Featured article of the month, February 2017
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
As yoga has gained in popularity it is too often given as a generalized prescription, such as, “Yoga is good for back pain.” Yoga could also be very bad for back pain. Yoga could even cause back pain where there was none before. One of the hardest things for long time yogis to discover is that the way they’re practicing yoga is causing their pain. While yoga can have many benefits it is not a panacea.
How do yoga and yoga therapy differ? While it’s possible to provide modifications to allow students of all abilities to participate in a group class, it’s nearly impossible to provide the type of personalized instruction that can help each student truly progress while in a yoga class . . .