Introduction to Medical Yoga
Yoga and Modern Medical Sciences share a common scientific approach that is verifiability and reproducibility of the process and outcomes.
Yoga asanas have been used in conjunction with Ayurveda medicine for a long time and it therapeutic benefits have been scientifically established. This has resulted in a specialised branch of yoga, called Medical Yoga, focusing on simplified Asanas (with or without specially designed props) for a variety of illnesses. For diagnosis, Medical Yoga partly relies on medical diagnostics and partly on traditional holistic approach.
Medical Yoga aims at healing the body, controlling the mind and enabling the practitioners (saadhakas) to attain their physical and mental potential, helping them to realize their true self.
It emphasises on conservation of energy/oxygen supply and directing it to the specific sub-systems-muscular, respiratory, circulatory, digestive etc. This results in balancing of energy flows in the body-mind complex that leads to ever-lasting blissful state.
Medical yoga asanas are highly effective, energy conserving and deeply relaxing. When these Asanas are combined with subtle suggestions and counselling provided by a trained medical yoga therapist, it unblocks the physical and mental blockages and the practitioner achieves an overall health physically, mentally and spiritually.
Asanas and processes can be practiced at home once these are learnt properly and practiced under specialist supervision.