The suffering from pain that is not yet arisen is avoidable. Yoga Sutra 2:16
- Aches and pains in muscles and joints from past injury, arthritis, spinal conditions
- Chronic pain like arthritis
- Chronic illness (multiple sclerosis, cancer, parkinson’s, and other autoimmune conditions)
- Mental health conditions (depression, anxiety)
- General well-being
All yoga is potentially beneficial, but most group classes really are not designed for individual therapy. If you have certain conditions, pain or illnesses typical yoga classes may inadvertently do more harm than good.
The International Association of Yoga Therapists has the following to say about it:
- Yoga therapy as a safe way to work with the natural capacity of your body and mind to optimize well-being.
- Yoga Therapists work with individuals to help ease pain and suffering.
- Yoga Therapists have in depth training to assess and keep clients safe while addressing specific goals
Yoga Therapy practices may include yoga postures and movements, but may also include breathing, meditation, visualization and other techniques depending on the needs and interests of the client.
Can Yoga Therapy fix everything? Yoga Therapy does not cure diseases, but may greatly help with symptom and pain management and even help you change your relationship to the illness/pain so that your overall condition improves. What does that mean? Well, I have MS but that doesn’t bother me as much a it used to. I have a new perspective on my future and new experiences with my body that decrease the impact of the diagnosis on my overall condition. Basically – it doesn’t matter as much as it used to.