Gentle Yoga for Therapy

Gentle Yoga for therapy, chronic pain, recovery in Bloomington IN - Indiana and Columbus Indiana.

Yoga - A Gentle Form of Therapy 

The definition of gentle yoga is rather open to interpretation—that of the person who is about to practice yoga or be guided in a yoga practice. What may be 'gentle' yoga to one person may be challenging—if not impossible—to another. Simply asking someone to get dressed for a yoga therapy session may be too much if they are in cancer treatment; a person with multiple sclerosis (MS) or lupus may find that 'gentle' yoga involving multiple props, getting to a class and returning home, and then showering are enough to bring on several days of utter exhaustion. In contrast, expectations and presumptions may hinder an individual: many 50 – 70+ women can benefit from a yoga practice, with some modifications as acknowledgement that their body is not that of a 20-year-old's; someone with Parkinson's can get up and down off the floor much more readily than they are given credit for if they are shown how, rather than merely offering them a chair to sink into; pain can be a significant obstacle, yet is often ameliorated by regular, gentle movement, such as a guided yoga therapy session.

Yoga Therapy is traditionally described as Yoga Cikitsa, the practice of yoga for healing. Although yoga therapy is not yoga instruction per se, it can (and often does!) lead to a newfound sensitivity to one’s state of mind, and awareness of the body in its unwelcome states of illness, discomfort, fatigue, or the welcome states of health, wellbeing, ease, and energy. A yoga therapy client essentially becomes a yoga student, be it at the most basic physical level or at the deepest mental and emotional level. For some that shift begins unconsciously as an imperceptible change: a slight lessening of pain, being able to move an arm again, or having a brighter outlook on life. Others experience dynamic change, reconnecting with their body years after the onset of neurological disease or cancer, or moving past depression and once again partaking in life. This is the essence of a mindful, gentle, yoga practice— positive, profound and lasting change which heals, sustains.


To learn more about yoga as a gentle form of therapy for healing and recovery, please look over our options for in-home yoga therapy in Bloomington Indiana and Columbus Indiana.

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The owner is a highly skilled yoga therapist and educator with a wide breadth of knowledge in yoga for specific conditions and populations. I would recommend Second Nature's services to anyone looking to learn more about yoga therapy or for those who need a practice outside of the typical yoga studio "workout." __Kelly F.

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