Therapeutic Yoga

Prescriptive - Remedial - Rehabilitation

Health and Wellness through Therapeutic Yoga, Meditation & Massage

Therapeutic Yoga bringing Balance to Body, Mind & Spirit

Small group classes, or private one-on-one therapy sessions

Integrating Restorative Yoga and Yoga Therapy techniques, this practice is especially suited to people suffering injury or illness, loss or limited range of movement or flexibility challenges. It can be practiced through gentle floor (mat), standing and/or chair-adapted routines. It is adapted and modified to suit every individual, designed by Sri Shanthi Bhavana to suit each client's needs and delivered as therapy: Prescriptive Remedial Therapeutic Yoga – for Recovery and Rehabilitation.

Highly recommended!… Your Restorative practices are very good. Congratulations on all you are doing… Keep up the great work, Shanthi!                                                                                                            – Dr. Larry Payne – Director & Co-Founder, Yoga Therapy Rx Program at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles; Founder, Yoga Program – UCLA Medical School;  Co-Founder, the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

What is Prescriptive Remedial Therapeutic Yoga?

Prescriptive Remedial Therapeutic Yoga: Restorative Yoga postures and techniques and Yoga Therapy techniques intended to correct or improve deficiency, imbalance and dis-ease in the body, mind or spiritual connection – to utilize universal energy to maintain health and wellness, or nurture, cure or correct something that is out-of-place. 

Therapeutic Yoga (Yoga Cikitsa)                                                              In ancient Sanskrit language, Yoga Cikitsa means:                            “medical or healing Yoga”.

Therapeutic Yoga usually implies that a practitioner is working with a client one-on-one because they have a malady or special situation making it not possible for them to participate in a group class.

The most common problems treated by Yoga Therapists are musculoskeletal such as lower back, neck, hips, or shoulder problems; as well as heart disease, MS, chronic fatigue syndrome, asthma, hypertension, diabetes, and numerous other physiological maladies. Yoga Therapy is also effective for many psychological and spiritual disorders.

A Yoga Therapist is limited to rehabilitation or chronic pain, not acute pain. They do not diagnose a client’s condition, but work with a medical physician to give rehabilitative treatment in accordance with the medical advice received. In this way, a Yoga Therapist works collaboratively with medical practitioners, offering complementary treatment in support of the doctor’s diagnosis and advice.

 Sri Shanthi Bhavana is a fully certified Yoga and Meditation Teacher and Massage Therapist with the International Institute for Complementary Therapists (IICT) and a registered Yoga Teacher with the AURA Wellness Center, Massachusetts, USA.

He specializes in Therapeutic and Restorative Yoga, that focuses on a person’s whole being:  their physical condition and repatriation, emotional and spiritual healing, and overall rejuvenation of vitality, as well as assisting people suffering with injuries or medical conditions towards renewed health and well-being.

All Sri Shanthi Bhavana’s work is grounded in the traditional Yoga healing philosophy of Vini Yoga:  “to give the Yoga that is most appropriate to each individual, with respect for their age, fitness level and injuries/medical conditions”. It is always about the individual!

Some of the Many Benefits of Regular Yoga

                        *  Stress Reduction

                        *  Improved Flexibility

                        *  Increased Range-of-Motion (ROM)

                        *  Improved Circulation

                        *  Improved Muscle Tone & Strength

                        *  Improved Balance

                        *  Increased Vitality & Overall Sense of Well-Being

                        *  Improved Sleep & Relaxation

                        *  Reduced High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

                        *  Stimulates detox of the body – delays Ageing

                        *  Reduces Moods/Reduces Anxiety & Depression

Prescriptive Remedial Therapeutic Yoga is Rehabilitation for bodies and minds – it is Preventative health maintenance – Extremely beneficial for people suffering or recovering from illness, injuries, chronic conditions or with specific needs, including low energy, loss of confidence, low esteem, and limited flexibility and range of movement.  

Therapeutic Yoga involves physical postures, breathing practices, relaxation techniques and meditation to help restore body and mind – bringing balance and promoting natural healing. 

Therapeutic Yoga can usually be practiced in conjunction with medical treatment provided you have consulted your medical practitioner before starting a class. Many of our clients are referred by doctors, medical specialists, chiropractors, physiotherapists and other medical and health practitioners, for Remedial Yoga therapy.

Prescriptive Remedial Therapeutic Yoga is a personal Yoga program designed for each individual and given as prescribed therapy; to assist a person with medical conditions or injuries; to bring healing and relief from pain, discomfort and misalignment; to help manage stress; and to deliver wellness and vitality!

It is designed to awaken energy reserves in the body, by unlocking blockages and move vital energy to every vital organ and all tissue, and bring about health and wellness through movement, breath techniques and relaxation of body and mind. This combination of correct movement (stretching and releasing), breath/energy control (Pranayama) and Relaxation (focused Meditative Awareness) is called Yoga, and when applied as a prescriptive therapy it continues the ancient tradition of Yoga and Ayurveda that has been used by hundreds of millions of people for more than 5,000 years. It can be practiced on a yoga mat, or sitting in a chair, standing, or lying on a bed!

