One of yoga's recent trends is new to us but has long been practiced in India: yoga therapy. In the simplest terms, yoga therapy is the application of yoga methodology to the healing of physical and mental ailments. Now that research science is beginning to take a closer look at yoga's positive effects, yoga therapy's profile is on the rise. Read more to find out what kind of conditions can benefit from yoga therapy and how to find a qualified yoga therapist.
Yoga therapy takes a whole-body approach to health. A therapist will generally meet one-on-one with a client for an assessment of their conditions and goals before devising a closely monitored individualized yoga regiment.
Yesterday, I took a yoga class with one of my favorite teachers. I don't register doing anything outlandish, but today I woke up with sore hips. Thinking back, I remembered that we did do something a little different: a long hold of pigeon pose. The Yin Yoga version of pigeon is called sleeping swan. Spending three to five minutes folded over the front leg allows the hips to release more deeply than usual. In order to make this longer hold comfortable, you may want to use a prop such as a folded blanket under your butt on the side with the leg forward. This pose is great to do after you've been sitting upright at a desk or in a car all day. Try it if you are going to be traveling this week.