Yoga has become extremely popular and trendy in North America. More and more people are using yoga as a means to improve their health physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Yoga therapy is even being integrated into our modern healthcare system. So what is yoga and is it safe to use as a therapy?
Yoga is a system of health that was developed thousands of years ago that promotes using your body, mind, breath, and spirit as one unit, therefore enhancing and promoting an overall balanced lifestyle of health and wellness. There are a wide variety of yoga styles, approaches, and teachings. The most common yoga practices in our modern world involve yoga postures, breathing methods, meditation, philosophy and principles.
Yoga therapy applies yoga principles and techniques to help people enhance health in a more individual way, taking into consideration the person’s unique imbalances and concerns. It is an emerging profession that is growing likely because of its effectiveness in delivering a holistic approach to healing with a focus on self-empowerment. Research shows that yoga is among the most effective complementary health practices and even people suffering with chronic low back pain are seeking out yoga to help (American College of Physicians/American Pain Society, 2007).
PhysioYoga is a type of rehabilitation therapy that combines both evidence-based Physiotherapy and Yoga. Physiotherapists use evidence-based treatment methods to help you restore and maintain optimal movement and function as well as provide education on health maintenance and injury prevention. As licensed health care professionals, physiotherapists have extensive training and knowledge about how the body functions and moves, and use specialized manual skills to assess, diagnose, and treat a variety of injuries, disease symptoms, and disabilities. Read more