Yoga: An Alternative to Therapy?

By: Samantha Santo


Yoga, it helps clear the mind, rid the body of stress, lower blood pressure, and ease anxiety.  Is there anything yoga can’t treat?  There seems to be this misconception that yoga can cure everything, but this is misleading and obviously a great exaggeration.

Yoga can relieve tension and stress in the body.  It is also very good for flexibility and meditation.  Yoga may even reduce feelings of depression or anxiety for a day or two, but be careful of claims that it can cure these conditions.

Yoga is not a substitute for psychotherapy.  Therapy addresses mental health issues including anxiety, depression, OCD, ADHD and others.  Mental health professionals are trained specifically in mental health.  According to Webster’s Dictionary, yoga is, “A system of exercises for attaining bodily or mental control and well-being.”  Psychotherapy with a licensed professional, with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), psychodynamically oriented psychotherapy or mindfulness strives to help individuals change their dysfunctional thoughts, behaviors and relationship patterns.

So enjoy yoga and the benefits it brings.  However, if you have depression or anxiety, which has lasted for over two weeks, and you are in Bergen County, New Jersey call 201-368-3700 to make an appointment with  a highly qualified licensed  therapist, counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist.

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