In Sanskrit, the word yoga has the meaning of union, fusion, merging.

Yoga is a philosophical system that originated in India thousands of years ago and is considered a path to self-discovery, a means of physical and spiritual fulfilment.

Outside India, yoga is associated with the practice of body postures, the so-called asanas.

Asanas are body postures that allow the energy to accumulate in the body and have numerous benefits: they keep the spine flexible, making it elastic, activate blood circulation, help relieve back pain, the legs become supple, the internal organs are toned, thus improving the health of the whole body. From a psychological point of view, it encourages care and self-esteem, giving mental peace of mind, eliminating stress, helping us rediscover the joy of living. Thus, we can also talk about therapeutic yoga.

Pranayama is a part of the therapeutic yoga practice and is the art of breathing in a conscious and controlled way.

Respiration is a set of functions that are responsible for the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide between the atmosphere and the human body’s cells. Respiratory centres located in the brain control lung breathing and no conscious action is required to breathe in and out. The rate and amplitude of breathing can, however, be controlled by willpower.

Breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on this earth is a proverb that urges us to want to prolong our lives in a way that is within our reach.

In the practice of mindful breathing it is said that when the breath is controlled thoughts become calm, emotions balanced, the mind clears. Pranayama has beneficial effects on the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.

Yogic meditation is continuously concentrating the mind on a single subject. Meditation is about trying to keep the mind calm.  This practice eliminates mental agitation, inner tensions, stress, depression, anxiety and brings a state of peace, calm and freedom to the soul of the practitioner.

Therapeutic yoga is among the most effective alternative therapies and has been recognised for its therapeutic and healing benefits for thousands of years.

Yoga harmonizes the mind, body and spirit, and with the help of physical, breathing, meditation and relaxation exercises, extraordinary effects are achieved in a number of conditions such as:

  • back or muscle pain
  • migraines
  • concussion
  • insomnia
  • osteoporosis
  • menstrual disorders
  • post-traumatic syndrome
  • stress and chronic fatigue
  • sinusitis
  • heart disease
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • asthma
  • arthritis


What therapeutic yoga consists of: depending on the nature of imbalances in the body and individual needs, under the supervision of the therapist, gentle physical exercises (over time, these help to correct the body’s posture and improve flexibility), breathing exercises (essential for oxygenating the brain and inducing well-being), relaxation and meditation are performed.

All this helps to improve mobility, relax the body and mind, regenerate and revitalise the body.

Contraindications: therapeutic yoga does not put a lot of strain on the body, but nevertheless some precautions should be taken into account, especially in the case of people who have undergone orthopaedic surgery or those with severe heart disorders.

Video overview of therapeutic yoga, presented by Dr. Cătălin Luca:


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