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The Benefits of Yoga as Physical Therapy

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Penn State University student Hayley Ninnis puts her talents to excellent use in her varied business pursuits. Alongside her Etsy shop and house-flipping work, Hayley Ninnis is studying to become a Vinyasa yoga instructor. She has a particular interest in yoga as it applies to physical and emotional healing therapies.

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The Benefits of Yoga as Physical Therapy

  1. 1. Hayley Ninnis
  2. 2. Introduction  Penn State University student Hayley Ninnis puts her talents to excellent use in her varied business pursuits. Alongside her Etsy shop and house-flipping work, Hayley Ninnis is studying to become a Vinyasa yoga instructor. She has a particular interest in yoga as it applies to physical and emotional healing therapies. Vinyasa is similar to many Hatha yoga styles that flow fluidly from one pose to another, harmoniously with the breath. Vinyasa yoga can be performed slowly, which is suitable for beginners, or quickly, which is better for advanced classes. For many, this general style of flowing yoga works well as part of a physical therapy routine.
  3. 3. Yoga as Physical Therapy  In therapeutic applications, traditional yoga styles are generally modified for individual patients. Blocks, straps, and walls are utilized with modified poses, helping the practitioner move the patient's body in a beneficial way. Used carefully, these methods can help physical therapy patients build strength and increase flexibility and mobility, which are the core goals of physical therapy. Recent studies have confirmed the benefits of yoga as part of physical therapy for many patients. Individuals with challenges like Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis have shown significant progress after participating in therapeutic yoga programs.

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