“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured,” BKS Iyengar
According to the International Yoga Journal, “Therapeutic yoga is defined as the application of yoga postures and practice to the treatment of health conditions and involves instruction in yogic practices and teachings to prevent reduce or alleviate structural, physiological, emotional and spiritual pain, suffering or limitations.” Woodyard, C. (2011).
Four principles underlie yoga’s healing system according to Desikachar and collaborators. The first principle is the human body is a holistic entity comprised of various interrelated dimensions inseparable from one another. The second principle is individuals and their needs are unique and therefore must be approached in a way that acknowledges this individuality. The third principle is yoga is self-empowering; the student is his or her own healer. Yoga engages the student in the healing process and a greater sense of…
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