What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga Therapy bridges the gap in our current healthcare model and uses the principles of yoga to promote health and well-being. Yoga therapy offers insight into changing our relationship with the mind, body, and spirit through a self-directed treatment plan under the guidance of a yoga therapist. The yoga therapy tool kit includes yoga postures, philosophy, breathing, meditation, chanting, Ayurveda, lifestyle design and routine. The union of both occupational therapy and yoga therapy provides a well-rounded perspective to address every person's unique needs.

Yoga Therapy Definition, Perspective and Principles by Richard Miller:

"The application of Yoga therapy is from one or more of three perspectives:

1. The use of Yoga to gain a sense of power, i.e., to develop muscular power, the power to concentrate, the power to do difficult postures, the ability to work over and extended period of time, etc. This is called the application of shakti-krama.

2. The use of Yoga to heal specific problems, such as eliminating impurities in the organs (doshas) or energy centers (cakras) and channels (nâdîs) of the body. This is chikitsâ-krama.

  • If sickness is present, it needs to be cured (chikitsâ).

  • If sickness is not present, protection is necessary (rakshana).

  • If sickness is not present and one has learned how to protect oneself, training is necessary (shikshana).

3. The use of Yoga to go beyond the physical to understand what is beyond the limited sense of self; to know one’s true self as unchanging Witnessing Presence (Purusha) of all that is changing (prakriti). This is called the application of âdhyâtmika-krama."

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