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April 27, 2015
April 27, 2015
Teaching Therapeutic Yoga Sessions
Yoga is an art form with wonderful healing properties, and therapeutic yoga has been shown to help in easing pain, improving flexibility, improving internal health, and providing a relaxed state for patients with a variety of illnesses or injuries. Doctors are more regularly suggesting yoga to their patients for joint problems, back pain, or high blood pressure. The practice of yoga as a form of therapy is becoming much more widely accepted, and teaching it requires special characteristics from the instructor.
It is important for yoga teachers who are instructing therapeutic classes to remember that the students in the class are ill or injured in some way. Unlike students in many regular yoga classes, they are not completely healthy and may be more prone to injury or complications related to practicing yoga. These students may not be capable of performing all poses safely or without assistance, and many of them may not be willing or able to recognize when they are being pushed past their limit.
Therapeutic yoga is a slower, more careful form of yoga. Teachers must have patience, and they may have to assist students achieve or hold poses, particularly if the student has some type of physical pain and trauma, such as a shoulder injury or severe back pain. It is important not to push these students to hold poses that are too difficult for them. If a pose causes more pain, then it should be removed from the routine, as it will not benefit the student to be inducing more pain with the therapy.
It is not only physical pain that is treated with therapeutic yoga. Many patients with heart disease, kidney disease, and lung disease are told to practice yoga to promote the health of these organs and to increase their functioning. Yoga improves circulation, vessel health, and the ability of red blood cells to carry blood to organs and tissues in the body. Organ health and functioning is promoted with regular practice of yoga.
Teaching therapeutic yoga requires the instructor to be aware of their students' health and problems at all times. While a student may not realize that there is a problem, the teacher should be able to recognize a potential problem before it develops. It requires patience, dedication, and a love for healing and helping. This is a form of yoga that may not be easily learned by all students, but it can have many great benefits.
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