Etymology: from the Sanskrit word योग, yoga (union, method), the root of the word is cognate with English yoke.
What is therapeutic yoga?
Yoga often leads to physical and mental improvement in people who practice it. The therapeutic approach uses the different principles of yoga to bring relief and recovery. The goal is to create an internal balance to improve wellbeing.
This therapy requires your participation. You are the person who creates this transformation process, while of course being guided by your teacher and supported by different props.
Often the postures are held for longer periods of time to calm the nervous system and help you let go. The idea is less about engaging the body on the physical level, but rather on a deeper level, with an internal effect often described as organic in yoga.
In this way, the body and mind can adapt smoothly.
When and why should you do yoga?
This approach can be used for different purposes:
- Helping with the management of a sub-acute or chronic injury
- Managing stress and anxiety
- Facilitating acceptance and non-judgment
- Helping to cultivate mindfulness
- Facilitating deep breathing
- Adapting a more gentle yoga practice
- Improving overall health and wellbeing
What should you expect from a yoga session in our CMI clinics?
These yoga sessions are individually tailored to your needs and abilities and take place at our CMI clinic in Longueuil. It is possible to participate virtually in the yoga sessions via ZOOM.
The sessions last one hour.
In the first meeting, there will be a short assessment and questioning period regarding your injury history, your health and your goals for the session. Afterwards, your teacher will guide you towards certain postures that target your objectives. The postures are often adapted and supported to ensure your comfort and minimize the risk of injury.
If you are not able to come to the class, virtual sessions can be arranged. If you do not have yoga equipment at home, accessories such as a chair, cushions, or other, could be suggested. A yoga mat is highly recommended.
Techniques used in therapeutic yoga
You will experiment with different postures with the help of your teacher and equipment (such as a bolster, block, strap, chair) to support you.
For example, a downward dog could be done with the help of a chair to decrease the physical effort compared to hands on the ground. Also, the child’s pose could be supported with a bolster and a block for your head. These adaptations can be made to increase the relaxing benefits of the postures.
The yoga class also integrates breathing, relaxation and meditation techniques. These are designed to help you relax and be more in tune with your body.
No previous yoga experience is necessary as you will be guided by your teacher.
Costs of a yoga session
The cost of a therapeutic yoga session is not covered by the RAMQ.
Contact us if you are unsure if your health condition allows you to undertake therapeutic yoga or talk to your doctor!
Need a therapeutic yoga session?
Make an appointment quickly and let us heal you at one of our CMI Physiotherapy Clinics