What can I expect a Yoga Therapy Practice to Look Like?
Namaste my dear friends!
Yoga Therapy is becoming very popular nowadays and many people are jumping into the band wagon on yoga therapy classes. Many public people are asking what is it containing the yoga practice. What can we expect from the Yoga Therapy practice.
Yoga Therapy is quite different from the regular yoga classes. While the regular yoga therapy class can be therapeutic it doesn’t mean that it is yoga therapy. I always give his example. When people who have never been walking, stuck to walk and therapeutic benefits from walking where your back posture improves, breathing capacity will improve, blood circulation will improve and people will have some kind of health benefits. It doesn’t mean that walking is the therapy. In the same way, when people go to a yoga class when they are practicing general yoga there may be some benefits but it does not make it a yoga therapy.
A yoga therapy session is administered by a qualified yoga therapist. When we say qualified it does not necessarily mean they have a piece of certificate because in today’s time the organisations are collecting money to issue certificates but they really guarantee the quality of the service. We need to go to a good yoga therapist who has gone through the educational system to qualify him or her to be a very good and disciplined yoga therapist.
In the yoga therapy sessions, in the first part of the session you may have to disclose certain information about your illnesses, your family situation, your professional situation because yoga therapy looks at illness in a holistic sense. It should not be surprising that your yoga therapist is asking you questions not only about your illness, but also about your job circumstance, whether you are stressed in job, whether you are relaxing in the job, whether there is any repetitive stress in your job, whether there is a conflict with your boss etc because stress related illnesses could come from that.
He or she may also ask you questions about your family circumstance, your family agonies because your emotional state also contributes to the illnesses because the yoga therapist may observe you in different positions, may take your pulse to see whether the pulse is indicating of certain kind of illnesses or certain kind of state in your body. So through a very comprehensive consultation session of not only observation, diagnostic like pulse and but also asking you different kind of questions and yoga therapist will come to a conclusion of an overall health scenario of your situation. The yoga therapist does not offer a diagnosis for an illness. That is the job of a doctor, it is not the job of the yoga therapist. Don’t go expecting a yoga therapist to give you a diagnosis.
In fact you can go with your diagnosis report from your doctor to the yoga therapist and disclose this information as well. Then the yoga therapist will design a practice that is suitable for your illnesses i.e. respecting your capabilities at the current moment. The yoga practice may just include not just asanas but he can also include pranayama which is breathing exercises, he can also include certain mantras because mantras are a certain form of affirmation and they have deep impact on our psychological states, it could include meditative components, it could include visualization components, etc. So, the yoga therapy components could include all of these aspects.
It is also possible that the yoga therapist may suggest you to have some reflection about the kind of diet you are consuming, the kind of life style you are living and ask you to reflect on what choices may be the more suitable for your health condition. These are the things that you can expect from a yoga therapy session and the yoga therapist will teach you this practice. You will have to practice this at home and return after few days or few weeks depending on the frequency set by the yoga therapist to review the yoga practice and take it further. Yoga therapist is not going to offer a solution in one day or two days; it is a long term classes. You need to return to your yoga therapist at a regular interval so that this practice can be more appropriate to address for your illnesses at a deep and profound level. So be regular in your practice my friends and be in contact with your yoga therapist and stuck the process of self empowerment in this journey. Be open to embrace a wide range of tools in yoga therapy because that is what is yoga therapy. It is a multi-dimensional holistic approach that can very beautifully compliment your already existing lines of treatment.
Namaste my friends!
Viniyoga Teacher @ Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation