What is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga Therapy can be defined as the systematic application of yogic principles and practice to a particular person with the objective of achieving a specific physiological, spiritual or psychological goal. Unlike a regular yoga instructor, a yoga therapist works with individuals on specific goals. These goals can be to normalize a body system or alleviate a particular ailment.

There is a lot of modern research supporting the clinical benefits of yoga therapy. While yoga by itself can alleviate a number of problems, it is particularly effective as a compliment to other forms of health care, both alternative and conventional. Studies suggest for example, that yoga therapy can lessen the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments for people with cancer and can facilitate faster recovery after bypass surgery.

In clinical trials, many patients with asthma, type II diabetes (formerly known as adult-onset diabetes), or high blood pressure who began a regular practice of yoga were able to either lower their drug dosage or eliminate some pills entirely. Less medication means fewer side effects, and, sometimes, very substantial cost savings. Yoga therapy respects individual differences in age, culture, religion, philosophy, occupation, and mental and physical health.

Various yoga practices systematically strengthen different systems in the body, including the heart and cardiovascular system, the lungs, muscles, and the nervous system. Yoga practices can improve the function of the digestive system, foster psychological well-being, and improve oxygen delivery to tissues. Yoga also can help the body more efficiently remove waste products, carcinogens, and cellular toxins.

Most people in the West live stressful lives, and yoga-and by extension yoga therapy-is perhaps the best overall stress reduction system ever invented. Stress has been linked to a wide variety of medical problems, from migraine headaches and irritable bowel syndrome to potentially life-threatening conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, and heart disease.

At Fitness Canada Physio and Massage Centre, we offer both individual and group Yoga therapy sessions. The yoga therapist makes a complete assessment based on Indian Ayurveda principles and designs a structured yoga therapy course. Based on the individual’s condition and goals, the therapist will recommend either one-on-one (individual) or group sessions.

Call 587 917 5566 and book your assessment.