Why do Yoga at Manual Works?

At Manual works, our yoga teachers specialize in therapeutic yoga practices.  With a focus on pain-free yoga, they are also experienced in rehab practices that ensure safety.  

Our yoga teachers know how your body works and are dedicated to helping you get back to your baseline level of movement.  As part of our rehabilitation team, they guide you in moving towards a healthier you.

What is therapeutic yoga?

At Manual Works, we offer the following yoga practices in private, semi-private, or small group sessions:

REHAB YOGA is perfect if you want to try yoga for the first time or are looking for a movement class that complements your current physiotherapy regime.  These sessions combine gentle yoga poses with breathing exercises, restorative postures, and dynamic movement to stretch and strengthen your body, reduce stress, calm the mind and work through any body imbalances.

YIN YOGA targets the connective tissues of the hips, pelvis and lower spine. It is a great complement to more dynamic and active forms of physical therapy.  Yin postures are held for 3-5 minutes so the body is able to open and release tension from deeper tissues.  Working with your body’s energy, Yin Yoga practice clears blockages in meridians, increases the flow of prana or Chi, improves the health of your organs and increases energy promoting your overall sense of well-being.

What are the benefits of yoga?

Science supports the possible benefits of yoga practices in the following ways:

  • Decreases stress
  • Relieves anxiety
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves heart health
  • Improves quality of life
  • Fights depression
  • Helps reduce chronic pain
  • Improves quality of sleep
  • Improves flexibility and balance
  • Helps improve breathing
  • Relieves migraines
  • Promotes healthy eating habits
  • Increases strength

How Can yoga at Manual Works help you?

At Manual Works, yoga can complement your rehabilitation program or support you if you experience any of the following:

  • You are recovering or healing from an injury
  • You have muscle imbalance or postural dysfunction
  • You would like to strengthen your core muscles
  • You want to improve your breathing
  • You want to learn self-control
  • You want to feel less stress
  • You want to be happy
  • You want to strengthen and improve the alignment of your spine and pelvis

How do I know which style of yoga is best for me?

Before your first yoga session, one of our teachers will sit with you and talk about your intentions for beginning yoga with us.  Based on your goals, our teacher will recommend the best style of yoga and focus your sessions at Manual Works accordingly.  They will also give you recommendations for stretches and movements that you can do at home.