Medical Yoga Therapy
for Mental Health and Wellbeing
Yoga therapy is becoming accepted
in the medical community
“It's crucial that we learn how to apply
yoga to the person, not the person to yoga.”
~ Beth Gibbs
There is a critical need for cost-effective, alternative approaches to address the worldwide epidemic of chronic, lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases and the related burden of chronic stress. Much of our mental health treatment system in Australia is focused on the treatment of mental illness – rather than on promoting mental health.
Yoga offers a comprehensive way of understanding the nature of the human mind, and how this relates to our mental health.
It is rapidly growing in popularity as it is now widely accepted that by modifying our behaviour and lifestyle choices, we can start to prevent the majority of disease-related suffering throughout the world.
A wealth of evidence-based research has consistently demonstrated that yoga, as an effective ‘mind-body’ medicine can both prevent and manage chronic health issues.
Yoga therapy is a newly emerging, self-regulating complementary and integrative healthcare (CIH) practice. It is growing in its professionalization, recognition and utilization with a demonstrated commitment to setting practice standards, educational and accreditation standards, and promoting research to support its efficacy for various populations and conditions.
We pride ourselves with having the most advanced medical system in the world. Yet, after the age of 55, about three out of four people struggle with at least one chronic condition, i.e. a disease for which there is no real medical solution.
One of the reasons for this is that the magic bullet approach of modern medicine is inadequate to address effectively address the multifactorial issues that lie at the root of most chronic diseases, says yoga therapist Marlysa Sullivan, PT in this week's free download.
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“Yoga is strong medicine but it is slow medicine. Don’t expect overnight cures with yoga (though for many people it does start to yield benefits right away). One major difference between yoga and many other approaches to healing is that yoga builds on itself, becoming more effective over time. This is not true of most drugs or surgery, which often gradually diminish in effectiveness. In this sense yoga is something like learning to play a musical instrument: the longer you stick with it and the more you practice, the better you get and the more you will get out of it.”
—Timothy McCall, MD, Yoga as Medicine
I want to see yoga therapy become a profession, with educational and quality standards in place. I also want yoga therapy to be recognized by institutions and professionals in other fields, such as medicine, mental health, physical therapy, social welfare, and education.