Yoga is inherently therapeutic in various ways depending on the interpretation or the way in which it is taken up by the practitioner. Nevertheless, in broad strokes, we can distinguish between short-term application of yoga techniques and principles? to specific complaints or sufferings (?applied therapeutics?) and the further elaboration of a somatic-contemplative practice over a longer period of time. I have often found that those who engage yoga as support for specific issues ranging from generalized anxiety, panic disorder, depression and PTSD to musculo-skeletal issues and auto-immune disorders often cultivate the desire in doing so to continue to practice in an extended more contemplative context.
Yoga as therapy is best engaged one on one. Even in my groups at Atlanta Yoga, most of the practitioners have spent much time one on one in addition to the group classes. This allows us to take practice to a level very simply not otherwise accessible. Indeed, one could argue that yoga is best engaged one on one. This is much closer to the contemplative idea of ?transmission? of a knowledge than what currently passes for yoga (or, a ?yoga product?). It also allows the deliberate construction of a therapeutic relationship. In the context of a session we utilize both language/speech and mindful movement.
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