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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Integrative Yoga Therapy

Integrative Yoga Therapy is a holistic, mind-body approach to health and healing which combines the ancient wisdom of yoga with the latest advances in body/mind medicine.

Popularly known as a combination of speech-language pathology, behavioral and mental health counseling, and Yoga, Integrative Yoga Therapy has emerged as a boon to help children with a number of disabilities like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disabilities, Pervasive Developmental Delay, Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Dyspraxia.

Qualified therapists, who also happen to be certified Yoga instructors, are available world wide to teach and practice Integrative Yoga Therapy. In addition Integrative Yoga therapy helps treat other specific motor-based disorders. Further, it has had especially consistent and remarkable results with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Principles of Integrative Yoga Therapy
  1. Integrative Yoga therapy should provide an integrated program of yoga practice based on an in-depth understanding of a particular health condition and the specific needs of the individual.
  2. Integrative Yoga therapy is based firmly in the psychology and philosophy of Yoga as it pertains to health, based on an in-depth understanding of traditional Yoga texts, including the Yoga Sutras.
  3. Integrative Yoga therapy should embrace all aspects of Yoga, including breathing (pranayama), mudra, guided imagery and meditation. Poses (asana) is an important aspect within the context of an integrated practice.
  4. Integrative Yoga therapy is based in creative, student-centered education where teachers are facilitators, not gurus; facilitating the awakening of the student’s connection to his or her own true source of wellness where healing can occur.
But before we look at Integrative Yoga therapy, let’s again reread at the definition of Yoga. Yoga is an age-old science of self-knowledge. It was developed in India over 5000 years ago.

Contrary to the popular myth that Yoga is a religion or a set of exercises to be mastered, it is a many faceted gem with many different practices. Though importance of yoga has always been understood by people of all generation but for today’s generation yoga is specially more important thousand times.

Yoga therapy has been developed not only to benefit the physical body but also to sooth the psychological and spiritual part of body. It focuses on health and wellness at all levels of the individual. Yoga therapy does not give time bound benefits but it works as a healing journey, exclusively and exceptionally for each and everyone to establish a balance between practitioner’s body and mind.

Mind-body medicinal research has also shown a collection of immune power traits. These health habits have lived up to the examination and analysis of researchers. In fact, we can develop them to serve as shock absorbers against immune system breakdown and progress of disease. Coming back to Integrative Yoga therapy, these include being aware of the mind body feedback, learning how to view life with a sense of commitment. It also includes being able to control and challenge yourself. Further it is a tool in developing strengths to fall back on in the wake of loss, and a capacity to confide traumas and feelings to ourselves and others. Immune power is proven in people who can discover true bliss and meaning, including good health, when life offers up its most difficult challenges. Integrative Yoga therapy, in short, can help deal with and heal any condition in totality.

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