Therapeutic Yoga is a particularly effective practice for those recovering from, or living with, injury or illness. Therapeutic Yoga combines restorative yoga (supported postures), gentle yoga, breathwork, hands-on healing, and guided meditation techniques in such a way that it is an excellent choice for those who need something gentle yet effective for bringing the body into balance and reducing stress. Therapeutic Yoga is a deeply meditative experience – it provides the opportunity to step away from the busy-ness of the outside world and access the deeper wisdom that resides within us.
What is Yoga?
Yoga, meaning “union,” has traditionally been associated with a mental practice aimed to achieve greater consciousness through the use of meditation and physical postures As yoga has gained increased popularity in the Western world, individuals have been driven to yoga for various reasons, often because it fosters and encourages relaxation, increased bodily strength and flexibility, and experiential presence in the current moment (i.e., mindfulness).
Yoga is a Practice
Importantly, yoga is referred to as a practice. That is, with the exception of entering and exiting various postures in a way that avoids injury; a posture may look different from one body to the next and still be “correct.” Novice yogis often assume that if they are inflexible, then they will be unable to reap the full benefits of yoga, but it is the stretch that is most important, not flexibility. In fact, for the super bendy, the full experience of the stretch may be lost. For these individuals, there may be an added benefit to resisting the body’s natural proclivity to collapse into a certain pose.