From the first texts, Hatha Yoga’s goal has been the extension of life and getting rid of diseases.
Energy practices were aimed at improving health also. Thus, Amaraugha-Prabodha writes:
“Hatha yoga is what is used to structure pranas (energies) …
The body is made up of five elements and five chakras.
When the [element] of earth decreases, wrinkles appear in people. When the water decreases, the hair gradually turns gray, like dried grass. When the fire decreases, appetite disappears, when the wind dissipates, beauty disappears, trembling occurs, and effort is needed for life”.
Many Hatha Yoga texts point to health benefits as an effect of asana practice:
“śarīrāntargatāḥ sarve rogā vinaśyanti । viṣāṇi jīryante ।
Then [after asana], diseases that have entered the body disappear, poisons grow old.”
In the 20th century, hatha yoga became close to European medicine through the works of yogis – Swami Sivananda, Desikachar (Viniyoga of Yoga), Shri Yogendra, (Personal Hygiene of Yogi), Dhirendra Brahmachari (Yoga Sukshma Vyayama), Mohan A. G.. In their books, they noticed the correspondence of exercises for the body and breathing to the treatment of various diseases.
On the basis of these works, Yoga Therapy emerged as a section of Yoga that offers methods for the treatment of diseases and their prevention by means of Yoga.
The Ukrainian Federation of Yoga and the Ukrainian Institute of Yoga and Yoga Therapy continue and develop the traditions established by its pioneers.
We think that the approach to the selection of practices should be scientifically based, so we conduct research in the field of the influence of Yoga practices on the human body.
Taking into account the current trends in the development of the world and medicine, we continuously supplement our practice with new knowledge and methods. Which is entirely sign on the Spirit of Yoga.
▪️ People who want to deepen their knowledge of their body and the processes that take place in it; to learn the principles of correct composition of the Hatha Yoga complex, taking into account one’s own characteristics (genotype, psycho- somatic type etc.).
▪️ People with diseases who want to restore their health (taking into account contraindications) or maintain their health at its optimal level. Depending on the specifics of the disease, yoga therapy can be applied both in particular and in the structure of complex treatment programs.
▪️ People undergoing rehabilitation (within the structure of rehabilitation programs).
▪️ Yoga Therapy of the musculoskeletal system
▪️ Yoga Therapy of the cardiovascular system
▪️ Yoga Therapy of the gastrointestinal tract
▪️ Yoga Therapy of the respiratory system
Yoga therapy of the genitourinary system
▪️ Asanas and vinyasas
▪️ Joint gymnastics
▪️ Pranayamas (breathing exercises)
▪️ Mudras and Bandhas
▪️ Purifications of the body
▪️ Meditations (psychotechniques)
▪️ Yoga Therapy groups
▪️ Open lectures, master classes, seminars, workshops
▪️ Individual classes and consultations