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  • What is Yoga Therapy for?

    • Psychosomatic and Stress Disorders such as bronchial asthma, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers and gastrointestinal diseases, atherosclerosis, epilepsy and headaches.
    • Physical Disorders such as heart disease and lung disease.
    • Psychiatric Disorders such as anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression and substance abuse.
    • Musculoskeletal Disorders such as spondylosis, arthritis, sciatica and carpal tunnel syndrome.
    • Metabolic Disorders such as thyroid and other endocrine disorders, obesity and eating disorders.
  • What are the Physiological Benefits of Yoga Therapy?

    • Create autonomic nervous system equilibrium, with a tendency toward parasympathetic nervous system dominance.
    • Pulse rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate decreases and cardiovascular efficiency increases.
    • Respiratory efficiency, amplitude and smoothness increases, tidal volume and vital capacity.
    • Gastrointestinal function and endocrine function normalizes.
    • Excretory functions improve.
    • Musculoskeletal flexibility and joint range of motion increase.
    • Posture improves.
    • Strength and resiliency endurance and energy level increase.
    • Weight normalizes and sleep improves.
    • Immunity increases and pain decreases.
  • What are the Psychological Benefits of Yoga Therapy?

    • Somatic and kinesthetic awareness increase.
    • Mood improves and subjective well-being increases.
    • Self-acceptance and self-actualization increase.
    • Social adjustment increases.
    • Anxiety, depression and hostility decreases.
    • Psychomotor functions such as grip strength, balance, dexterity and fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination and reaction time, steadiness and depth perception and the integrated functioning of body parts improve.
    • Cognitive functions such as attention, concentration, memory and learning efficiency improve.
  • What are the Biochemical Effects of Yoga Therapy?

    • The biochemical profile improves, indicating an anti-stress and antioxidant effect which is important in the prevention of degenerative diseases.
    • Decreased levels of blood glucose, total white blood cell count, total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL (low density lipoprotein) and VLDL (very-low density lipoprotein).
    • Increased levels of HDL cholesterol, ATPase, Hematocrit, hemoglobin, thyroxin, lymphocytes, vitamin C and total serum protein.
  • What Types of Therapy could be included in a Yoga Therapy Session?

    • Physical Therapies – Asanas (static postures), kriyas (systematic and rationale movements), mudras (seals of neuromuscular energy) and bandhas (locks for neuromuscular energy) gently stretch and strengthen the musculoskeletal system in a healthy manner. They improve mobility and flexibility of the different joints and groups of muscles. There is also concomitant improvement in the systemic function such as respiration, circulation, digestion and elimination. A general sense of health and well-being is also promoted by these aspects of yoga that help release endorphins and encephalins.
    • Emotional Therapies – Swadhyaya (introspectional self-analysis), pranayama (techniques of vital energy control), pratyahara (sensory withdrawal), dharana (intense concentration), dhyana (meditational oneness) and mantra therapy (Sanskrit words with deep meaning) to stabilize emotional turmoil and relieve stress and mental fatigue and to also bring about an excellent sense of emotional balance that is vital for good health.
    • Development of Proper Psychological Attitudes – Yoga encourages us to step back and take an objective view at our habitual patterns of behavior and thoughts. This enables us to cope better with situations that normally put our bodies and minds under strain.
    • Mental Therapies – There are a great many Jnana and Raja yoga techniques of relaxation and visualization that are helpful. Other practices such as trataka (concentrated gaze), pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, as well as dhyana may be utilized. Relaxation is a central element in yoga therapy as it is the body’s way of recharging its cells and helps to ease physical, emotional and mental tensions.
    • Spiritual Therapies – Swadhayaya, Satsangha (spiritual gathering seeking knowledge of the reality), Bhajana sessions and yogic counseling are important aspects of yoga therapy which help one to connect to their inner spiritual nature and to realize that “oneness” is health.
    • Preventive Therapies – Yoga has numerous preventive benefits. Improved immunity helps in preventing infectious and contagious diseases. Psychosomatic, stress related and lifestyle disorders may be effectively prevented by adoption of a yogic way of life. Yoga offers rehabilitative therapies for most musculoskeletal conditions as well as in recovery for debilitating illnesses. The practice of yoga also goes a long way towards prevention of disability and improving quality of life in numerous chronic conditions.
    • Pain Relief Therapies– Yoga is a useful addition to the pain relief therapies as it increases pain tolerance and provides an improved quality of life. It can be safely said that yoga helps us endure conditions that it may not be able to cure. This is vital in end life situations where it is important that the student has a sense of improved quality of life during their final days. Yoga can also benefit caretakers of such terminal students who are under great stress themselves.
  • What is Harmony’s Approach to Yoga Therapy?

    It is vital that we take into consideration all of the following aspects that are part of an integrated approach for yoga therapy. These include a healthy life, nourishing diet, a healthy & natural environment, a wholistic lifestyle, adequate bodywork through asanas, mudras and kriyas, invigorating breath work through the use of pranayama & the production of a healthy thought process through the higher practices of Jnana & Raja Yoga. Harmony’s goal is to find blockages and assist the student to help improve their body, mind & breath connection to get the most profound benefits.

  • What is a Brief Synopsis of Yoga Therapy?

    Yoga Therapy Appointments are arranged on an individual basis to meet the student’s needs, to benefit their healing process and to create body balance. Therapy can assist in opening scar tissue, change the state of connective tissues, lengthen meridians and open fascial pathways. Students are prescribed different pranayamas and relaxation techniques to increase the flow of prana and energy. Mantra Therapy (spiritual formulas/sacred sanskrit words) are also prescribed for healing, abundance and removal of obstacles to help students with physical, mental and emotional difficulities.

    Why Does Yoga Therapy Work?

    Yoga helps us regain the ease we had lost through “dis ease”. It also produces mental equanimity where the opposites cease to affect. This enables us to move from a state of illness and disease to one of health and well-being.

  • How does One Set-up a Yoga Therapy Appointment?

    Phone: 403-809-1402.
    Email: info@harmonyyogapilatestudio.ca

  • What is the Breakdown of Fees?

    After contacting Harmony, you will be emailed two forms:

    • Yoga Therapy History and Lifestyle Inquiry Form.
    • Yoga Therapy Dosha Questionnaire.

    Bring these two forms to your Initial Appointment.

    First  – 1 Hour Appointment $  50.00
    Therapist Preparation of Personalized Yoga Therapy Program $  75.00
    Second – 1 ½ Hour Appointment (Discuss Plan and Recommendations) $  75.00
    TOTAL $200.00
    Follow-Up Appointments (as required, requested or suggested) $  50.00/hour