What is therapeutic yoga

Healing with Therapeutic Yoga: Harm or Benefit? What can yoga therapy really do?

This is the second part of the interview. Please read the first part about yoga therapy first!

Can Yoga Harm?

Yoga has developed into a mass movement. Voices are being heard more and more often that attribute yoga to harmful effects on our health, such as overstretched ligaments or back / shoulder ailments. How does this fit in with the yoga therapy approach?

Yoga is anything but a uniform method that is practiced and understood in the same way everywhere. On the contrary, there are for example different concepts and instructions on how such a well-known anasana like the cobra should be practiced “correctly”, which are incompatible even with the best of will.

We know today that quite a few people through yoga are in major physical problems are advised and still guess. We also know that this is due, among other things, to the belief that yoga is often about achieving certain things acrobatic forms.

In addition, there is the erroneous assumption that a posture is sensible, useful and of course also healthy because it has come to us as an ssana. For some yoga practitioners, mobility that goes far beyond the healthy level is still an ideal that is worth striving for. Just as if progress on the path of yoga could be made in the perfect mastery of as many forms of asana as possible read off.

The stylization of the headstand and shoulderstand into the “king” and “queen” of the Âsanas, who with unacceptable health risks has created great problems for many avid yoga practitioners.

But there are also other ideas of yoga practice in which healthy practice, careful handling of one's own possibilities and a knowledge of existing risks are a matter of course. On such a basis, yoga therapy is an obvious extension of the range of applications of yoga.

You will also incorporate the mind, breath, meditation, and other aspects of yoga into your therapy. Does this mean that therapy yoga only has a healing effect if it is practiced multimodally?

The nice thing about working with yoga is that there is no other way than always addressing all aspects of a person together. The respective emphases can be very different and also change in the course of a therapy: Sometimes the physical aspect is very important, sometimes being able to be with yourself in meditation.

But there is also mindfulness in physical exercise and a body presence in meditation. It is difficult to determine what ultimately advances a healing process.

What can therapeutic yoga do and what can't it?

There is a wide range of therapeutic yoga options such as yoga for the back, hormonal yoga and much more - what do you think of that?

It always depends on what is in the corresponding packaging. It is nonsensical, for example, from standardized exercise series for specific complaints - So the row for back pain or the Prânâyâma for safe stress relief - to expect reliable and lasting positive changes.

Unfortunately, in connection with the therapeutic effects of yoga, people argue time and again with ideas that are completely mechanistic image of man consequences. And therefore in no way compatible with the knowledge that we have today about the immense complexity of the human body. These ideas include, for example, the erroneous assumption that yoga exercises can be used to directly influence the Hormone release to take. Fortunately, such ideas are becoming increasingly rare.

Many health insurance companies now reimburse yoga courses. Is a health insurance-subsidized yoga course always a suitable course if my health is important?

With a teacher with the appropriate competence, yes, of course. However, the expectations of such a course should not be too high. Practicing for an hour or an hour and a half once a week will sure help you stay healthier. Serious imbalances can rarely be corrected with it.

What can I expect / hope for from yoga therapy? Will I be cured of my back pain or cancer?

Yoga cannot do more, but also nothing less than To support healing processes. For many diseases, especially chronic ones, there is often a cure narrow limits set. We have to accept these limits, there are no miracles in yoga either.

Accordingly, the goals of any therapy, including those of yoga, must be based on the reality of the circumstances. We experience again and again how a yoga practice can also help cancer patients to achieve a better quality of life. But the idea of ​​being able to cure someone of cancer with the help of yoga is of course completely unrealistic - or irresponsible, depending on who utters it.

The situation is different with complaints such as chronic back pain. Here, an intensive yoga practice can sometimes play an important role in a process that sometimes ends in a stable back.

Which yoga should I do if I have a specific ailment? How do I find the right style, the right teacher?

Find someone who is around specific symptoms of your complaints cares, is open to questions, is interested in your experience with suggested exercises and adapts them accordingly, does not make great promises to you and appears trustworthy to you.

Especially when dealing with problems and questions that arise while practicing, you will recognize an existing competence: Feel taken seriously, are alternatives offered, are difficulties easy to communicate? In addition, good training and continuous quality assurance through regular supervisions or intervisions are of course a good prerequisite for having found the right person.

Mr. Soder, thank you for the informative and interesting interview!

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The questions: Annette Coumont