Yoga therapy is a modern creation integrating traditional yogic concepts and techniques with Western medical and psychological knowledge. Yoga therapy aims at the holistic treatment of various kinds of psychological or somatic dysfunctions ranging from back problems to emotional distress.
While traditional Yoga comprises a wide range of mind/body practices, from postural and breathing exercises to deep relaxation and meditation. Yoga therapy tailors these to the health and emotional needs of the individual creating a therapeutic modality for healing.
Thus, yoga therapy is the adaptation and application of Yoga techniques and practices to help individuals facing health challenges at any level manage their condition reduce symptoms, restore balance, increase vitality, and improve attitude.
Goals of Yoga Therapy include:
- reducing the symptoms of suffering that can be reduced
- managing the symptoms that cannot be reduced
- rooting out causes wherever possible
- improving life function, and shifting attitude
Research shows that Yoga therapy is among the most effective complementary therapies for several common aliments and issues. Several studies have been done acknowledging the benefits of yoga for those struggling with eating disorders and it's related issues. Yoga, when applied therapeutically to individuals with eating disorders has been proven to increase body responsiveness, reduce disordered eating thoughts and tendencies and decrease cortisol and osteoporosis. These findings point to the importance of yoga therapy as a treatment modality and its promise to further healing possibilities for individuals struggling with eating disorders.
At Aurora Behavioral Health, we use a combination of mind-body based yoga therapy approaches. Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (PRYT) is at the crux of our approach. PRYT is highly experiential in nature and is best described as receiving a psychotherapy session with your ENTIRE body. Through the process of awareness and discernment, clients have the opportunity to become present to the realities of their body, minds and souls and then release any old or undigested experiences, traumas, personal beliefs and out of date habits and patters. Once processed, the client can move more fully into recovery with new perspective and personal efficacy. In addition to PRYT, Aurora has adopted Safe Space Yoga and Recovery Stories, both developed by co-founder Maria Sorbara Mora. These yoga styles offer yoga to all bodies in a safe therapeutic environment-facilitating embodiment of the recovery process. Individual, class and group experiences are done with eyes closed to foster an inner focus as well as to work with body image concerns of our clients.