Not a lot of people may know but Yoga can be very effective with treating health problems or disorders in people. It gets right to the heart of the problem which always lies within the anatomy of the body, and it aims to focus on ways to help improve the quality of ones life. This is known as Yoga Therapy and is becoming more widely known in the western world these days. While studying my advanced 300hr yoga teacher training here in Rishikesh, India, my classmates and I have been privledegd enough to have a whole week of intensive yoga therapy training with Dr Deepak Sachdeva from Dr Deepak Sachdeva's Medical Yoga Centre in Delhi. (Link below) It came as a surprise when our teacher Roshan told us that we would have 18 hours of training with him which would then leave us with the minimum requirement to go on and study a diploma in Yoga Therapy if we so wished at a later stage.
For me, this was very exciting because having studied a two year diploma in Beauty and Holistic Therapies back in Ireland not so long ago, I knew that I had a keen interest in the body and the anatomy/physiology of the body itself. It was my favourite subject in college and I was excited to learn more. Today was our first day of the training and we spent 6 hours studying all of the bones and some of the muscles of the body whilst associating them to Yoga Asanas (postures). Yoga Therapy is fascinating in the sense that, Dr Deepak himself even said, that the diagnosis starts as soon as the person walks into the office because everything about them including their posture, can give you a clear indication of the problem they might be suffering from. For me, I got a glimpse of this during our Figure Diagnosis module in college, in which we analysed the body for postural deformities and aimed to give exercises and nutrition advise to help combat the problem. It wasn't yoga related but it had the same concept of being all natural and treating the problem holistically.
It's truly amazing that so much research had gone into Hatha Yoga and the therapeutic benefits it provides and considering in the west we have a habit to prescribe medication constantly to patients without getting to the root of the problem, I hope this will be the future of Holistic living and treatment of disorders. Personally I don't know if I will ever study towards a diploma in Yoga Therapy but this is an incredible link to join up my love of holistic living, my skills as a beauty and holistic therapist with my skills as a Yoga teacher and who knows where that may take me. But for now, I am going to absorb as much of this truly worthwhile information for both myself and my future yogis.