Occupational Therapy And Yoga – Things To Know

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Health care professionals are taking and promoting yoga classes for a healthy lifestyle. Occupational therapists are joining hands with health care professionals and incorporating yoga into their treatment modalities. Occupational therapists bring a unique element to yoga. They guide you to the deeper regions of yoga to achieve good health and well-being.

Now let us understand, what are some of the health benefits that yoga has to offer.

With the ever-rising popularity of yoga in the past few years, it has become necessary that we incorporate it within our day-to-day life. According to several studies, yoga is believed to lower stress, anxiety, fatigue, depression, and insomnia. It is also believed to decrease the risk for cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. Yoga claims to eliminate the side effects of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Some specialists also believe that yoga can help in the recovery of neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

Some of the yoga postures such as asanas or combining them with meditation can improve a person’s strength and flexibility. In some cases, the dosage of the painkillers may be reduced with continuous yoga practices.

Yoga and occupational therapy – Differences

Yoga and occupational therapy complement each other in the fundamentals. Yoga is a less vigorous form that activates the parasympathetic nervous system whereas occupational therapy works towards the functional independence of a person.

Qualifications Of Yoga Instructors And Occupational Therapists

You can become a registered yoga instructor after attending 200 hours of yoga classes. On the other hand, occupational therapists attend two to five years of education in Anatomy, Physiology, Biology, Spirituality, Neurobiology, Kinesiology, and Psychology.

If you want to practice as an occupational therapist then you must have a license from the state. Whereas, yoga instructors are not licensed by states. The best way is to look for a yoga instructor is to go through their educational background regarding yoga and interact with their previous customers.

Add Yoga To Occupational Therapy Practices

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We can add yoga practices into a traditional occupational therapy session. This can be done in hospitals, homes, outpatient clinics, schools, mental health settings, or where the occupational therapists work.

Adaptive yoga

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Adaptive yoga deals with the universal principles of yoga that are made accessible to all the students irrespective of their body type, age, or health condition. An occupational therapist may use objects such as blankets, bolsters, and chairs to modify the poses. An occupational therapist can make use of adaptive yoga in their occupational therapy session.


Occupational therapists engage individuals across their lifetime with occupational activities that would bring meaning to their life. It is a holistic approach to healing. Yoga and occupational therapy both promote health awareness.

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