Therapeutic yoga

What is Yoga

Yoga is a mind and body practice with a 5,000-year history in ancient Indian philosophy. Yoga therapy utilizes poses, breathing techniques, and meditation to benefit and improve overall health. Yoga therapy may be defined as the application of Yogic principles to a particular person with the objective of achieving  spiritual, psychological, or physiological goal. Although all yoga is potentially therapeutic and healing, yoga therapy is the specific application of yogic tools—postures or asanas, breathwork or pranayama, cleansing and meditation techniques.

What happens during Yoga

Modern-day science confirms that the practice also has tangible physical benefits to overall health benefits that can include improved brain function and denser bones. Several recent studies drive home yoga’s positive effects on the brain, central nervous system and immune system, said Dr. Loren Fishman, a New York City physician who is also a yoga instructor.

“It thickens the layers of the cerebral cortex, the part of the brain associated with higher learning, and increases neuroplasticity, which helps us learn new things and change the way we do things,” said Fishman. He has used yoga in his medical practice to treat myriad conditions, including multiple sclerosis , carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis and rotator cuff syndrome, he said.

Other research indicates long-term yoga participants significantly gain bone density over two years’ time, which Fishman attributes to the effects of muscles working against gravity.

“Yoga pits one group of muscles against another, exerting many times the force of gravity,” he said. “That increases the stress on the bones, and the bones react to that by thickening.

Benefits of Yoga

Therapeutic yoga is an inherently holistic approach, simultaneously working on the body, mind, and spirit. Various yoga practices systematically strengthen different systems in the body, including the heart and cardiovascular system, the lungs, muscles, and the nervous system. Yoga practices can improve function of the digestive system, foster psychological well-being, and improve oxygen delivery to tissues. Yoga also can help the body more efficiently remove waste products, carcinogens, and cellular toxins.

How safe is Yoga

While yoga by itself can alleviate a number of problems, it is particularly effective as a complement to other forms of health care, both alternative and conventional. Studies suggest, for example, that yoga therapy can lessen the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments for people with cancer and facilitate faster recovery after bypass surgery. In clinical trials, many patients with asthma, type II diabetes (formerly known as adult-onset diabetes), or high blood pressure who began a regular practice of yoga were able to either lower their drug dosage, or eliminate some pills entirely. Less medication means fewer side effects, and, sometimes, very substantial cost savings.


While yoga is a strong medicine, in general it is slow medicine. The key to successful yoga therapy is an incremental approach, which tends to be safer and more effective than more aggressive strategies. It is best to begin yoga therapy as medicine slowly and ramp up the intensity and duration of practice only as circumstances allow. For some patients , particularly those with serious medical problems, therapeutic yoga might begin with only a posture or two, or a single breathing exercise, until the patient is ready for more.

Length of the Treatment

The length and duration of your Yoga appointment will vary based on the needs of the client most are one hour appointments per session running into multiple sessions or as prescribed by your Yoga Therapist


Traditional Therapeutic Yoga offers a customized course of treatments and therapy plan to suit your physical condition and individual needs.

Customized Therapeutic Yoga Session (60 Min.)                                

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