Yoga Therapy: An Introduction

The support and camaraderie of a yoga class can help you persevere and achieve things you never thought possible. Besides, who said that feeling better shouldn’t be fun

 

Many of our patients have derived great benefits from the practice of yoga and we currently sponsor classes through the office. Our instructor teaches a mild form of Hatha Yoga, which combines stretching and toning exercises with controlled breathing and relaxation techniques. In addition our classes are supervised both for safety and to provide feedback for other forms of pain therapy.

 

Over the years we have found that in addition to or perhaps more important than the pain, which initially brings the patients into the office, they all suffer from a lack of flexibility and an imbalance of muscle tone, which makes repeated injury more common. Many also have severe balance problems, which put them at risk for falls and fractures.

 

Students usually begin in chairs, rather than on the floor, doing simple stretches and toning exercises. As flexibility, strength and endurance improve a greater variety of positions are taught. At no point is a student allowed to assume positions or engage in activities that are likely to aggravate their underlying condition.

 

Another benefit of yoga therapy is its emphasis on relaxation, self-control and serenity. These aspects of yoga are particularly helpful in dealing with the stresses of chronic pain and illness. The support of the teacher and the other students can be very helpful in aiding the patient get past the slow and difficult early phases of their rehabilitation.

 

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