Yoga therapy is using yoga exercises as rehab and corrective exercises. It is a useful method for movement therapy.

It can help an individual regain certain movements that have been lost due to injury or lack of use. It can help with postural alignment and balance. Breathing exercises can help with back pain, muscle control or relaxation.

If you have found certain positions have had pain or have been difficult, yoga therapy can provide cues and solutions to gain those postures.

“Yoga is beneficial for the health in ways that modern science is just beginning to understand.  Even though it has been applied with therapeutic intention for thousands of years, yoga therapy is only just now emerging as a discipline in itself.   More health care practitioners are starting to include yogic techniques in their approach to healing – and more yoga teachers give a therapeutic intention to their teaching.  People who have never tried yoga before are starting to consider including yoga in their treatment plan.” – Yoga Therapy Conference

“Yoga therapy treats the whole person, seeking to change attitudes and actions that inhibit the natural healing process, and cultivate attitudes and actions that support it." – Gary Kraftsow of Viniyoga that has been researched at NIH

“Medical research shows that yoga therapy is among the most effective complementary therapies for several common ailments. The challenges may be an illness, a temporary condition like pregnancy or childbirth, or a chronic condition associated with old age or infirmity.” – Robin Monro, PhD

“Yoga therapy is of modern coinage and represents a first effort to integrate traditional yogic concepts and techniques with western medical and psychological knowledge. Whereas, traditional yoga is primarily concerned with personal transcendence on the part of a "normal" or healthy individual, yoga therapy aims at the holistic treatment of various kinds of psychological or somatic dysfunctions ranging from back problems to emotional distress. Both approaches, however, share an understanding of the human being as an integrated body-mind system, which can function optimally only when there is a state of dynamic balance.” – Georg Feuerstein, PhD

Amy Van Antwerp, RYT-200 has done her 200 hour yoga training at Everyone Yoga School. Dr Michael Van Antwerp is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist as well as acroyoga instructor.