Yoga Therapy and the Therapeutic Effects of Yoga

“Yoga has been shown by several studies to positively impact the body and mind in many ways such as helping to regulate blood glucose levels, improve musculoskeletal ailments, and keeping the cardiovascular system in tune. Psychological benefits can help to increase mental energy and positive feeling, while decreasing negative feeling of aggressiveness, anxiety, and depression. It may be beneficial for neurotransmitters, telomeres, inflammation, arthritis, back pain, stress, cardiac disease, posture, breathing, mental health and a wide range of many more things.”

“The discipline of yoga offers individuals a timeless and holistic model of health and healing and although it may not result in the complete elimination of physical diseases and/ or adverse conditions from the body it offers a holistic path of healing. There exists an indisputable connection between a person’s overall physical and mental health and the inner peace and well-being yoga is designed to achieve. Yoga suspends the fluctuations of the mind and by acting consciously, we live better and suffer less.”

“Although yoga as a practice is therapeutic, there are significant differences between a yoga teacher and a yoga therapist and between a yoga class and a yoga therapy session. Clarity about these differences is helpful for the teacher/therapist, as well as for the student/client. We will look at this distinction from the perspectives of the yoga student, the yoga therapy client, the yoga teacher, the yoga therapist, the yoga class, and the yoga therapy session.”