Yoga for mental health self care

Yoga and Self Care

Yoga is essentially self care.

Practising regularly brings steadiness, clarity and insight.

Across the world people are taking up yoga in various forms. Mostly in group classes. The way yoga is promoted is often perplexing. It is commonly promoted as a way to become super fit, or as an esoteric exercise.

However, yoga was traditionally taught one on one. The original meaning and purpose of yoga is to achieve optimal wellbeing, using a personalised tool kit of self care practices.

Therapeutic Yoga

Therapeutic yoga addresses issues that people face mentally, emotionally and physically. Interestingly, modern-day science confirms that regular yoga practice has tangible physical benefits, including the improvement of nervous system functioning and strength.

When clients seek out a therapeutic yoga teacher they are coming to get relief from a symptom or health condition that is troubling them. Therapeutic yoga teachers focus on the specific needs and concerns of the individual client. The format of the class is either one on one, or a small group, to ensure the needs of each individual are met. Take home self care practices and tools are regularly shared by the teacher.

Therapeutic yoga can also complement the work of clinicians and psychologists; extending on what is done in psychological sessions by supporting clients to put planned interventions into place. Clinicians and psychologists work alongside the yoga therapist to support the clients’ mental health self care needs.

Reference: The Distinction Between a Yoga Class and a Yoga Therapy Session, Yoga International.>

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