Although all yoga is potentially therapeutic and healing, yoga therapy is the specific application of yogic tools-postures/exercises, breathwork, meditation techniques, and more-to address an individual’s physical, mental, and emotional needs. Many people first learn about yoga through its physical practices, but a common misconception is that the discipline is all about stretching or movement. In fact, yoga therapy can help people who can’t move at all, as well as active individuals!
The yogic model of health is unique because it addresses every aspect of life rather than considering each body part or system separately.
Yoga Therapy can address a wide range of concerns such as: chronic pain, neurological illness, mental health and healthy aging. In most cases, the instruction focuses on their condition and how the yoga techniques can help them
feel better or improve their function, rather than on the techniques or methods of yoga practice.
There are many ways in which yoga therapy can be an essential component of the multidisciplinary undertaking to improve patient outcomes and alter the trajectory of the global public health crisis of poorly understood and inadequately managed pain care.