Yoga Therapy at Phoenix Yoga Studio
'Yoga comprises a wide range of mind/body practices, from postural and breathing exercises to deep relaxation and meditation. Yoga therapy tailors these to the health needs of the individual. It helps to promote all-round positive health, as well as assisting particular medical conditions. The therapy is particularly appropriate for many chronic conditions that persist despite conventional medical treatment'
Yoga Therapy and Training Center (Ireland)
Phoenix Yoga Studio is now offering private yoga therapy sessions for back care, stress management and certain musculoskeletal disorders. In these 1:1 sessions, you will be given a holistic yoga therapy programme designed to meet your personal needs. Your therapy programme will encourage you to take an active role in your own healing. These sessions are gentle and suitable for anyone, regardless of age or fitness.
What is Yoga Therapy?
'(Yoga therapy is) the use of the techniques of Yoga to create, stimulate, and maintain an optimum state of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health' Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D.
Yoga therapy is a new form of healing emerging out of the current popularity of yoga practices. Yoga holds that a person’s health condition depends on himself. It lays emphasis on physical, mental and emotional balance and development of a sense of harmony with all of life. There’s nothing mystical about it, nor is it external. Rather it is an inner faculty. Yoga endeavors to re-establish inner balance through a variety of ways, ranging from the gross to the subtle, which is why it is considered a holistic art.
Rather than prescribe treatments, yoga therapy encourages awareness - through age-old yogic techniques, we get to know ourselves better. From this knowledge, comes the ability to more easily accept and adapt to change, resulting in enhanced well-being in body, mind, heart and spirit, hence its applicability to almost all chronic conditions.
Private yoga therapy sessions can be more effective than general yoga practice for people who wish to treat specific medical conditions through yoga. Yoga therapy is non-invasive and can be practiced alongside any other form of treatment or healing from mainstream medical treatment to acupuncture, homeopathy and physiotherapy.
Yoga teacher and therapist Laura Feeney (BA, MSc, YTTC/Birthlight Dip): Laura has studied many styles of yoga and yoga therapy with internationally distinguished teachers including Marie Quail, Judith Lasater, Mukunda Styles and Donna Farhi. Laura holds certifications in Yoga Therapy for Back Care and conditions relating Muscles, Bones and Joints from Yoga Therapy and Training Centre (YTTC.)
'Yoga therapy consists of the application of yogic principles, methods, and techniques to specific human ailments. In its ideal application, Yoga therapy is preventive in nature, as is Yoga itself, but it is also restorative in many instances, palliative in others, and curative in many others'
Art Brownstein, M.D.
The autonomic nervous system is divided into the sympathetic system, which is often identified with the fight-or-flight response, and the parasympathetic, which is identified with what's been called the relaxation response. When you do yoga - the deep breathing, the stretching, the movements that release muscle tension, the relaxed focus on being present in your body - you initiate a process that turns the fight-or-flight system off and the relaxation response on. That has a dramatic effect on the body. The heartbeat slows, respiration decreases, blood pressure decreases. The body seizes this chance to turn on the healing mechanisms”
Author, Richard Faulds