Yoga therapy is the professional application of the principles and practices of yoga to promote health and well-being within a therapeutic relationship that includes personalized assessment, goal setting, lifestyle management, and yoga practices for individuals or small groups.
- International Association of Yoga Therapists: 2020
When the ancient science of yoga and modern science meet. - L. Darlison, Yoga Therapist
Yoga therapy is the adaptation of yoga practices for people with health challenges. Yoga therapists prescribe specific regimens of postures, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques to suit individual needs. Medical research shows that Yoga therapy is among the most effective complementary therapies for several common aliments. The challenges may be an illness, a temporary condition like pregnancy or childbirth, or a chronic condition associated with old age or infirmity.
-Robin Monro, Ph.D Yoga Biomedical Trust (England)
Yoga Therapy can be used to treat physical conditions like: diabetes, high blood pressure, back pain, COPD, cancer, Alzheimer's, various autoimmune diseases, IBS etc., and mental health conditions such as: stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction etc.