Yoga therapy has been used in India as a sister science to the Ayravedic medical and healing system for 1000’s of years.
This is a preventative as well as a curative approach to wellness and looks at treatment for all conditions on a holistic basis, taking into account the different body types or doshas and the lifestyle of each person, individually.
Once a doctor has been consulted the patient is then referred to a Yoga Therapist who will initiate a specifically designed program.
There is no disease or problem that Yoga Therapy can’t be of direct or indirect help. Back pain, injury and surgery recovery, post natal restoration, asthma, depression, insomnia, detox, addiction, high blood pressure, arthritis, overuse injury, chronic stiffness, fatigue, weight loss, joint pain or just out of condition, to name a few.
Specific ongoing programs are put in place and are continually monitored by the Yoga Therapist.
The doctor or health practitioner and the Yoga Therapist continue to work in conjunction.
Western medicine is so concerned with prescribing drugs and surgery that the real cause of the problem is overlooked and never addressed. The body’s immune system must be strengthened, and natural healing power given a chance, in order for the recurrence and severity to be reduced naturally and holistically.
Once a proper exercise program is in place, diet and lifestyle taken into account, the patient then has the control of his/her own healing, rehabilitation and rejuvenation.
Even people with no existing medical problems can benefit from a yoga therapy program. This enables for a much healthier and more complete life with less likelihood and frequency of sickness, pain and disease.
Yoga Therapy is a very powerful life tool that can greatly reduce the effects of aging and help so much to enhance our life.
The body is designed to heal itself; we only need to give it the chance.
Yoga Therapy puts our destiny and quality of life back into our own hands, relying on others is not the real way to a happy healthy life.
Once we learn how to use these tools we can then apply them. Regularity is the key to maintaining continual health. Yoga enables us to establish an ongoing, systematic approach that can continue throughout the rest of our life.
This is the real health insurance.
THE 5 KOSHAS
- 1 ANNAMAYA KOSHA
- physical body
- 2 PRANAMAYA KOSHA
- energy body - breath
- 3 MANAMAYA KOSHA
psycho emotional body
state of mind
- balanced state of mind
- 4 VIJINAMAYA KOSHA
- wisdom body
- mind as a witness
- reconditioning our core beliefs
- 5 ANANDAMYA KOSHA
- bliss body
The level the mind rests in a natural state
Yoga Therapy is an integration of the 5 Koshas to enable the establishment of a balanced sadana that the student can learn to manage and implement. This holistic practice addresses all these elements and through regular practice balance will evolve.
Physical problems cause mental problems.
Mental problems cause physical problems.
The root of the imbalance is found, dealt with and overcome. Self belief is gained. Long term practice is planed and a foundation is built.Yoga Therapy can be rehabilitative, curative, preventative or to manage chronic conditions with the goal of improving quality of life. It is a long term treatment / practice that is learnt to be applied by the student/patient/client themselves and evolves from the response gained from it. A complete, holistic customised practice is moulded around the students needs and limitations and can be done by the student at home without supervision. A more complete and extensive yoga practice develops over time as the student adapts and the path unfolds. Limitations are overcome and turned to strengths. The Tristhana Method of Yoga Therapy does not necessarily prescribe specific postures for a particular ailment or limitation. The practice is based on the establishment of Vinyasa (flow) movements sequenced to enable the issue to be addressed from a holistic angle. Strength is more important than flexibility and movement must be accompanied by the breath. The entire body must be used if strength, alignment, flexibility and balance are to be achieved. There must be a continual forward moving path to follow that will continue way past the initial problem once it is overcome. This ensures continual progression and motivation is sustained from results and the feeling of achievement. The patient becomes the healer.
The main element of Yoga Therapy and one often underrated, neglected or completely overlooked is the power of the BREATH. Research has now proven Yoga Therapy to be one of the most effective methods for managing and overcoming many psychosomatic diseases and disorders, and stress related conditions so common today. The main reason for this is because Yoga Therapy bridges the gap between mind and body, ranging across the entire spectrum, from physical to mental, from gross to subtle. This therapy is even more effective when integrated with specific breathing techniques. The breath has a direct effect on the parasympathetic (exhalation) and sympathetic (inhalation) nervous system each affecting a different side of the brain, calming and energising, stabilising imbalance. The breath is the bridge between mind and body. Modern medicine is very limited in its approach to «healing». Surgery or chemicals need not be the only way, getting back in touch with the bodies natural means to cure itself is most important. Medicine masks the symptoms and surgery may remove the problem and both have there side affect and usually lead to another complication. Rehabilitation is usually inefficient and drugs lead to addiction or dependence. Yoga Therapy, approached this way, empowers the student with the ability to take care of there own health and wellbeing, independence leads to greater satisfaction and the confidence to continue. Expenditure is greatly reduced on consultations and drugs and a long term, regular practice ensures continual improvement.
The Tristhana Vinyasa Yoga Method begins as a therapy to enable the obstacles of limitation to be addressed and a practice to begin to overcome them is commenced.
This leads the student into the Level 1 course «The 7 Elements» and the Basic Practice then begins.