Yoga has been the subject of research in the past few decades for therapeutic purposes for modern epidemic diseases like mental stress, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Individual studies report the beneficial effect of yoga in these conditions, indicating that it can be used as a nonpharmaceutical measure or complement to drug therapy for the treatment of these conditions. (excerpt from Indian Journal of Community Medicine - Published in NCBI, US. Click to know more)
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Yoga Therapy utilizes the principles of Yoga for restoring health and vitality.
Yoga Therapy is not Yoga.
Just as one takes healing sessions for Reiki or Acupuncture. sessions are scheduled on a weekly basis. It takes around six weeks to develop and stabilize on a course plan that will suit.
There are two major differences as compared to other modalities like Reiki, Pranic Healing, etc.
1. The body is involved in the process. Hence the deeper unconscious healing happens naturally. It is also safe. There is no imagination.
2. There is self-empowerment because one learns to heal oneself as one works on his own body and mind in an integrated manner to achieve goals. After a certain period, one need not be dependent on an external source for healing.
Yoga Therapy is a personalized course plan that utilizes the principles of Yoga, with three major goals:
A.. Stop the progression of Conditions - both physiological and Psychological
B. Protect the health of vital organs
C. Enhance and Restore Vitality in the system
Since each individual has a unique psychological, physiological make-up; Yoga therapy accounts for this in addition to the overall life goals.
Yoga Therapy progressively helps the individual learn and apply conscious movement and postural changes, breathwork, energy management processes, and practices to still the mind to achieve the goals of disease management. The individual learns to enhance the innate life energy in the body
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Physical Exercises like walking, jogging, gymming, etc work primarily on the muscles, bones and ligaments
The focus of Yoga Therapy is to work with the energy centers of the body.
The heart with blood vessels ((circulatory system), Brain with nerves (Nervous System) are gross. The endocrine system with its hormones is subtler.
Similarly, the mind has its own system and network called nadis which in turn has energy centers in multiple locations of the body. Its after this layer of the body gets affected does the physiological body gets affected.
The primary focus of Yoga Therapy is to work with this layer using movements, somatic work, and breath.
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Benefits of Yoga Therapy - an example
COST SAVINGS WITH YOGA THERAPY IN DIABETES.
The average lifetime cost of diabetic treatment was estimated to be INR 6,50,000 in the year 2013. Considering 10 percent escalation the same would be more than 15 Lakhs today.(CLICK TO KNOW MORE)
Therapeutic yoga with emotional wellness programs can disease progress prevention and organ protection which avoids complications and disease progression.
Incorporation of yoga practice in daily life helps to attain glycaemic control and reduces the risk of complications in people with diabetes. (NCBI, US)