There is a growing body of evidence surrounding yoga therapy, revealing more populations that could benefit from the therapy. In contrast to yoga for exercise purposes, yoga therapy takes the practice into a therapeutic environment designed to help those with emotional or physical concerns.
So far evidence has suggested that yoga therapy could be helpful to the following groups of people:
Adults with cancer
The greatest amount of scientific research regarding yoga therapy revolves around the well-being of adults with cancer. One study found that women with cancer who took part in hatha yoga classes twice a week for 12 weeks reported less fatigue and more vitality. Interestingly this group was also found to have significantly lower immune system markers associated with inflammation.
Children with autism
There have been several innovative yoga programmes that have been designed for autistic children and…