YOGA THERAPY

Traditionally, Yoga was practised one-to-one, the student and Guru spending many years together working specifically to meet the student’s individual needs on their physical, mental and spiritual journey. Modern Yoga classes have moved away from this tradition with most teaching being done in a group context. Whilst this is fine if you are fit and healthy and you find the right class for you, but if you have any particular physical or mental challenges, a group class may not be the best thing for you. In a group class, you may simply have to “sit out” from the asanas (postures) which you can’t manage due to any limitations you may have. This means that you not only miss out on some of the class, but you are avoiding working on the very areas which actually need most attention. Worse still, you may even cause more harm by attempting postures which are not suited to your situation.

Vinyasa Krama Yoga is based upon the teachings of Sri T Krishnamacharya. This great teacher never took a group class. He adhered strictly to the principles of “Viniyoga” – the application of Yoga techniques to individual needs. Yoga Therapy (“Cikitsa Yoga”), was considered by Krishnamacharya to be the first level of any student’s practice. The ultimate aim of Yoga is to reach a state of mind which is perfectly calm and equanimous – this is simply not possible if the practitioner is troubled by physical or mental issues. In heading for it’s goal, Yoga must therefore bring us to a state of perfect health.

Yoga has been proven to be highly effective in addressing many of our modern ailments. In particular, practised properly, it can:

  • Alleviate muscular, spinal and joint pain
  • Improve lung capacity and breath control
  • Condition and tone both internal and external muscles
  • Improve internal organ function
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Improve circulation and condition the heart
  • Counteract depression and anxiety
  • Strengthen the immune system.

In Private Yoga Therapy sessions, we will together develop a practice tailored precisely to your specific needs.

Read more about the benefits of Yoga in Moira’s blog “Sarvanga Sadhana –  A Whole Body Practice”

Please contact Moira to arrange a free initial consultation – 0191 4885070 / moira@nebk.net