Yoga therapy is created by the merging of traditional yoga with modern medicine. Medical assessments are taken into consideration to tailor yoga practices to individual needs. This approach makes yoga therapy more effective than general yoga practice that is taught in a group/class setting or recorded on DVD or television.
Yoga therapy can work with all levels of your being by integrating the ancient practices of yoga to help effect your unique condition, whether it is physical, emotional, stress related, energetic or spiritual. Practices are individualized, including but not limited to the use of yoga postures to bring balance to the structure, pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation and visualization practices may be appropriate for your unique goals or condition. Yoga therapy practices are written out for home practice with traditional stick figure drawings and are reviewed and adjusted as necessary during each visit and is closely supervised by Dr. Bernstein throughout the course of the prescribed therapy.
Yoga therapy can help individuals heal injuries and manage a chronic illness such as low back pain, arthritis, shoulder pain: respiratory conditions such as asthma: diseases of the digestive system such as irritable bowel syndrome; improve balance and co-ordination for patients suffering the effects of Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, and Multiple Sclerosis; and for many other common health conditions such hypertension, anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. Techniques for stress response management can help a person to lose weight and or lower blood pressure as well as help athletes achieve their training goals and prevent injuries.
Yoga therapy can also be applied during pregnancy to help women to prepare for childbirth and also to help with any health conditions women may experience during pregnancy such as edema, headaches, low back pain, nausea. Yoga Therapy can also be beneficial to the elderly, helping them to maintain and promote good health.
Yoga therapy can be practiced alongside any other form of treatment or healing that a person may opt for, from mainstream medical treatment to any form of Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM) such as acupuncture, homeopathy, etc.