Yoga represents the unification of mind, body, and spirit through controlled actions. Controlled action encompasses the yoga stretches, breathing, and in some systems of teaching, meditation. A number of different forms exist.
Yoga originated almost 5,000 years ago and teaches an ancient form of Vedic philosophy. Though Yoga is widely thought of as a series of stretches, it also includes many other aspects of healthy living, including:
Many different versions of yoga currently exist. Some of the most common ones are Hatha, Anusara, Ashtanga, and Bikram.
Clients are taught yoga poses, how to connect them, and how to incorporate breathing into the poses. Over time, students refine their poses through continuous repetition under the guidance of the practitioner.
As the client's body becomes more limber and supple, the client is able to perform more advanced poses. In most styles, the motions are slow and graceful, almost dance-like, as they progress seamlessly from one pose to the next, often pausing to relax into each pose.
Yoga can help relax, strengthen, stretch, and tone the body while calming the mind and nervous system. Yoga can be adapted to many musculoskeletal and chronic conditions.
A level of training that includes every competency component needed to safely and appropriately apply the treatment.
An additional treatment that first requires the practitioners to be trained in an appropriate related discipline.