YOGA THERAPY Yoga is no longer just for healthy people. Over the last 40 years, it has been used for every disease from Aids and Cancer to Osteoarthritis. Below are links to articles, videos and Yoga Therapist.
When Did Yoga Therapy Become a “Field?” by Shanti Shanti K. Khalsa, Ph.D. "We were pioneers in the West for the therapeutic application of Yoga.
Larry and Richard got reflective, and one day in 1989, Larry called to tell me they were forming the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Would I like to be a charter member? Absolutely. Now our tribe had a name and a home. Were we a field yet? Probably, or at least getting close.
We started training other Yoga teachers to do whatever it is we did, and we began to expand what we offered. My work with the immune system and HIV disease led to courses on the practice of Yoga for people with cancer, for chronic pain, for grief recovery, for support during major life change. This led to work with people with depression, anxiety, heart disease, diabetes, and metabolic conditions. By 2004, we knew we had to offer training not in specialty conditions, but in —dare I say it—the field of Yoga therapy. We need to train Yoga therapists, not just Yoga teachers who can teach to specialty populations." MORE ON THE EVOLUTION OF YOGA THERAPY
YOGA FOR CANCER
While it's not a cure for cancer, yoga enhances physical and emotional wellness—and brings a peace many patients had thought they'd lost forever By Sandy Boucher for Yoga Journal MORE ON YOGA FOR CANCER
YOGA FOR HEART DISEASE
Yoga Improves Markers of Metabolic Syndrome and Heart Disease-According to a recent review of scientific studies published over three decades, yoga improves several markers of cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. MORE ON YOGA FOR HEART DISEASE
Super Brain Yoga
EEG shows Super Brain Yoga balances hemispheres.
Do you want Yoga Therapy or just exercise?
"Any reason for practicing yoga is a good reason. Enhancing flexibility and releasing stress are as noble a purpose for performing yoga as the awakening of spirituality. This is the great gift of yoga it serves and nourishes us at every level of our being and spontaneously contributes to greater well being in all domains of life. Yoga will help you discover gifts within yourself that have remained unopened since your childhood gifts of peace, harmony, laughter, and love."~Drs. Deepak Chopra & David Simon
Yoga as medicine
Over 100 scientific studies have found yoga to be an effective treatment for a broad range of medical problems.
From cardiovascular disease to carpal tunnel syndrome,yoga uses flexibility of the mind, body, spirit to awaken the inner healer.
Yoga began to address healing specific ailments nearly a century ago with the work of yoga pioneer T. Krishnamacharya.
He did this through two main avenues:1) the prescription of certain yoga asanas or poses, and 2) a close partnership with Ayurveda medicine, the traditional health care system of India.
Yoga as Alternative Therapy
According to an article in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, the system of hatha yoga believes that prana, or healing "life energy" is absorbed into the body through the breath, and can treat a wide variety of illnesses and complaints. A survey released in December 2008 by the US National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that yoga was the sixth most commonly used alternative therapy in the United States during 2007, with 6.1 percent of the population participating.MORE ON YOGA AS ALTERNATIVE THERAPY