What is Yoga Therapy?
Today yoga has become as famous for its fashionable wardrobe as it has for it's complex "poses". This ancient health care system is, for the most part, vastly misunderstood and is extremely new, and still very unique, in South Africa. Yoga Therapy is derived from a three thousand year old health care system that refers to the adaptation and application of Yogic Science, Ayurveda and Yoga techniques to help clients facing health challenges in a multi dimensional manner. It has been modernised with progressive scientific thinking in a non-invasive and complementary manner*. Similar to any physical therapy Yoga Therapy encompasses posture, balance, movement, knowledge of disease, injury and the healing process, as well as deep relaxation techniques unique to Yoga Therapy.
Yoga Therapy represents a focus on integrating traditional yogic science and techniques with Western medical and psychological knowledge* and is aimed at the holistic treatment of various conditions from back pain, to emotional stress (stress, anxiety and depression), to chronic illnesses and disease. The focus of Yoga Therapy is to reduce symptoms, restore homeostasis (internal physiological balance), increase vitality and improve attitude and outlook. Yoga Therapy adapts the practise of Yoga to the needs of clients with specific or persistent health problems that are not usually addressed in a yoga class.
Yoga therapy is typically conducted one-on-one or in small groups and, often, a session more closely resembles an appointment with a physical therapist, or rehabilitation specialist, than it does a typical yoga class. What sets this healing modality apart from others is the focus on linking movement to deep, rhythmic breathing alongside an emphasis on relaxation. In fact, when someone is very ill or in recovery, the therapist may suggest that the entire practice consist only of breath awareness and relaxation until the patient is ready to tackle more.
integrated Healthcare system
Our Meraki Code Yoga Therapy programs comprise a wide range of practices from postural and breathing exercises to deep relaxation and meditation tailored to the health needs of the client. This integrated healthcare system is preventative in nature and is designed alongside a client centric lifestyle plan, (diet, nourishment, daily routine) but is also restorative, palliative and curative depending on the individuals needs.
- Increase energy.
- Improve sleep patterns
- Reduce stress and anxiety.
- Improve posture & balance.
- Quiet & calm the mind.
- Improve mobility, flexibility & stability of the hips, shoulders & spine.
- Manage, decrease & resolve pain.
- Improve core stability & strength
- Evoke deep relaxation and ‘time out’ for the body to heal at a cellular level.
- Target and relieve specific pain areas or the symptoms of chronic illnesses.
- Improve circulation – blood & lymph flow.
- Aid weight management and toning.