Yog Niketan Dham

Yoga Therapy or Yogic Chikitsa

Yoga Therapy, All forms of yoga are known to have therapeutic advantages for the human body, mind, and soul. Ever since the evolution of yoga arisen around 5,000 years ago, yoga therapy has been established itself in Indian civilization deeply.

Yoga Therapy is mostly practiced by yogis and yoga gurus all around the world. It specifically focuses on recovering the deformities and healing aspects of yoga through the application of different instruments such as correcting the body posture, breathing techniques, and meditation practices.

Indian philosophers mentioned three kinds of sickness and these were:

  • Spiritual Problems
  • Mental Problems
  • Physical Problems

Yoga therapy course takes into account every aspect of the human life – physical, emotional, and mental. Even most of the people take their first steps towards yoga through physical practices, here it is important to remember that the yogic lifestyle is much more than a few stretchings and poses.

How does Yoga Therapy work?

Yogic Chikitsa is the onliest therapy that treats the whole body as a whole rather than focusing on an individual body part or system. It works on the innate capacity of the body and mind so the inner strength could be developed.

While regular yoga classes are good to lift up your mood and ease common aches and pains while a private yoga therapy session goes further beyond as it takes into account you as an individual.

Mainly, there are Four principles of a Yoga Therapy session for curing a particular body part and these are:-

  • Align the physical body.
  • Stretching.
  • Motion to the part.
  • Deep pressure on Acupressure points.

During YTTC in Rishikesh, India we employ Yoga Therapy as the main practice to work on recovering many health issues and it works extremely well in fixing these ailments:-

  1. Freezing shoulders;
  2. Herniated disc problem;
  3. Spinal stenosis;
  4. Sciatica;
  5. Shoulders Arthritis;
  6. Knee Arthritis.

What is Yoga Therapy?

Ayurveda states “Ya Kriyavyadhiharni sa Chikitsa nighadhayate”, meaning that the process of curing different ailments in the human body by using different tools, treatments, and kriyas is known as Yogic Chikitsa or Yoga Therapy. Yogic science plays a symbolic role in the practice of yoga therapy. It includes the following resources of yoga to heal patients:

Yama Niyama

Limbs of Yoga


Yogic Cleansing


Yoga Posture


Yogic Breathing

Bandhas and Mudras

Energy Locks



What are the benefits of Yoga Therapy?


The health benefits of yoga therapy are above and beyond the scope of physical wellbeing. After a regular dedicated practice and determination, there is a lot that can be improved as well healed. While a lot is yet to be discovered regarding its therapeutic characteristics, the following are some of the scientifically proven health benefits of yoga therapy:

  • Yoga Therapy supports in promoting relaxation and reducing stress in the human body.
  • It helps in controlling and curing fatigue, depression, anxiety, and other such mental health issues that can obstruct quality of life.
  • Regular practice of yoga therapy may help in reducing inflammation. While normal inflammation is not so harmful, chronic inflammation can lead to several severe ailments such as heart diseases, cancer, as well as diabetes. Yoga is known to reduce inflammatory markers from the human body.
  • Yoga practitioners with years of expertise are known to have a lower blood pressure rate that prevents several heart conditions such as attacks and strokes which are common conditions caused due to high blood pressure.
  • Researchers have been proven that people who live a yogic life have better cholesterol levels. In fact, the progression of heart diseases in these patients are known to reduce as well.
  • Chronic pain conditions such as arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other bone and muscle injuries are known to have been treated by the regular guided practice of traditional yoga.
  • Pranayama which is known as yogic breathing exercise, improves better breathing control among humans. This, in turn, is well known to strengthen the vital capacity meaning that such people have very less chances of suffering from lung diseases, asthma, and other related conditions.
What does Yoga Therapy do?
  • Breath awareness, control and techniques.
  • Visualization and meditative approach.
  • Physical movements and postures ranging from mild to vigorous.
  • Particular practices that target areas of discomfort or cater to musculoskeletal disproportions

Additionally, we also offer you a chance to practice and learn several other forms of alternative therapies such as:

  • Ayurveda
  • Acupressure
  • Reiki treatments
  • Pranic healing (Prana treatment);
  • Mantra practices
  • Yagna practices or fire rituals