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An integrative approach to yoga therapy includes various aspects from yoga including asanas, pranayama, and meditation.
When that is combined with knowledge of anatomy, fascial planes, biomechanics, and physiology, a powerful combination can be found in yogic wisdom and Western science.
Even more, Chinese medicine and its understanding of meridians, acupressure, and qi kung, provides a complete
3 point therapeutic system.
Each of the above include:
Acupressure / Self-Massage
Medical Qi Kung
Twists and Organ Compression Techniques
Notice in the above image how the hands are Twisting out,
This Targets the heart meridian and the Deep fascial Arm Lines
Yoga therapy done with an awareness of the fascia, meridians, and organ systems is a profound system of healing.
In addition to traditional yoga poses, a scientific understanding of the body is combined with various twists, compression, and self-massage techniques. This improves blood flow, adjusts structure, and promotes organ functions.
All of this can easily be done in various ways in the poses.
Each asana offers a variety of modifications that allow not only for more flexibility, but the opportunity to benefit the organs, breath, mind, and soul.
The asanas also offer the opportunity to stimulate key acupressure points.
Downward Dog and the Achilles Tendon
The points on the image show where some very powerful acupuncture points are located that are good for neck and back pain.
By stretching the achilles tendon in a pose like downward dog, and moving the neck and legs in specific ways, we can relieve neck pain.
Downward dog is an especially good pose for many conditions of neck pain, because it alleviates compression in the neck, while stretching the various muscles and fascia connected with the achilles tendon.
Knowing where key points are located, and how to modify poses with positioning and movement, can create powerful therapeutic affects for many common neck and shoulder disorders.
Revolved Side Angle pose (Modified) for the Liver
The image to the right is a modified revolved side angle pose, and the emphasis is on getting the right compression and rotation around the mid-back and ribcage. The arm positioning is secondary to the spinal twist, and placing compression forces on the liver.
The breath is directed to the liver and ribcage, which along with the pose, helps to improve blood circulation through the liver. The liver meridian in the area of the upper thighs and groin is also being stretched.
This pose is good for many of the fascial lines, and harmonizes activity between the lateral line and back line, as well as with the arm lines and spiral lines.
It can be useful for liver disharmony patterns, back pain, headaches, and digestive problems.
Stretching, Flexing & Contracting
Benefits of Compression Techniques
Typically in hatha yoga practice we tend to focus on the stretch and flexibility of the pose.
However, for every muscle that stretches, there are muscles that contract. When stretching the hamstrings, the quadriceps contract. When doing forward bends, the anterior muscles of the chest and abdomen contract.
While we focus on stretching and flexibility in yoga, we may tend to forget the contraction and its benefits.
Focusing on contracting muscles, such as in weightlifting, strengthens muscles.
The bandhas such as mula bandha, and root and abdominal locks, work with the force of contraction and can be very valuable for increasing energy, moving blood, and massaging organs.
Mula Bandha / Abdominal Locks
Learn More About Yoga Therapy:
How Poses Influence Organs, Meridians, and Fascial Lines
Sequences for Common Problems Like Back Pain
Unique Twisting Methods for Spinal Health
Discover How Poses Affect Specific Acupressure Points
Self-Massage Techniques for Your Yoga Practice