What is therapeutic yoga?
Yoga in general is therapeutic in that it is both physical exercise, as well as meditative which has benefits for your state of mind. Therapeutic yoga takes a gentler approach that focuses on supportive postures, breathing exercises and guided meditation that can be helpful for patients dealing with a certain illness or injury. Therapeutic yoga classes can be personalised and given in small groups to enhance the relaxing a healing nature of the sessions.
Why is therapeutic yoga done?
There are many benefits from practising yoga which can help patients who are dealing with other illnesses or recoveries from injury. There is a lot to be said for having a positive mind-set when dealing with such circumstances, and therefore yoga can help some people with this.
The benefits include:
- Improved lung capacity from breathing exercises
- Strengthened muscles and joints
- Improved flexibility and posture
- Improved balance
- Better nasal breathing
- Relaxation, which can reduce feelings of stress or anxiety
- Improved cardiovascular health