Yoga therapy is a relatively new style of yoga, and the standards for schools continue to be defined. There is general information about the practice and available schools listed at the International Association of Yoga Therapists Web site www.iayt.org.
There are schools that offer programs ranging from 200-500 hour yoga therapy training programs. All training is registered through the National Yoga Alliance.
Therapeutic yoga focuses on working on the physical aspects of the body, either by stretching joints to work different body systems through curling, bending and twisting or massaging direrect glands to increase blood flow.
The emotional level consists of behavioral changes, healthy choices and how the body reacts to stress. Yoga therapy is a growing method of dealing with chronic back pain.
All yoga is therapeutic, but the difference lies in the teacher’s understanding of what goes with a particular ailment.