Understanding Yoga 2
What is therapeutic yoga? 3
Types of Yoga 4
Ashtanga yoga (eight limbed yoga) 5
Hatha yoga 5
Iyenger yoga 6
(Professor Khalsa of Harvard Medical School as cited in Novotney, 2009) 7
Health Benefits 7
Evaluation of References 8
The aim of this essay is to evaluate the findings of the selected articles regarding the therapeutic effects of yoga. The involvement in complimentary medicine such as yoga continue to increase, it is important to be informed about the nature of yoga and the evidence of its therapeutic effect on health. This essay will provide information regarding yoga and the different types of therapeutic yoga practiced. It will also give an overview of some of the research that has been conducted showing the benefits of yoga, as it has been studied in various populations concerning a multitude of different illnesses, conditions and age range. Yoga as a therapy is defined as the application of yoga postures practiced for the treatment of health conditions. This involves instruction to prevent, reduce or improve structural, physiological, emotional pain, suffering or limitations. Results from many studies suggest that yoga therapy improves muscular strength, body flexibility, promotes and improves many respiratory and cardiovascular function also promotes recovery and reduces stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain and improves sleep patterns.
A thousand year old tradition which originated in India, yoga, is now regarded in the western world as a holistic approach to many health benefits. The word “yoga” derived from the Sanskrit word “Yuj” meaning to unite or join the body, mind and spirit (see figure 1). A male who practices yoga is called a yogi, a female practitioner, a yogini (MYoga Centre, 2012). Although yoga includes physical and breathing exercise, it is for some an ancient philosophy of life as well as an exercise system. The main elements of yoga are based on training the mind, body, and breathing. Regular yoga practice can provide physiological, psychological benefits as well as promoting strength, endurance, flexibility and aids to greater self-control, while encouraging a sense of calmness and an overall sense of well-being (CNHC, 2014).
What is therapeutic yoga?
Yoga therapy is the therapeutic use of yoga which can help ease or manage health concerns or conditions. The therapy will be provided by a skilled yoga therapist who will help create a yoga therapy routine targeted to an individual’s specific requirements. Whether the individual is suffering from depression, high blood pressure, chronic back pain, diabetes, asthma, stress, or wanting to find a way to manage through the ordeal of cancer treatments (Yoga Health Foundation, n.d.).
It is important for a yoga therapist have gone thorough therapeutic training and be registered with the Complimentary & Natural...