Yoga Therapy and Yoga Instruction Clinic

Quality of Life Improvement

Yoga is an ancient yet still unsurpassed science of living.  In Yoga Sutras, Patanjali outlines an eightfold path to awareness and enlightenment called "Ashtanga", which means “eight limbs”.  Asana is one of the limbs; however there is a lot more involved to enhance the quality of life through pratice of yoga in yoga therapy.  Asana involves a combination of physical activities to increase muscular strength, body flexibility, improve cardiovascular function and overall well-being, while breath is a bridge between mind and body.  Practicing yoga in a therapeutic way, we are connecting these three elements to create foundation for our wellness and well-being.


The human body is always working to maintain a state of balanced function.  As per Dr. Still “All the remedies necessary to health exist in the human body.” He understood that within the tissues, there is an inherent wisdom, a wise all-knowing restorative force, an intelligence within every cell that keeps the body well. When a state of discord arises, this healing force acts to restore functional balance and harmony. Sometimes the body’s self-healing forces can be impaired or impeded by disease or structural imbalance.


Healing of human body is comprised of four basic principles:


  • First principle: The human body is a holistic entity and is made up of five layers the "Koshas", which are inseparable from one another. The health or illness of any one layer affects the other layers.  
  • Second principle: Every individual is unique and therefore must be approached in a way that acknowledges that individuality.  Each  practice must be tailored to the individual's needs.
  • Third principle:  Yoga is self-empowering, and self healing as it increases self awareness, brings mental clarity, and relaxes the nervous system. Healing begins in balancing sympathetic (flight or fight) and parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system.
  • The fourth principle: Healing begins in the mind. When the individual has a positive state of mind healing is faster than an individual with a negative state of mind.  Mind is the seat of all chronic dis-ease.  


In yoga therapy, breathing is a science, relaxation is an art, mental control is a means of harmonizing body, mind, intellect, and soul to improve our quality of life.