Yoga for Healing: A Clinical Approach

By Sahar Delfani
QubeCore Sports & Rehab Clinical Yoga Therapist

What is Clinical Yoga?

Clinical yoga uses gentle stretching and strengthening exercises (postures), breathing practices, relaxation techniques and meditation to help restore mind & body balance and promote natural healing. It is suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness and flexibility.

Who can benefit from 1 on 1 yoga sessions?

  • Patients with specific or persistent health issues not usually addressed in a group class setting, such as stress-related issues, back pain, stiffness, arthritis, low range of movement, depression, digestive issues, asthma and more.
  • Beginners to yoga practice.
  • Practitioners who want to deepen into their practice.

What is the difference between Clinical Yoga Therapy and regular yoga?

Although similar, yoga and yoga therapy have different applications. Yoga focuses on harmonizing the body through breathing techniques and poses, whilst yoga therapy is the process of encouraging improved health and well-being through the teachings and practices of yoga.

How is yoga effective in managing injuries, and is it a safe practice for those with injuries?

Yoga is an excellent modality for injury prevention and recovery. In general, yoga lengthens muscle tissue, strengthens muscle through applying healthy stress in various shapes, and enhances range of motion of the skeleton. Yoga after an injury can aid in rehabilitation and is safe depending on the intensity of an injury.

How effective is Clinical Yoga & how early can you expect results/improvements? 

When done consistently and under the guidance of a proper yoga instructor, yoga usually takes about 6-12 weeks to notice results, although this varies from person to person. Yoga must be practiced in its entirety to reach optimal benefits.

Can everyone do yoga?

Yoga is a series of stretches and poses that you do with breathing techniques. It offers the powerful benefits of exercise. Given that yoga is gentle, anybody can participate, regardless of age or fitness level.

How does Clinical Yoga Therapy complement other therapies such as kinesiology or physiotherapy?

Many doctors, physical therapists, psychotherapists, and other healthcare professionals choose to seek out yoga for themselves – to aid with stress management, burnout, and other concerns. They also often refer clients to yoga therapy, yoga classes or even to integrate yoga therapy into their practice. In studies, yoga has been shown to effectively reduce pain and aid or accelerate healing of varying conditions. It can reduce stress and inflammation in the body while also providing motivation, emotional support and even a sense of purpose and meaning throughout the healing process. Further, it can increase interoceptive and proprioceptive awareness. These factors contribute to reducing factors that hinder healing and increasing factors that speed it and contribute to overall health and wellbeing.

QubeCore Sports & Rehab offers Clinical Yoga Therapy services in North Vancouver for a wide range of conditions. To book your appointment with Sahar Delfani, call 604.210.2274 or simply book online by clicking HERE.