Therapeutic Yoga

To attend to clients who have special medical conditions which render general yoga postures difficult to perform; we have designed sessions on Therapeutic yoga. Sessions of therapeutic yoga typically include deep stretching, guided meditation, and breath work. This style of yoga can be integrated into physical therapy regimens, the practice of nursing, and other aspects of health care. Yoga helps patients to relax while strengthening their bodies and spirits, whether they are in recovery from an illness or injury or preparing for major surgery.

Several things set therapeutic yoga aside from other yoga disciplines. The first is that it is highly flexible, as it must be, to accommodate the needs of patients with different conditions and physical abilities. Therapeutic yoga can be used to treat someone in a wheelchair with specially adapted poses or someone with arthritic pains or back pain. Therapeutic yoga is also very gentle, acknowledging that participants are not experienced in the practice of yoga and they may not be prepared for the physical strain of intense yoga practice.  It may also include the use of acupressure and opening marma points of the body so that blockages can be healed and the condition improved. We offer therapeutic yog in the following common medical conditions to name a few.

Yoga for Back pain

Backache is one of the most common physical complaints among adults these says with longer hours of commute and working long hours with computers at work.Estimates say that over 60% of adults have some chronic back pain. It is the chief cause of misery for many. At some point in their lives, most people experience some sort of back discomfort. It is pain or discomfort felt in the upper, middle, or lower back and may extend to the hips and legs. Regular daily activities may prove difficult or impossible for the chronic back pain patient.

Many people believe that rest is best for a painful back, but actually, what your back really needs when it’s hurt is exercise. Regular exercise relieves back pain by strengthening and stretching the muscles that support the spine and helps to prevent future injury. This is a use it or lose it situation: the more you rest, the weaker your back gets, even if it is hurt. Studies have actually shown that you can heal your back pain faster and get back to your regular activities with just two days of rest.

In such situations, gentle yoga exercises designed especially for strengthening a weak back makes for an important part of therapeutic yoga sessions. If the client has suffered an injury to his back or neck, our instructor facilitates extremely gentle movements that do not hyperextend the neck or back in either direction. The instructor will modify the Yoga exercises for such clients to be sure that they don’t strain. Even if one had a back surgery, there will always be some movements one can do. Many people with back problems have found yoga to provide several benefits, including: relieving pain, increasing strength and flexibility relaxation and acceptance.

Yoga for Knee pain

Joint pain affects many of us. Our joints ache excruciatingly either due to inflammation or as a result of constant wear and tear. A sedentary lifestyle (which makes the supporting muscles flaccid and thus overburdens the joints), wrong exercise, obesity (which places uneven and undue burden on our joints), bad posture and repetitive action are some of the common causes of knee pain. Knee pain can also be due to medical conditions of Osteoarthritis (wear and tear of the cartilage and reduced synovial fluid in the joint) and Rheumatism (inflammations of the muscles, tendons, ligaments). Therapeutic yoga for such patients in tandem with their doctors’ prescriptions gives great relief to them. People have less pain in their joints when they exercise regularly at low to moderate intensity. Practicing therapeutic yoga is best thing to do as it is gentle on the body and gives the knee the necessary workout.

Joint pains are symptomatic of an uneven or poor flow of energy throughout the body. Yoga opens up the blocked parts of the body, which are usually at our joints. The basic poses are modified and facilitated with the use of acupressure and gentle massages to help tackle this painful condition. The advantage of these poses is that they provide a full body workout by undoing the knots that block the transport of blood, nutrients and energy throughout the body. These poses strengthen the support systems around a joint, like the muscles, tendons and improve bone density.

Yoga for Cervical pain/Neck pain

The cervical spine is a marvellous and complex structure. It is capable of supporting a head weighing 15 or more pounds while moving in several directions. No other region of the spine has such freedom of movement. This combination however, complexity and mobility, make the neck susceptible to pain and injury. Poor posture, obesity, and weak abdominal muscles disrupt the spine’s balance often causing the neck to bend forward to compensate. Stress and emotional tension can cause muscles to tighten and contract resulting in pain and stiffness. Although neck pain is commonly caused by strain, prolonged pain and/or neurologic deficit may be an indication of something more serious.

Most cases of neck pain originate from strain and can be treated non-surgically. Practicing yoga for cervical pain will help relax the muscles and release stress from these areas. Some of the effective yoga postures for cervical pain are Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose), Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand), and Shalabhasana (Locust Pose).Therapeutic Yoga helps in the reduction of the pain in the back region and the neck movement exercises helps to restore the normal condition of the body.

The pain in the cervical spine can spread to the shoulders and hence all the breathing exercises of the yoga can help to restore the balance of the body and helps to relieve the body from the pain in the cervical spine and neck.