Yoga is a well-established Hindu discipline that that uses breath control, meditation, and body postures to improve the mental, physical and spiritual health of the participant. Yoga can help reduce stress, provide relaxation, flexibility, and strength, and help clients lose weight. The origin of yoga is thought to date back to the Golden Age in India, but since then, it has expanded to include many different forms. Yoga is a highly regarded practice and is experienced all over the world today.

At Avalon Integrative Wellness, we offer yoga sessions as a part of our intensive outpatient program or IOP. This discipline has been shown to complement mental health treatment in a variety of ways, boosting outcomes for our clients and teaching them healthy methods of dealing with stress and other issues they can effectively use throughout their lives. By combining yoga with other holistic therapies as well as some traditional treatment modalities, we can help our clients achieve a higher level of mental, physical and emotional health.

What does Yoga Treat?

Yoga centers both the body and the mind, creating a stronger connection between the two. While the physical benefits of yoga have been touted for some time, more recent research has indicated the discipline can help alleviate symptoms of even complex psychological disorders. Yoga may be a useful part of a treatment program for the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Trauma
  • Substance use disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Autism

In addition to relieving numerous symptoms of these mental disorders, the proven effects of yoga on the body include increased flexibility and strength, relief from chronic pain and even weight loss.

Benefits of Yoga in an IOP

More and more clinicians are embracing yoga as an integral part of an IOP for a variety of mental health concerns, due to the many benefits it can provide. Some of the ways yoga can support an individual dealing with a psychological disorder, trauma or other stressful life event include:

  • Creates a calming effect on the body and mind
  • Increases awareness of one’s self and surroundings
  • Enhances mental focus and increases attention span
  • Promotes acceptance and adaptability for a smoother transition from therapy to daily life
  • Provides a sense of security by cultivating inner strength and resiliency

While yoga offers numerous benefits in mental health treatment, it is not sufficient as a stand-alone therapy in this capacity. At Avalon Integrative Wellness, we incorporate yoga into our multi-faceted treatment program to provide our clients with the best possible outcomes.

How it Works

Yoga comes in an assortment of styles, including the following:

  • Hatha Yoga – This generic term merely refers to yoga sessions that teach the various physical postures associated with the discipline. The goal of these classes is to help participants feel more relaxed and looser.
  • Ashtanga Yoga – Another common form of yoga, Ashtanga sessions may be more rigorous as they take participants through a series of positions and postures. All the positions are performed in the same order in every Ashtanga class.
  • Vinyasa Yoga – This style of yoga is very similar to Ashtanga, although the focus is on creating fluidity as participants shift from one position to the next. The structure and sequence of Vinyasa classes are always different with an aim to make transitions between positions as smooth as possible.
  • Bikram Yoga – This type of yoga is performed in an artificially heated studio, so participants tend to sweat more even though the positions are the same as in Ashtanga or Vinyasa yoga sessions. Like Vinyasa, the sequence of the positions varies from session to session.
  • Anusara Yoga – As a newer addition to the various types of yoga available, Anusara focuses on helping participants open their hearts and minds to their inner goodness. An Anusara session is based on the belief that all humans are filled with intrinsic goodness and are equipped to allow that goodness to shine through.

Our providers understand that clients at Avalon Integrative Wellness are not necessarily choosing to learn yoga but to use the discipline as a means of mental health treatment. To that end, instruction during sessions will focus more on the condition and how to attain relief from associated symptoms. Our therapists help clients choose the style and positions that will best help them address their specific goals.

Yoga as Part of the Avalon Integrative Wellness IOP

At Avalon Integrative Wellness, we believe in treating the mind, body, and spirit to achieve the most significant benefits for our clients. We offer yoga as one piece of the puzzle, providing our clients with a combination of traditional and holistic therapies to meet their needs on a variety of levels. To learn more about our IOP, contact Avalon Integrative Wellness today at 888-266-9048.