7 Benefits of therapeutic yoga
Yoga is an ancient therapeutic form of exercise that comes with amazing benefits!
Yoga empowers us to address the physical, mental, and emotional problems our body is going through. Therapeutic Yoga, offers even more benefits.
What is Therapeutic Yoga?
Well, therapeutic yoga is one of the most discussed topics in fitness circles.
Therapeutic yoga is an adaptation of yoga that applies yogic principles and techniques to heal different human illnesses. It is a mix of gentle yoga, restorative yoga, breath work, chakra stimulation, and meditation. Therapeutic yoga is both restorative and preventive. It helps in increasing flexibility and strength. It is among the best complementary treatments for different diseases and illnesses according to many therapeutic investigations.
Therapeutic Yoga can be more beneficial than any regular fitness yoga style as it focuses on the specific problems you want to resolve. The Sequences are designed keeping your needs in mind using breath-work, meditation, and movement exercises.
The Benefits of therapeutic yoga:
- Relaxation/Stress Management and Rejuvenation
Therapeutic Yoga is a natural power tool to remove stress and calm your mind. Therapeutic Yoga includes asana, breathing techniques & meditation activates parasympathetic phase of your nervous system which helps you to relax, rejuvenate and counter stress. Thus, Therapeutic Yoga is great for stress relief and stress management. With yoga’s meditative nature, your yoga instructor can assist you in addressing your mental tension by helping you to clear your mind and figure out how to focus on the present.
- Minimize fatigue and improve sleep
We should never fear sleep time but often, when there is a case of insomnia, fear is a natural emotion. Therapeutic Yoga helps you to overcome insomnia. Insomnia mainly occurs due to tense muscles, joints, and stress which interrupts your sleep or make it difficult to fall asleep. Therapeutic Yoga promotes relaxation and removes tension from the joints and muscles, thus reduces stiffness and pain. All of these benefits lead to more restful sleep.
- Improves Blood circulation
Therapeutic Yoga helps to improve blood circulation and the flow of lymph throughout the body. Therapeutic Yoga supports the process of production of blood which takes place in the bone marrow of our thighs. It also helps to keep the blood vessels elastic when the muscles and blood vessels are stretched.
- Manage Chronic Pains
Chronic pains generally occur due to our unhealthy lifestyle, hectic schedule, fitness injuries, surgeries, multiple sclerosis, vehicle accidents, and age. Therapeutic Yoga increases mobility in the joints by stretching, releases tension from the muscles and lengthen the tight muscles. Thus, reduces chronic pain in the neck, back, shoulders, hips, and knees.
- Respiratory Strength
Therapeutic Yoga involves various breathing practices which are called Pranayama. Pranayama improves your respiratory strength as it has the ability to enhance the number of alveolar sacs which are present deep into your lungs. Oxygen intake in the lungs increases with the increase in the number of alveolar sacs thus strengthens the respiratory system.
- Digestive System
Therapeutic Yoga helps in stretching and relaxing the muscles surrounding the food pipe, stomach, and intestines. Digestion and Defecation occur when the muscles are tight around these regions which results in Indigestion and constipation. Therapeutic yoga helps to relax and stretch these muscles and improves Digestion and Defecation.
- Emotional and Mental Strength
Therapeutic Yoga controls anxiety, release tension and help them with depression. Uneasiness triggers pressure and stress, and it can leave us feeling exhausted physically but even emotionally and mentally because we can often find ourselves in fight mode or flight mode. With Therapeutic Yoga, you are instructed how to control your fear and how to release uneasiness in a natural way. In therapeutic Yoga, your yoga instructor address’s your mental tension, so you can discard the negativity and focus on being more present and insightful.
What to Expect from a Therapeutic Yoga Class
If you are looking to attend a therapeutic yoga class, then it could be a life-changing decision of your life, especially if you attend class on regular basis and find a yoga instructor who will help you to resolve your problems. It is about making an active decision to address certain problems in your physical, emotional and mental state.
Figuring out your problems early on is always a better approach. Learning to fight anxiety when you begin feeling its foundations assuming control over your mental state is ideal, instead of allowing the medication to do the battling for you. Same goes for chronic tension. It is perfect that you address the pain in your back or neck before you need to depend on medical procedure or prescription.
Therapeutic yoga isn’t simply one more passing prevailing fashion! It includes the wisdom that is hundreds of years old. So the next time, whenever you feel low, arrange a meeting with a yoga therapist for a holistic healing experience!
At Mahi Yoga School we teach Therapeutic Yoga in our Drop in centre as well as in our 200 & 300 hour yoga teacher training courses.