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The aim of Yoga Therapy is to promote good health for the person as a whole - the emphasis of this work may be towards the body, the mind, the emotions or a combination of these.
A health problem may be primarily in one of these aspects, for example, back pain caused by poor posture. Yoga Therapy would then focus on working with the body and Yoga postures. If the back pain is exacerbated by stress, then including Yoga to help calm the mind, for example breathing techniques, will be very useful too.
Our health is a dynamic combination of body and mind. Long term physical conditions are commonly associated with depression and a variety of feelings - sadness, loss, frustration, and anger. Our emotional health affects our physical health too, although this is difficult to quantify.
Yoga can bring us awareness of the body and mind; and more understanding of how to help the body, emotions or patterns of thinking and provides a practical approach to developing a positive state of health.
Yoga Therapy may be used in an individual, one-to-one session or in small therapy groups and will usually include practising a series of postures specifically designed around the health needs. It can include working with Yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation or meditative practice and supporting techniques such as relaxation, visualisation and using sound.