Yoga or Yog in sanskrit is associated with meditative practices in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. It is a physical, mental, and spiritual discipline, which originated in ancient India. The goal of yoga, or of the person practicing yoga, is the attainment of a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility. Yoga is beneficial for the health in all ways that modern science is just beginning to understand. As science begins to document the importance of understanding the interrelation of all existing things, it looks to Yoga with an intrigued eye, for Yoga speaks Unity in every word. According to classical texts, most of the problems in our health come from a state of ignorance of whom and what we are. By offering a vehicle for self-knowledge, yoga provides an opportunity to become acquainted with our essence.
Power yoga is a system of health care that helps treat human indispositions and ailments as naturally as possible, through physical and mental exercise. YOGA THERAPY is the science of applying the various techniques of yoga in a variety of illnesses and conditions, to facilitate optimal health, healing and awakening. Therapeutic focus for a specific health condition e.g. cancer, heart, prenatal yoga, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis are taken care when the program is designed as Yoga therapy is the adaptation of yoga practices for people with health considerations. Research provides evidence that it can aid also the alleviation of many different ailments, including back pain, hypertension, heart conditions, asthma, diabetes and stress also a temporary condition like pregnancy or childbirth, or a chronic condition associated with old age or infirmity.
Yoga asanas uses a wide range of mind/body practices, gentle postures, breathing practices, relaxation techniques and meditation to help restore body/mind balance and promote natural healing. Yoga therapy tailors these to the health needs of individuals and makes it suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness and flexibility. It promotes all round total health, as well as helping particular medical conditions and offers an excellent training program for the purpose of maintaining one’s health.
Yoga therapy empowers you to look after your own health further in life and empowering physical fitness, also in preventing the occurrence of many such ailments which invariably result from hectic pace of modern life style.
More health care practitioners are starting to include yogic techniques in their approach to healing and more yoga teachers give a therapeutic intention to their teaching. People who have never tried yoga before are starting to consider including Yoga in their treatment plan. Yoga techniques are researched and new data is gathered, making it easier for science and the medical establishment to understand and accept the benefits of Yoga therapy, by combining different techniques such as massage, stretching or alterations of the circulatory patterns. Yoga promotes specific changes in muscles, joints and organs altering the vital functions of the body. By practicing a balanced breathing technique, a sense of control is gained. This combats the fear and anxiety produced by its loss during illness. Additionally, by practicing “Tratak”, a specific technique that involves eye movement, the pituitary gland is reset via the optic nerve, influencing the ‘fight’ reaction so intimately.
Therapy considers the psyche to be spread in different centers along the body called “chakras” each related to a nervous plexus. The Chakras are the seven main energy centers in the body. They are described as “whirling disks of light”, and each Chakra radiates a specific color and energy. An endocrine gland, an organ or group of organs and specific psychic qualities, acting upon the chakras, yoga therapy brings light to any psychic blockages, making them available to the conscious mind. The modern western correlate of this scheme is in the core of psycho-neuroimmunology, a branch of psychology that studies the interaction between the nervous, endocrine and immune systems, explaining some of the subtle mechanisms of psychosomatic medicine.
More than following just one style or one branch of yoga, Yoga Therapy feeds from virtually all styles and branches, combining the tools that each one of them bring in the design of a “yoga sadhana Capsule” that can be used to cure the individual ailment The fact that the different branches of science are now acknowledging that everything in the universe works together with absolute, intimate and exquisite interrelationship is part of the basis of the increasing success and respect that Yoga Therapy is gaining among main stream medical practitioners.