“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.”
– B.K.S. Iyengar
Healing yoga is a term that is used to describe the therapeutic aspect of a yoga practice. For centuries, yoga has been used as a form of therapy—to help with various physical, emotional, and mental conditions. More an more studies are showing the benefits of yoga.
Healing yoga places emphasis upon both the physical body, and the subtle, energetic anatomy. As we learn to work more consciously with our breath and vital life energy, we are able to facilitate healing from deep within.
Healing yoga can involve a number of different practices, and encompass many different techniques. But each of them will have as their aim some form of healing on the physical, energetic, or mental level.
More and more, yoga is being introduced into various integrative centers, as a complementary therapy to modern medicine and psychotherapy.
What to expect
• Because there are various forms of healing yoga, it is hard for us to tell you what to expect.
• The practice can vary in length of time, but typically has a specific focus—whether it is creating mental relaxation or opening the energetic centers of the body.
Suggestions from The House of Yoga
• Be patient with your body and practice.
• Slow down your breathing to help facilitate awareness and relaxation.
• Be curious. Take note of how you feel not only during the practice, but after.
• Enjoy. Be patient. Be curious. Breathe. And have fun.