Therapeutic yoga: characteristics and benefits

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Yoga is the result of a set of concentration techniques that aim to achieve good mental and physical control. It is practiced by monitoring the breath and performing postures known as “asanas”, which mainly help us to relax. Now, in case our purpose is to improve a specific physical or stress problem, resorting to therapeutic yoga is a very good option.

What is therapeutic yoga?

Yoga as a discipline has evolved a lot and there are several variants and types of yoga that can be practiced. Specifically, therapeutic yoga is indicated for people who have pain, tension, and discomfort, derived from poor posture, injury, or operation. But in turn, it is also indicated to treat people who go through moments or stages of great stress or anxiety, and even specific situations that cause moods related to sadness or grief.

The most popular asanas in therapeutic yoga

In addition to the twists, which help to increase blood flow and oxygenate the body, or the hero’s pose, which is par excellence the most complete asana of therapeutic yoga, with benefits at the general body level, we can highlight two very popular asanas in the therapeutic yoga:

Lobster or grasshopper pose

One of the main postures of therapeutic yoga is that of the lobster (Shalabasana), to improve back ailments since it is an asana to improve the stretching of each of the vertebrae of the spine.

Plow pose

The Plow Pose (Halasana) helps balance the central nervous system and relax the lower back.

The reasons why you should practice therapeutic yoga

We will almost all agree that our day-to-day is loaded with many obligations and activities, work, friends, leisure, shopping, a trip, meetings, playing sports, going to the gym, being with the family. And sometimes we are not aware of the need to resort to techniques such as yoga, to help us relax, stop, breathe. And even more so when it comes to alleviating any specific discomfort that does not allow us to carry out our daily activities correctly

Finding within our week and our daily routine a time to practice yoga is extremely important, even when we do not have specific pain or discomfort, or we think that taking a couple of days to rest will be enough to clear us of our obligations.

Therapeutic yoga can be beneficial for:

  • Relieve muscle aches
  • Improve flexibility
  • Help in the better functioning of some organs.
  • Repair tendons and joints
  • Promote relaxation and relieve stress
  • Increase concentration, memory, and attention
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Help improve energy and mood
  • Train and improve breathing
  • Facilitate restful sleep and rest
  • Relieve blood pressure
  • Strengthen bones
  • Improve posture and balance
  • Provide vitality
  • Promote weight loss

Therapeutic yoga is not only beneficial because it can relieve muscle, tendon, or joint pain, align our back and improve our posture, but it also helps prevent them. Its continuous practice can avoid injuries and pain derived from bad posture or inappropriate body movements, and even caused by inappropriate breathing.
How to start practicing therapeutic yoga?

All the benefits derived from the practice of yoga for therapeutic purposes will result not only in improving, repairing, or healing, but also in preventing and preventing our body from hurting, injuring ourselves, or going through periods in which stress and anxiety do not allow us to sleep and breathe properly. Ultimately, the therapeutic purpose of the practice of yoga is to keep our health in optimal condition and help us to be healthy.

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