« Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga »

what is Yoga Therapy?

Yoga Therapy is a support to physical and mental health, and it fosters self-care through the use of Yoga tools. The well-being relies on the positive interactions of several factors:

WELL-BEING

SOCIAL

Community
Relationships

BIOLOGICAL

Genetics
Physical health and fitness
Disease states

SPIRITUAL

Self-actualization
Self-realization
Purpose
Meaning

PSYCHOLOGICAL

Mood
Mental Health

characteristics of yoga therapy

Yoga Therapy is based on the knowledge of the human conditions through the principles of yoga, along with the bio-psychosocial-medical sciences.

Yoga Therapy is patient centred, science-based and team delivered.
It includes all proven approches: conventional medicine, complementary & alternative medicine and lifestyle/self-care.

why yoga therapy in healthcare

PREVENTION

  • Decreases the risk factors for chronic diseases
  • Model for preventative lifestyle medicine

COST SAVING

  • May reduce the costs of medical care
  • Promotes of self-care, empowerment and resilience
  • Yoga for health-staff (absenteeism and sickness)

therapeutic approach

  • Patient-centred communication and care
  • Longer and deeper listening of the patient

treatment

  • Improves the management of the disease
  • May decrease the dosage/frequency of medicines

patient

  • Encourages self-care, empowerment and resilience

yoga therapy training programs

Different yoga therapy training programs are available in Europe, some of which are accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapy(IAYT):
1) The Minded Institute (C-IAYT);
2) Svastha Yoga Therapy Training;
3) Network Yoga Therapy;
4) Yoga Therapy Greece (C-IAYT);
5) Yoga Therapy Institute (C-IAYT).