Yoga Therapy

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What is Yoga?

The word Yoga means ‘ Union’ we can think of this union occurring between body mind and spirit bringing balance to our lives. Yoga is a scientific system of physical and mental practices that originated from India more than 3000 years ago. There are many styles and schools of Yoga. In the west we hear mainly of Hatha Yoga this simply translates as ha - Sun, tha - Moon this represents opposite polarities which join in the union of Yoga.

One of the reasons Yoga has grown dramatically in popularity is that it makes you feel harmonious integrated and complete. The Human body was designed to move freely after practicing Yoga one has a sense of standing taller and feeling freer.

“Life requires that one keeps oneself as fluid and flexible as possible. One should not stay still for too long, nor should one exhaust oneself by trying to perform impossible tasks. One should learn to exercise from nature by observing the fact that flowing water never stagnates and a busy door with active hinges never rusts or rots. Why? Because they exercise themselves perpetually and are almost always moving” Sun SSu – Mo


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Helens style of Yoga

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“Every class I design has a theme students can relate to, I set clear aims and objectives at the beginning of my lesson plan. My classes are planned incorporating alternatives and modifications of postures and sequences taking into account safety precautions and prohibitions therefore everyone of all abilities and capabilities can practise their own reflection of the Asanas (postures). I encourage a flowing and breath aware practice, I teach to work with the breath and with awareness in postures and movement. All my classes end with a period of relaxation this gives people opportunity to quieten the mind and connect with the inner self - a practise we often neglect in our busy day to day lives”

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The Asanas

Yoga Asanas are Postures that rebalance the body. They bring strength to the weak areas of the body and they bring softness to the tight spots. Not only do they create space in the physical body, they offer a sense of inner spaciousness also.


Yoga Therapy

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The problem with most recreational group Yoga is everyone is doing the same thing, if you have neck or a back problem the instructor probably won’t know. Most Yoga teachers don’t have time to address individual problems and special needs.

Yoga Therapy works one – one taking into account pain, injuries , health problems, constitution and circumstances. Programmes are designed to target problematic areas, working with postures to gain strength and flexibility in the physical body.

TWH Yoga Therapist Helen Roebuck has undertaken specialists training to teach Yoga postures, breathing techniques, relaxation practices and meditation to patients. Her Therapy incorporates massage; diet and lifestyle advise and detox programmes. Her Holistic approach helps promote general well being on all levels.

“Yoga Therapy empowers people to look after their own health, thus leading to patient satisfaction and reducing NHS expenditure on consultation and drugs” ref NHS Directory

“It is thought that between 30-40% of people that seek health care are suffering from illness with no clear cause or known detectable organic basis to explain their symptoms. These illnesses such has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, irritable Bowel Syndrome and Migraines are debilitating and very real for the patient. The Holistic approach of Yoga Therapy can help patients address issues relating to symptoms, enabling them to feel more in control of their pain and condition.” Ref- Yoga and Health Psychology

The key to Yoga Therapy is helping the you the practitioner create self practice that promotes self healing independently or alongside orthodox treatments and complement other therapies offered by TWH.

Conditions Treated by Yoga Therapy include...

Asthma, hypertension, back pain, arthritis, hyperacidity, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, migraines and headaches, MS, depression, insomnia, anxiety, panic disorders. Helps cancer patients cope with therapy , rehabilitation from surgery and anxiety and stress of a serious illness.

Specific Health Benefits of Yoga

+  Stables autonomic nervous system creating equilibrium
+  Cardiovascular efficiency increases
+  Respiratory efficiency increases
+  Gastrointestinal function normalises
+  Endocrine system is stimulated
+  Musculoskeletal flexibility and joint range of motion increase
+  Grip strength increases
+  Dexterity skill improve
+  Reaction time improves
+  Posture improves
+  Strength and resiliency increases
+  Endurance and energy levels increase
+  Weight normalises
+  Sleep improves
+  Immunity increases
+  Pain decreases
+  Balancing and steadiness improves.


Psychological Benefits of Yoga

+  Anxiety and depression decreases
+  Relieves insomnia
+  Memory improves
+  Well being increases
+  Attention improves
+  Self acceptance increases
+  Concentration improves
+  Mood improves
+  Ability to cope with the world and situations increases.


Yoga for Back and Joint Pain.

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Regular practice of Yoga will improve muscular balance and joint health. The graduated system of postures, breathing and relaxation is useful for patients who present with painful joints and muscular imbalance due to over use and repetitive strain. The yoga exercises systematically train the muscles of the whole body.

Poor posture and bad habits in movement place undue pressure on the spine. The resulting muscular tension is the frequent cause of back pain, which may radiate to other areas of the body, such as head , neck, arms and legs. Each Yoga posture generally involves some part of the spine in the exercise. Those that include gentle twisting of the spine specifically relax the deep layers of muscles in the back. Theses muscles connect individual vertebrae along the spine and are very much inclined to hold tension.

Regular practice of Yoga reduces symptoms of spine and joint problems after just a few weeks. Practice of postures provides necessary range of movement to maintain proper health of muscles, ligaments, cartilage and joint capsule which is essential for their function. Yoga enhances the production of joint fluid, nourishing the joints, cartilage and discs preserving flexibility and mobility.

Importance of the breath in Yoga

The essence of Yoga lies in the breath. The practices of Yoga are designed in such a way, as so to guide the inhalation into all the lungs. This encourages proper breathing habits and stimulates the body’s metabolic rate. Breathing into parts of body creates expansion and helps ease pain. The practitioner can consciously follow the balancing effects Yoga and develop a fine awareness.

Yoga exercises should always be coordinated with the breath and practiced with great awareness . Correct breathing is an essential prerequisite for health which is why so much importance is placed upon the breath in the practice of Yoga.


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Yoga practice influences the body, mind, breath and consciousness. Many patients suffer neck, back or head pain that can often be attributed to the inability to cope with stress. However many who suffer neglect to admit the root cause and only seek treatment for the physical symptom of the problem. Yoga helps patients who are otherwise unlikely to improve without inner change, as the practice produces an effect on both the physical and mental levels.

“Critical research trials show Yoga Therapy practices are among the most effective methods known for managing the psychosomatic, stress related conditions, which are so common today.”

Yoga practices have a profound effect upon the body and mind. All the exercises of physical movement, breathing and relaxation techniques bring harmony to each function of our being, in a most natural way. Yoga positively influences the person as an integrated whole, as in the meaning of the word Yoga which is Union

Yoga creates a balance of the physical, mental, emotional and social levels. Perfect balance means perfect health .Regular practice of Yoga will keep the body vital and healthy in to old age.

“These days I take time to practice Yoga and have learned to feel a greater awareness of my body. Due to this I often succeed in becoming aware of unnecessary tension and consciously release it.”

“The ability to consciously be aware of and influence my breath has contributed greatly to my wellbeing.”

“I can now relax easily in situations I found difficult before due to practice of breathing and relaxation techniques I have learned in my Yoga Therapy.”

Yoga and Sport

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Yoga Sport Science is growing fast amongst athletes and other sports people who endorse Yoga to be beneficial to training and preventing injury.

The Great Britain Hockey Team have been practicing Yoga as part of their training for the last 12 months and are enjoying massive benefits including gains in performance and less injury.

Sheffield based Diving Olympic silver medallist Leon Taylor was recently interviewed by Yoga and Health Magazine triumphing Yoga in his recovery from serious injury. The Footballer Ryan Giggs is quoted from a recent T.V. interview “ My regular practice of Yoga I believe has increased my longevity in Football ”



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