YOGA THERAPY is now an accepted health modality in Australia, offering people experiencing a wide range of ailments or disabilities guidance and personal tools that they can use to enhance their life.
YOGA THERAPY is suitable for everybody regardless of age, fitness, state of health or belief system. In yoga therapy a personal practice is prescribed according to the physical, emotional and physiological needs as well as the circumstances of the individual. For example, a practice may be designed simply to maintain health and fitness, or to help remedy asthma, a back or knee problem, an hormonal issue, an emotional disorder, a chronic physical or psychological condition or disability, or to facilitate meditative practices.
The tradition of yoga encompasses a lot more than postures with physical health benefits. It offers a number of tools that can be employed towards the objective of total health and wellbeing, physical and mental. These include asana, postures for the body; pranayama, regulation of the breath to balance the physiology; dharana and dhyanam, meditative practices for psychological and emotional wellbeing; yama and niyama, guidance for a healthy and harmonious life; and many other subtle concepts to reflect the inner self.
The art of Yoga therapy is to combine a selection of the available tools in accordance with the needs of the individual. Each personal practice must be logically planned and prescribed in accordance with the needs of the individual, their attributes and where they are at the time they commence. Yoga Therapy is about removing obstacles.
What sets yoga therapy apart from almost all other health modalities
is that it operates on all levels, influencing all aspects of the individual,
and enhancing the ability to cope with the stresses of life. Further,
yoga therapy recognises that everyone is different and that no single
approach or practice will be appropriate for all.
It is a common misconception that yoga is only for the fit and able. The reality is that almost the whole spectrum of human conditions are able to be accommodated by an appropriate and intelligent practice. Even a person with severe physical restrictions can do, and will benefit from yoga, physically, physiologically, and emotionally.
The revelation of the ancient tradition of yoga is that over the millennia the inner condition of man has not changed. One of the most challenging aspects of human existence remains to quell the conditioned reactions of the mind in order to live harmoniously. Perhaps contrary to modern understanding, yoga is, traditionally, all about the mind. How to still the mind. How to change the patterns of a lifetime. How to be grounded and live with a sense of calm that may otherwise be unattainable.
During a private consultation the therapist will observe and assess the individual in order to design an appropriate practice for that person. A practice might include some or all of the tools of yoga including movement, breath, chanting, visualization and meditation. In time, that practice will change with the circumstances and progress of the individual.
To be assured of gaining the benefits of yoga a commitment to daily practice needs to be made. One of the beauties of having a personal practice is that it enables a person to choose to take responsibility for his or her own health.
phone Madeleine Marty 0416 172 717
Yoga Therapy Australia
Yoga Therapy Australia
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