Updated: Sep 15, 2020
If you are suffering physically (and also mentally) during lockdown and beyond you could be very interested in Yoga Therapy. I carried out a Yoga Alliance Yoga Therapeutics Teacher Training course at TriYoga in London this year and would like to inform you about how a Yoga Therapy session can help you.
Yoga therapy can be used when one has injuries, pain or physical limitations and/or using the Yoga practice to prepare for or rehabilitate from surgery. We can be misaligned all over the body, for example, the shoulders can lie unevenly, which could knock the hips out of alignment; the pelvis could be tilted out of balance and the curve in the spine could be too flat. Most of us have learnt to be, or developed misalignment early on.
Body misalignment in one area can have a domino effect on many other areas in the body. The body is so intricately connected (as you may know from having Massage treatments!). The good news is body misalignment can be fixed, relieving you of your pain, injury, discomfort, illness, and even disease, with bio-mechanic alignment principles found in Yoga Therapeutics.
There is an introduction session (for 1.5 hours), which always includes a thorough consultation and body assessment, focusing on the specific area(s) of the body where you are feeling the discomfort or pain, followed by the teaching and performance of specific Yoga postures for the problem. From the viewpoint of the bio-mechanic condition and body alignment, the body assessment finds any body misalignments with the intention of providing therapeutic Yoga postures to realign these specific areas, in modified and intelligent ways, to heal it from pain. Posture is more important than most people realise; if the body isn't aligned, then injury can be caused across the physical body; additionally energy channels will get "clogged" and out of balance, which leads to stress, depression and disease.
Each sequence of Yoga postures given to the practitioner is tailored to them. Sequences change over time depending on the clients' specific needs. During the introduction session I gather all the information about the client in a detailed consultation; carry out a detailed body assessment; and provide and teach specific and therapeutic Yoga postures. Following sessions generally take less time from 30 minutes upwards, depending on the client's condition, and can run alongside Massage treatments if the client would like. These sessions will look at any changes in alignment and progression and introduce new Yoga postures for the client's condition.