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Although yoga has been practiced for millennia, we are just beginning to understand these mechanisms from a Western scientific perspective.

A tool applied in one area - say, a breathing practice - can profoundly affect a completely different area of the body or the mind.  Researchers think this works partly because of yoga's ability to regulate the nervous system and possibly to affect the way the brain processes information.  Another reason yoga therapy works so well is that it's not a treatment done to a patient - yoga therapists instead empower clients to tap into their own innate healing capabilities.

The yogic model of health is unique because it addresses every aspect of life rather than considering each body part or system separately.

A general public yoga class can certainly ease everyday aches, pains, and mood complaints.  But a yoga therapy session goes much further because it is completely tailored to the individual.  It is not meant to replace traditional healthcare but rather complement it.

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Although all yoga is potentially therapeutic and healing, yoga therapy is the specific application of yogic tools - postures/exercises, breath work, meditation techniques, and more to address an individual's physical, mental, and emotional needs.  Many people first learn about yoga through its physical practices, but a common misconception is that the discipline is all about stretching or movement.  In fact, yoga therapy can help people who can't move at all, as well as active individuals!

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What is Yoga Therapy?

Information above was directly copied from the International Yoga Therapist Association flyer for healthcare providers.  Information to reprint was given.

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What is the difference between yoga and yoga therapy?

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How does yoga therapy work?

More than a yoga studio for exercise!