Yoga Therapy Will Change Health Care. What You Should Know as a Professional.
by: Aron Stein
If you work in health care you know all too well how challenging some issues are for certain clients and patients. This is true for both mental and physical health issues. Individuals may feel that they have tried everything with little success. They are often close to giving up or may switch to another health care provider hoping to find the answers.
Often presenting issues have comorbidities. Physical issues often have a mental component, and mental issues have physical symptoms.
You probably understand the importance of the mindbody connection in wellness.
The body sends infinitely more signals to the mind than the mind sends to the body. In some cases, the quickest way to effect change in the mind is to change the body.
Experts are often trained in a particular discipline and their scope of practice is limited to their particular field.
Modern health care professionals rarely receive much in-depth training on the mindbody connection. What we need are tools to address issues on a more holistic level and engage with the whole individual. Mindfulness and yoga are powerful tools that are becoming more accepted in health care. For thousands of years these ancient practices have been helping people discover optimal wellness in body and mind and live longer and happier lives.
Because yoga offers a complete system to facilitate change at the physical level and works with the nervous system, it’s an effective way to address both body and mind issues.
Research shows that many clients resolve problems much faster using movement and meditation in addition to words. Using practices such as yoga and mindful movement, clients are better able to address issues like anxiety, chronic pain, obesity, trauma and depression and many more complex issues .
You can help with body awareness and self compassion. A client only needs to learn a few simple movements and breathing practices to see immediate effects. Yoga and mindfulness can also provide a community of more health conscious practitioners. Social interactions are an important part of optimal health and provide emotional and community of support.
The list of ways yoga and mindfulness can support your clients is endless. The healing that results from a blended intervention happens organically over time, and now is a great time to integrate movement into your therapy sessions.
As eastern philosophies continue to take hold and begin to transform the face of traditional medicine, will you have the training you need to stay relevant and address the emerging science of the mindbody connection?
If you are interested in learning more about yoga and mindfulness as a therapeutic tool, you can connect with a Yoga Therapist at Inbody Academy or you can even become a Certified Yoga Therapist or Mindfulness Teacher. Training is all online and mostly self-paced.
To learn more contact us here or see our post about yoga therapy. Your clients will feel confident knowing that you are able to support them on a deeper level. And you can address some of the body and mind issues they have been looking for help in solving or relieving.