Introduction to Yoga Therapy
The answer lies in a specially adapted form of yoga known as yoga therapy. This is gentler and easier than standard yoga, and takes into account the stiffness and immobility of arthritic joints. Yoga therapy for arthritis has been available for more than forty years in the West, but only at specialized alternative centers. For the past few years, however, the yoga biomedical trust has been researching and developing yoga for use by people with chronic or serious complaints that continue to baffle the medical profession.
It was after the doctor’s own asthma was cured by practicing panorama that he decided to dedicate his life to researching the therapeutic benefits of different forms of yoga. He and his team work closely with orthodox doctors and carry out clinical research in major British teaching hospitals. The idea is to analyze this ancient discipline by modern clinical research methods, to discover exactly how and why it works, and how it can best be adapted to give maximum relief for intractable conditions.
Based at the royal homeopathic hospital in London, the yoga therapy center offers a specialized eight week course designed for sufferers of all forms of arthritis. Yoga therapy is very different from ordinary yoga, as the therapy has been adapted and modified for arthritis sufferers. A distinction is made between osteoarthritis, which afflicts mainly older people and is caused by wear and tear on the joints, and rheumatoid arthritis, which affects the whole body and can result in eye and heart problems as well as stiff, painful, inflamed joints.