By now, many people know that yoga is a kingpin in the world of flexibility and strength. Lesser known, however, is the emerging practice of yoga therapy – a complimentary treatment now being prescribed by some physicians to help patients rehabilitate or manage pain.
According to Deanna Broberg, RYT500 and yoga therapist for the TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion, “Yoga is such a great compliment to western medicine because so much of it is about being proactive and empowering the body and mind to heal by improving functionality.”
Yoga Therapy Is Designed Just for You
The sessions take place either one-on-one or in a small group setting so therapists can individualize and tailor moves to target certain ailments and conditions. Broberg explains, “Through developing a yoga practice of one's own, a deeper understanding and appreciation of the interconnectedness of body and mind usually develops.”
The Teachers Are Actually Therapists
Yoga therapists receive training through an accredited yoga program and are more knowledgeable about specific anatomy and health conditions than the average yoga instructor.
Yoga Therapy Helps the Mind and Body
Yoga therapy sessions incorporate a lot of breathing and relaxation, so moves are more effective and soothing to the nervous system. This calming of both the mind and body can help with certain mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. "The psychological benefits of yoga can be even more profound than yoga's physical effects, often encouraging a more positive outlook on life, as well as a better focused and calmer mind," Broberg says.
While yoga therapy is not a cure, it can improve the quality of life, and may augment the efficacy of certain clinical treatments.