Case Manager since 2000. Annette is a Yoga Alliance Certified E-RYT500, (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher), and a Certified Yoga Therapist with International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). She also holds credentials with National Ayurvedic Medical Association, (NAMA) as a Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner.
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