Here’s how to combine the bodily, energetic, psychological, and religious to create a journey of true therapeutic.
For greater than 15 years, I’ve been educating the Healthy Heart Program, a 10-week yoga and wellness program for people with hypertension and Type 2 diabetes. Still, every time a brand new program begins, I really feel a way of anticipation, even a slight nervousness, as I meet the group of latest members for the primary time. The Healthy Heart Program, like different yoga remedy teams we provide, has a really totally different feeling from a yoga class for most of the people. Many of the individuals have discovered about yoga very lately. Many have been sedentary for a lot of their lives. Many have by no means sat like this in a circle the place they’re going to share one thing about themselves and their lives with strangers. Most have by no means had the time—we might even say the posh—to cease and take into consideration their position in their very own therapeutic course of.
Most of the members have come to this group due to a suggestion from their healthcare suppliers, and this, in itself, is comparatively new. Fifteen years in the past, these yoga remedy teams have been met with curiosity, even some skepticism. Today, these attitudes have virtually reversed to the purpose the place there’s an understanding in lots of healthcare settings that, when all else fails, yoga works. This acceptance of yoga remedy in healthcare is constructive general, however typically lacks a deeper understanding of how yoga heals.
So, how does yoga heal?
What I’ve found in additional than 20 years of working in yoga remedy is that whereas yoga methods, resembling asana and pranayama, are a key a part of the therapeutic course of, the deepest and truest therapeutic comes from the cultivation of constructive qualities, referred to as bhavanas. Each of the 10 weeks of the Healthy Heart Program takes certainly one of these qualities as its theme, and by the top, the individuals have developed a brand new method of seeing themselves, life, and different beings—which I really feel is the essence of yoga therapeutic.
This 10-week journey of therapeutic is predicated on three important rules of yoga remedy. First amongst these is that the yoga remedy journey is a homecoming to a spot of internal stability, consciousness, and wholeness that, nevertheless distant, is all the time current as a possible. Yoga remedy sees every individual as an expression and reflection of the infinite prospects and intelligence of the supply power. The talent and follow of the yoga therapist comes via an in-depth understanding of all of the sides of yoga, so as to open the suitable doorway to the scholar’s personal potential for health, therapeutic, and awakening, all of which is already current.
The second precept is that the therapeutic journey of every particular person is multifaceted and consistent with the 5 koshas, the totally different dimensions of our being. These embrace the bodily, energetic, psycho-emotional, greater knowledge, and religious dimensions. Yoga remedy group packages and particular person periods embrace strategies and methods for integrating and therapeutic at every of those ranges.
The third precept defines the position of the yoga therapist: our scope of follow. We create applicable yoga packages for therapeutic based mostly on the scholar’s wants for optimum wellness on the degree of every of the koshas. We then function a information or mentor for the journey of therapeutic and self-discovery. Rather than providing a analysis and remedy for a selected situation, the yoga therapist makes use of their expertise and instinct to convey collectively the optimum strategies, methods, and approaches amongst all of the instruments of yoga to help the scholar in remembering their very own innate therapeutic assets. This course of respects the scholar’s tempo and wishes for self-exploration and discovery.
How is that this optimum yoga remedy program created? There are 5 steps within the course of of making a yoga remedy program for a selected group or particular person:
Joseph Le Page is the founding father of Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) and a pioneer within the improvement of yoga remedy training packages. Find out extra concerning the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy.