Many people think that yoga is just stretching, and while stretching is certainly involved, yoga is really about creating balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility. This is done through the performance of poses or postures, each of which has specific physical and health benefits. Yoga also involves simple breath awareness and techniques to help with keeping one focused on the movements, helping to prevent injury as well as to balance out one’s energy to either increase it, become more relaxed or both.
Yoga has been widely practiced for thousands of years for health and relaxation, and has evolved into many different types and styles.
It is a no-impact activity, so easy on the joints. Movements are slow and simple, so can be accommodated to those with coordination or cognitive challenges.
At Propel Physiotherapy, we believe that yoga is a valuable adjunct to any physiotherapy program. We also believe yoga is for everyone: people of all ages, physical abilities and fitness levels, when adapted by a knowledgeable teacher. Yoga postures, breath work and meditative movements have the potential to improve your health and well-being, assist in the healing of your injury, and prevent injury when prescribed by a qualified therapist. With a regular yoga practice with a qualified physiotherapist, one can:
- balance strength and flexibility
- improve postural alignment
- reduce stress
- decrease pain
- relieve tension
- promote recovery from strain or injury
- prevent injury and re-injury
- increase balance and stability
- increase stamina
- improve focus
- enhance mobility and agility
- lower blood pressure
- reduce anxiety
- increase sense of well-being
- boost energy
- heighten our mind and body awareness
- increase core strength
- improve breath control
- tone lean muscle
- compliment sports or work activities to balance out the body
- enhance relaxation
YOGA ETOBICOKE FAQS
What are your options for doing yoga at Propel?
This involves a comprehensive physiotherapy examination and the development of a yoga program that will address your specific goals, injury or rehabilitation needs.
Private one-on-one or semi-private yoga sessions
Enjoy the benefits of your yoga practice being observed and adapted along the way.
Group yoga classes
Your needs are accommodated within a group setting where you can reap the benefits of both yoga and the support and social atmosphere of others.
What is a yoga session like?
Usually, yoga starts with a basic awareness and meditation practice to start getting in tune with our bodies and mind and focus on what lies ahead. Then there are a series of postures, that complement each other and balance out the body, with specific ones chosen by the instructor to benefit the person or class. These can be done seated in a chair, wheelchair or on the floor, standing up with or without hand support, and lying on the floor or bed; made accessible to anyone and any environment. Breath awareness and control is encouraged throughout and sometimes practiced more specifically at the end of the yoga session. The final resting pose is the most important way to end the practice as it provides rest, relaxation and healing after the more physical work.
A yoga session could be anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes depending on one’s energy level, tolerance or goals of the practice.
When are yoga sessions currently offered?
Yoga classes are offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m.
How do you get started?
Simply call us at 416 621 2506 to book your yoga session or join a group class.
If you have any additional questions about yoga, please feel free to contact us directly to discuss them.