Yoga therapy is the use of yoga postures, breathing exercises, and meditation to help individuals with specific health conditions. It can be used to improve physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Benefits of yoga therapy include improved mobility, flexibility, posture, and strength. It can also reduce stress, anxiety, and depression while increasing energy levels. Yoga therapy is suitable for people of all ages and abilities and can help with chronic conditions such as arthritis, spinal stenosis, fibromyalgia, lower back pain, sciatica, neck pain, and asthma. Yoga therapy can also be used as a form of prenatal yoga, especially when the expecting mother is suffering from complications.
Yoga is a comprehensive approach that aims to harmonize and unify the body, mind, and spirit, rather than merely addressing symptoms. As a result, it can be an effective tool for improving both mental and physical health concerns, as well as developing a personalized practice for inner transformation or sustaining general wellbeing. Through research, yoga therapy has demonstrated its efficacy in treating various health issues including, chronic pain conditions related to lower back pain, pelvic pain, menstrual cramps, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and others. It has also been proven effective with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder [PTSD], insomnia, and trauma), neurological disorders (which can result from a stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, or traumatic brain injury. Finally, yoga therapy helps to support those with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD]), women’s health concerns (such as pregnancy, postpartum healing, incontinence, prolapse, and general pelvic health.