What's the Procedure?

Therapy begins with a private consultation to assess a person’s health and level of fitness, including the layers of energy levels:

 Physical – Skeletal system (bones, tendons, ligaments, connective tissue, muscles)

 Physiological – Vital Organ system (Heart, Lungs, Liver, Kidneys, Adrenals, Endocrine, Intestines)

 Psychological – Mental and Emotional

 Spiritual – our connection to the universe and higher consciousness

 During this session, Shanthi Bhavana evaluates your case history and current signs and symptoms, and then designs a yoga practice that delivers an individualised, prescriptive set of yoga postures and breathing exercises, delivered as yoga therapy, and taught in a series of regular one-on-one personal sessions (and sometimes in small group classes called, Restorative Clinic). This is often done in consultation and collaboration with your medical practitioner (GP, specialist, chiropractor or physiotherapist). 

During private 1:1 therapy sessions, Relaxation Massage Therapy is also offered. These sessions can be focused on specific physical areas of the body, or Whole Body Massage, including Face, Stomach and Neck and Head.

Medical and health practitioners often refer clients to Shanthi Bhavana for Prescriptive Remedial Therapeutic Yoga.

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Prescriptive Remedial Therapeutic Yoga delivers all the major and minor benefits that regular Yoga offers – only given with focused attention in private sessions, or small group sessions, enabling the individual to apply and gain the therapeutic benefits quicker. These benefits include:

  Injury or illness recovery

  Awareness & Perception of movement and spatial orientation 

  Eye/Brain/Limb Co-ordination

  Strengthening and conditioning – muscles & connective tissue

  Assisting with the Correction of motor patterns

  Correct Breathing techniques – enhance Breath Capacity

  Endurance and Stamina building

  Core Strength and Stabilisation

•  Improve Flexibility & Range of Motion (Movement)

•  Physical Rehabilitation – Strength, Movement, Balance

  Stress Relief - Relaxation & Meditation techniques

  Manage Stress, Anxiety, Hypertension, Depression

  Detox the Endocrine and Digestive systems

  Strengthen Immune system

  Strengthen & Align Skeletal body (Back, Neck, Hips, Shoulders,  Limbs)

  Strengthen Respiratory system

  Build Core strength

  Unlock energy blockages in the Subtle Anatomy (Chakra system)

  Live a long healthful life of wellness and vitality!                                                                                                                                                                                  

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Highly recommended!… Congratulations on all you are doing…      Keep up the great work, Shanthi!                                                                  Dr. Larry Payne – Director & Co-Founder, Yoga Therapy Rx Program at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles; Co-Founder, world’s first Yoga Therapy Clinic,       Los Angeles, with Dr. Leroy R. Perry of the world-famous International Sportsmedicine Institute, Los Angeles; Founder, Yoga Program – UCLA Medical School; Co-Founder,   International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT)

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Dear Shanthi,                                                                                             Your work is perfect!  You watch your students, you care about them, and help them at every turn. Your class is very safe and your guidance gives them the full experience. It is gratifying to see you teach a class.  Dr. Paul Jerard, E-RYT 500 – Director of Yoga Teacher Training, AURA Wellness Center, Massachusetts. USA

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I would like to see you again and talk soon about yoga for me. I have often referred people to you. I think you are the best yoga teacher I have ever been to Shanthi. I am more than happy to continue to promote yourself & Yuan.                                                                              Jacqueline Bartlett – Kinesiologist, Absolute Health Kinesiology, Rockingham & Mandurah, WA

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Hi Shanthi,                                                                                                        I wanted to thank you for everything you have done for me (Yoga Therapy), for being so supportive and encouraging. These past months have been some of the darkest, most challenging I have ever faced and I am beyond grateful for the feeling of empowerment and support I received while working with you.                                                                  Tegan Faber – Busselton, WA

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I'm so happy, blessed and humbled... What a learning and all is for my greatest and best good… Sri Shanthi Bhavana coming into my life to hold the space and support my new journey of reconnection and communion with my physical being and for being so god-damned authentic, just when I needed authenticity in my life...                           you are a true visionary.                                                                                 Leah Fewster – Shoalwater, WA

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Sri Shanthi Bhavana is a great yoga instructor. If you’re thinking of yoga, go to the right person who has spent years studying & learning from the best in the world.  I know of girlfriends who have gone to the gym and do Pilates, then suffered with neck & huge headaches.   Please try going to see Shanthi. He is very passionate and knows what he is doing. Thank you Shanthi, you have helped me so much.                Debbie Cain – Therapeutic Yoga class, Westerly Family Centre, Cooloongup, WA

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