Yoga Therapy is not new. Prevention and healing have been always the main purpose of yoga philosophy. Therefore, it can be difficult to define it, especially because we can approach the concept from different perspectives. Nevertheless, we offer a few definitions to make the term understandable and accepted by all people -whether yoga practitioners or not.
“Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga.” (International Association of Yoga Therapists’ definition)
“Yoga therapy is a self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of the Yoga therapist, implements a personalized and evolving Yoga practice, that not only addresses the illness in a multi-dimensional manner, but also aims to alleviate his/her suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary manner. Depending upon the nature of the illness, Yoga therapy can not only be preventative or curative, but also serve a means to manage the illness, or facilitate healing in the person at all levels.” (TKV Desikachar & Kausthub Desikachar)
SAMPOORNA YOGA’S DEFINITION
“Yoga Therapy is the process of using the benefits of Yoga techniques as a method to prevent illnesses, ease symptoms, facilitate healing and achieve an overall state of wellbeing.”
YOGA AND YOGA THERAPY
Although yoga is a therapeutic practice, there are significant differences when it comes to yoga classes and yoga therapy sessions, yoga students and yoga therapy clients, yoga teachers and yoga therapists. Let’s take a look at the core of these concepts:
YOGA TRAINING AND YOGA THERAPEUTICS TRAINING
Syllabus of both trainings may seem similar in the core; however, in order to practice yoga therapy, yoga teachers need to acquire a different set of tools, knowledge and skills:
WHY TO STUDY THE THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS OF YOGA?
Studying yoga as a tool to overcome and ease the symptoms of common illnesses has become extremely popular recently, due to the great therapeutic effects yoga practitioners experience in their body and mind.
Consequently, the demand for yoga teachers with specialized knowledge in yoga as a therapeutic tool, in different fields such as: health management organizations, corporations, hospitals, retreat centers, schools, colleges, universities, sports centers, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, and many more, has grown exponentially. With our Arogya Yoga Teacher Training you acquire a specialization that allows you to help clients who suffer from a specific problem (diabetes, obesity, hypertension, cancer, among many others).
THIS COURSE WILL HELP YOU TO GROW IN YOUR CAREER AS A YOGA TEACHER
- In group classes, you can teach your clients how to become -and stay- healthier
- You will feel more confident when approached by students that come to yoga seeking for support in their healing process
- In one-on-one sessions, you will be able to analyse your clients’ condition, in order to tailor a yoga-based program for them
- You can partner with yoga studios to offer Yoga Therapy classes in addition to their general yoga classes
- You may offer specialized workshops for groups of people that are struggling with similar illnesses/conditions
- You can become part of different health support groups
- You can offer your specialized services to organizations such as hospitals, retreat centers, Naturopathy and Ayurveda centers, rehabilitation centers, among others