Yoga is a mind and body practice with historical origins in ancient Indian philosophy. Like other meditative movement practices used for health purposes, various styles of yoga typically combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation. This fact sheet provides basic information about yoga, summarizes scientific research on effectiveness and safety, and suggests sources for additional information.
Why Participate in Our Therapeutic Yoga Program
Many people who participate in our yoga program do so for the following reasons:
- To maintain their health and well-being,
- To improve physical fitness,
- To relieve stress,
- To enhance quality of life.
In addition, they may be addressing specific health conditions, such as back pain, neck pain, arthritis, and anxiety.
Things to Consider with Our Yoga Program
- Do not use yoga to replace conventional medical care or to postpone seeing a healthcare provider about pain or any other medical condition.
- If you have a medical condition, please communicate this to us before starting our therapeutic yoga program.
- Everyone’s body is different, and we will help modify yoga postures based on your individual abilities. Make sure you share any physical limitations and inform us about any medical issues you have.
- Please communicate to us about any other complementary health approaches you use. This will help ensure you will have a well coordinated and safe experience.
Following styles of Yoga are included in the therapeutic Yoga:
Ashtanga - To improve strength, flexibility and to burn body fat.
Vinyasa - To Help with Focus, bringing balance to mind and body, Improve Breathing, remove toxins from body, improve cardio without tiring.
Slow flow - Ideal for Beginners. Similar to Vinyasa but at a slower speed. This helps to focus on slow breathing and improve alignment during postures. Many benefits include building stability, strength and improving postural alignment.The slow speed also highlights the meditative aspect of the practice creating increased awareness of breathing and mindfulness of action.
Yin - Passive Stretch, most asanas are done while sitting or laying down. Is done in poses from 3 to 5 minutes to deep stretch. Benefits of Yin yoga include, increase flexibility in joints, decrease stress, reduce anxiety, increased stamina and increase energy in the body.