Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual discipline which was first practiced in ancient India. There are various schools or types of yoga with different goals. Certain aspects of yoga in the form of low-impact physical exercise, meditation and other instructions have been shown to have numerous physical and mental benefits. These have been organized into a therapeutic system that is administered by a trained expert.
Yoga involves holding various postures or poses for a specified amount of time while controlling your breathing and practicing meditation. This may be enhanced by mental imagery, music, aromatherapy and heat. The postures usually involve stretching and can help to relieve tight muscles and areas under compression. Certain postures and exercises are more difficult than others but can be adapted for beginners through advanced participation levels. Your yoga therapist will consider your physical condition and limitations before designing a program that is ideal for you. Wedges and supports may be recommended along with pose alteration to accommodate any physical limitations.
Yoga promotes relaxation, pain relief and healing and improves balance, movement and stamina. It can help relieve stress and other ill effects of a sedentary lifestyle. Yoga can benefit those suffering from various conditions such as low back pain, sciatica and joint degeneration, as well as those recovering from orthopaedic injuries or surgery.