Gaiatree yoga is for everyone.
No matter if you are ill or weak, young or well advanced in years, irrespective of your faith and believes, gender, nationality, or social background: You can succeed in yoga if you practice with focus. If you are new to yoga, welcome! Yoga can change your life. If you are ill it can help you feel better. Are you depressed, anxious, tired, or addicted? Do you suffer from back pain? Yoga can bring you relief. Regular practice can also be beneficial for persons with chronic problems such as arthritis, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, high or low blood pressure. In yoga, the understanding of health differs from western medicine. The holistic approach includes emotional wellbeing, mental resistance, joy, and spiritual growth. We work on a mental level, which has an effect on the body. You stretch and strengthen your muscles, which effects blood circulation, digestion, and breathing. You strengthen and calm your neural system.
Gaiatree-Yoga as therapeutic yoga.
This is not a usual yoga class. In fact, if you have a medical condition and attend a randomly picked yoga class you might suffer more than before. In some way, therapeutic yoga is comparable to an appointment with your physiotherapist or as rehab time rather than an actual yoga class. For people with serious medical conditions, yoga therapy is usually offered as an individual class or in small groups.
Therapeutic yoga is gentle and nurturing even though it can be a challenge, too. Our focus is on body perception and body posture, which lead to a relaxed and rhythmic breathing when combined with movement. Participants are taught how to perceive subtle sensations of their muscles or joints, organs, as well the inner experience of the mind. Furthermore, there is a strong emphasis on relaxation. The approach is individual and tailored to every participant’s needs, capabilities, and reactions. The teacher/therapist observes the students’ practice and determines contraindications.
In the beginning of yoga practice, every participant is invited to an extensive conversation. In the end, every student is provided with an individually tailored sequence of exercises, techniques and rules of conduct to implement in daily life. Regular consultations are part of the exercise plan.