In recent years Hong Kong has seen a huge ‘yoga’ surge; yoga has become faster, harder, more – subsequently resulting in the unfortunate increase of yoga related injuries. The practice of Hatha Yoga is without doubt an excellent practice for maintaining general health and wellbeing. However, in the classroom, the desire to do the poses regardless of an individual’s actual ability can easily give rise to functional imbalances and compensatory patterns in their body which may result in a decreased range of movement, pain or even injury. This is especially significant where there is stress, bad posture or other complications.
Therapeutic Yoga is not merely for yoga enthusiasts but for anyone who recognizes and values the importance of a body that moves with grace and stability. Therapeutic yoga practice builds balance, ease, strength and better functional movement. It is an effective restorative blend of biomechanics, kinesiology, anatomy, physiology and pure awareness. And, when coupled with the ancient wisdom of the yogis then there is a unique formula for maintaining mind-body balance through movement, breathing and stillness.
Although the benefits of Hatha Yoga can also be applied to Therapeutic yoga, Therapeutic Yoga is especially suitable for those who are experiencing aches and pains in their joints, reduced range of motion, restrictions due to injury or surgery etc. Its effects go further than the ‘mat’. The practice can be carried through one’s daily activities from low activity – sitting at a desk to the high activity of sports.