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How to Heal: The Emergence of Yoga Therapy as a Wellness Modality for the 21st Century

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The necessity for individuals to sustain their physical and mental wellbeing has increased recognition yoga and its health benefits. There is a shift toward more in-depth knowledge and application of yoga’s holistic and specialized therapies for present-day health conditions. The results are clear: the healing power of yoga is not a matter of belief, but of scientific fact.

Yoga therapy, or yoga chikitsa, meaning ‘therapy, cure, medicinal application and treatment’, is one of the earliest sciences of healing and self-care to address specific health and lifestyle issues that human beings face.

As a long-time teacher, and Chair of the GWI Yoga Therapy Initiative, I advocate for yoga therapy and its power to heal a variety of structural, physiological, mental and emotional conditions. Usually conducted via one-on-one sessions, it can improve health in real and accessible ways.

Here are five powerful, self-healing yoga therapy strategies:

  1. Nourishing the physical: For postural issues, back pain and range of motion, asanas or bodily movements create overall physical health and integration of the body and mind.
  2. Boosting energy and vitality: For metabolic balance, vital energy and physiological health, the science of conscious breathing can improve everything from digestion and immunity, to reducing anxiety and stress.
  3. Sustaining attention: The science of chant or sound is used to increase cognitive capacity, memory, concentration and focus.
  4. Shaping character and behaviors: Meditation is the ancient science of directing the mind to improve brain function, self-awareness and spiritual growth.
  5. Finding purpose and fulfillment: A personal ritual is a sequence of activities set in a prescribed order used to help empower an idea, intention or goal.

Yoga therapy is an integrative and holistic approach built on a foundation of ancient practices, informed by contemporary medical science.


By Bija Bennett
CEO, Bijab
Chair of the GWI Yoga Therapy Initiative
www.bijab.com / www.globalwellnessinstitute.org

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