REAL LIFE. REAL YOGA.™ considers yoga to be a complementary and alternative medical therapy and healing modality. Like many other ancient healing arts, a growing number of medical facilities are recommending yoga as a real way to treat and combat disease in the body.
Understanding how yoga fits within the social and legal paradigm of conventional medical care is becoming increasingly important as more and more individuals turn to the practice to improve their quality of life.
The philosophy of the REAL LIFE. REAL YOGA.™ integrative wellness program is simply to instruct individuals on how to integrate yoga into their every day health care regimen in a no-nonsense, easily applicable way.
In 2007, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) at the National Academy of Sciences released a report on complementary and alternative medicine. This report’s essential recommendation was this: “In determining what care to provide, the goal should be comprehensive care that uses the best scientific evidence that is available regarding benefits and harm, encourages a focus on healing, recognizes the importance of caring emphasizes the centrality INTEGRATIVE of relationship based care, encourages patients to share in decision making about therapeutic options, and promotes choices in care that can include complementary therapies where appropriate.”
Yoga has proven to be one of the most beneficial complementary therapies available for a plethora of physical, mental and emotional disorders, as well as a useful practice for maintaining good health. The ideal for integrative medicine is broad enough to include the full range of yoga philosophy, practice and experience, while still regarding critical knowledge from scientific domains.