YOGA THERAPY CONSULTATION
At the first meeting the starting point and needs of the care-seeker are determined. There is a conversation and pbseravtion. Therapy plan is created, personalised practice is thaught (practice, that needs to be followed at home) and the next meeting is agreed. The frequency of meetings depends on the care-seekers needs and possibilities.
Usually at least four meetings are necessary to manifest a stable change. Thats the minimal starting point.
Meetings are conducted via Skype or in person.
INTRODUCTION OF YOGA THERAPY
Yoga therapy is an ancient science. Nathamuni writes about it already in the 9th century.
Yoga therapy sees a human holistically and therapy is directed for the whole system of a person.
Yoga therapy helps to eliminate and pacify everything, that prevents a person to be healthy (whole). If something is missing from the whole we become broken.
In the science of yoga the human system is divided into the five levels that together form a whole. Obstacles can be found in any or in all of them. The information below is very simplified version of the diverse system that we are. The levels are all interconnected with each other and we are interconnected with the whole world.
Body level. Different ailments of the body, that people suffer from are experienced here.
Prana level. Energy, emotions, breathing, chacras, nadis.
Thinking level. Receiving, extracting and processing of information. Other mental processes and memory belong here as well.
Intellectual level. Distinctiveness, intuition, inspiration, intelligence, wit, insight.
Spiritual level. The main obstacle here is that a person has lost the connection to oneself and has forgotten who he/she is. And that is the cause for all illnesses, ailments and suffering according to T. Krishnamacharya.
One of the main goals of yoga therapy is to take into account all those levels and create a therapy plan accordingly. Every person is unique and that is the reason yoga therapy is always individual and personalized. Besides that we take into account the environment where a person lives, job, family, friends, income, hobbies and everything else that is relevant for the healing process.
Every persons staring point is different and it may happen, that for one person we start from the body level and for another person we start from the spiritual level or often it is combined. The task of the yoga therapist is to understand what the care- seeker in front of him/her needs most at that particular moment in life and give guidance accordingly. In yoga therapy the care-seeker is the one who makes the changes based on the guidance of the yoga therapist.
WHERE CAN YOGA THERAPY HELP?
Through appropriate utilisation of Yoga Therapy, a wide range of illnesses can be alliviated:
Blood pressure related illnesses
and other such illnesses
OUR SPECIAL EXPERIENCES
1. In our experience Yoga Therapy can also be a great help with children who have learning difficulties.
2. We have managed to alleviate and completely resolve some cases of violence at schools by inviting both sides to a "peace talks". Sometimes it only takes one meeting to stop bullying. Often children themselves offer solutions, they feel, they can follow.
3. Children with special needs. In the cases of special needs the therapy can be very varied and with an exception can be passive. It means, that the care-seeker may not have to do much. We have used Vedic mantras and sound with great success.
Yoga Therapy can also be used to maintain health and well-being and manage the challanges of daily life. Through personalised Yoga Therapy practices, you can
Increase self confidence and emotional stability
Promote attention, focus and memory
Maintain optimum weight
Reduce stress and anxiety
Increase your energy level
Expedite recovery from injuries
Strengthen muscle tone and improve flexibility
Improve quality of sleep
Manage Social disorders
Enhance Quality of Life
Promote healthier lifestyle
Edendada tervemat eluviisi
Nourish and promote spiritual transformation
When practiced long term with a competent Yoga Therapist, deeper emotional issues, inherited trauma, transgenerational diseases, energetic and spiritual illnesses can also be managed.
WHERE CAN YOGA THERAPY NOT HELP?
Yoga Therapy cannot cure many chronic illnesses such as Cancer, Mental Impairment, AIDS etc. However, when applied optimally and practiced diligently, it can help improve quality of life, and find emotional balance and inner strength to manage theses challenging illnesses.
It can also not help in cases where, despite the nature of illness, the care-seeker is unable to empower themselves in a conscious manner. Examples of these include severe depression, coma, neurosis or psychosis. However, even in these cases, if the care-seeker can self-empower and practice with diligence, it can be an important part of an integrative healing process.
CAN I PRACTICE YOGA THERAPY TOGETHER WITH OTHER HEALING PARADIGMS?
Since yoga therapy is non-invasive and only utilises the body's own internal resources, it can be an effective complimentary system of healing and can be practiced in conjunction with other healing modalities.
However, it is advisable to keep informed the different care providers.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE UNTIL I BECOME BETTER THROUGH YOGA THERAPY?
Depending on the nature of an illness, Yoga Therapy can start showing results as early as three to four weeks of regular practice. In certain cases more time will be required and therapy could extend to a few months, and in some cases even a few years.
WHO IS A YOGA THERAPIST?
Not all Yoga Teachers are Yoga Therapists. A Yoga Therapist is a Yoga Teacher who has undergone additional extensive training to develop and teach personalises Yoga Therapy practices.
International Yoga Therapy Association is an organisation that tries to create international standards for Yoga Therapy and Yoga Therapists.
Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation (KHYF) represents T. Krishnamacharya ja TKV Desikachari tradition, who both practiced and thought Yoga Therapy. KHYF Yoga Therapist has at least 7 years of Yoga teaching experience and a cumulative minimum of 2000 hours of training.
CYTAR Centre for Yoga Therapy and Research is also a recognised Yoga Therapy organisation. The organisation is lead by Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani.
*Used materials in italic: "Yoga in the authentic tradition of Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar."(KHYF)