Who Benefits from Yoga Therapy?
As part of a healing regimen, yoga therapy (or Anita's yoga therapy) has provided me tremendous benefit for a variety of concerns, from regaining strength and flexibility post mastectomy to addressing symptoms caused by stress. While there are many stand alone benefits, I am most struck by its usefulness as as a complementary therapy to allopathic medical interventions, especially when the medical issues are complex and impact on multiple aspects of one's life.
Michelle McDonald, MD
Each student, no matter the starting point, has the potential to benefit from a daily yoga practice that is specifically tailored to their individual needs and desired goals. Beginning practices may be done lying down, sitting in a chair, or standing. Exercises may range from simple breathing with no movement, to gentle movements, or to more vigorous standing, seated or lying exercises. All movements are coordinated with breathing techniques and ratios that are comfortable and address specific physical, mental or emotional challenges.
Students may want to focus on their overall health and well being, maintain and improve flexibility, strength and balance, and develop the resiliency to deal with life's daily challenges.
Students may also begin yoga therapy to help them manage and alleviate symtoms caused by their conditions, illnesses, or diseases. (This is not an exclusive list; it is indicative of my students)
- Auto Immune Diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Myasthenia Gravis
- Back and Neck Pain
- Bipolar 1 and 2
- Brain Diseases such as Parkinson’s
- Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
- Chronic Headaches/Migraines
- Chronic Pain
- Digestive: Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS)
- Heart Disease
- Life Stress
- Menstrual Syndromes
- Neuropathic Pain
- Orthopedic: Post-Injury/Post Surgery
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS)
- Spinal conditions such as degenerative disc disease, spondylosis, spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, spinal fusions
- Traumatic Brain Injury(TBI)
- Weight Loss