Friday, October 11, 2013

Rehabilitative Yoga Specialization

As I work to complete my yoga teacher training, I start to develop my specialization. In addition to using my RYT certification to teach restorative yoga classes that aim at deep relaxation, mental clarity and unkinking blocks in the body, I am exploring yoga as a rehabilitative skill. While searching the internet, I found this Indian study from 1997 on PubMed.

The article's abstract (directly quoted from the website - is inserted in this post for my reference at a future date and for others interested in the benefits of yoga as a rehabilitative practice.

Yoga for rehabilitation: an overview.


Vivekananda Kendra Yoga Research Foundation, Banglore.


The use of yoga for rehabilitation has diverse applications. Yoga practice benefited mentally handicapped subjects by improving their mental ability, also the motor co-ordination and social skills. Physically handicapped subjects had a restoration of some degree of functional ability after practicing yoga. Visually impaired children children showed a significant decrease in their abnormal anxiety levels when they practiced yoga for three weeks, while a program of physical activity had no such effect. Socially disadvantaged adults (prisoners in a jail) and children in a remand home showed significant improvement in sleep, appetite and general well being, as well as a decrease in physiological arousal. The practice of meditation was reported to decrease the degree of substance (marijuana) abuse, by strengthening the mental resolve and decreasing the anxiety. Another important area is the application of yoga (and indeed, lifestyle change), in the rehabilitation of patients with coronary artery disease. Finally, the possible role of yoga in improving the mental state and general well being of HIV positive persons and patients with AIDS, is being explored.

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