photo: Sandra Jayne Taylor

Yoga is a living tradition, begun several thousand years ago. Yoga is translated as integration, or literally to yoke, or join together, body, mind and spirit. One of the primary texts of yoga is the Yoga Sutras, correlated by Patanjali around 500-200 BCE. The whole system of yoga practice is around 5000 years old.

Like dance, yoga is inherently therapeutic, and has been used as a therapeutic practice throughout history. Teachers today are most commonly registered under the Yoga Alliance, with the initial RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) or ERYT (Experienced Yoga Teacher) showing that they have studied under an approved program consisting of practice in yoga, anatomy and teaching skills.

Yoga Therapy is a newer field integrating the use of yoga practice to help an individual or group work towards balance in body, mind and spirit, addressing physical as well as psychological issues.

Who is yoga for?

  • Yoga is for everybody, although poses must be adapted to the individual.
  • Yoga is often easier for entry into the therapeutic process as the poses are a known system
Benefits of yoga
  • increasing self-awareness, self-esteem and personal autonomy
  • increased awareness of the body and its actions.
  • experiencing links between thought, feelings and actions.
  • increasing and rehearsing adaptive coping behaviors.
  • expressing and managing overwhelming feelings or thoughts.