Yoga therapy promotes the body's own natural healing resources using methods based on physical and mental yoga techniques. Yoga therapists use the ancient art of yoga to treat patients with a wide range of conditions, using a combination of simple movements and postures, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques in order to promote good health and a sense of inner peace and relaxation.
Yoga therapists adapt traditional yoga for people with health problems, taking into account the individual's physical condition. Yoga therapy is applicable to many medical conditions and can be used in conjunction with complementary therapies.
A yoga therapist will initially assess the client's condition and then recommend the appropriate treatment, which will involve either one-to-one sessions or attending classes.
Yoga therapists have no set working hours - unsocial hours may be required to meet the needs of clients.
The work is usually indoors in places such as sports centres, health clinics and in other therapeutic environments. Therapists may work at several centres, therefore a driving licence would be an advantage. Very little equipment is needed other than a non-slip mat for safety.
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Therapists may work in medical practices, hospitals, clinics, holistic health centres, health clubs, special needs centres and in industry.
Prospects are governed not just by the local demand but also by the individual practitioner's ability to build up a business, either alone or with partners. Treatment is still very personal and reputations are made by recommendation and successful diagnosis and treatment. Some therapists teach as well as practise.
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