Yoga therapy offers many tools for people who don’t have a particular health problem. In fact, yoga practices were originally developed not to cure disease, but to help people reach their highest human potential.

Today, yogic practices–including physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation techniques—can help us transform all kinds of suffering. Many people seek yoga therapy as a way of helping them manage or decrease stress.

Yoga therapy can also support people who want to change habits of addiction or other unhealthy behaviors, improve their mood and ability to concentrate, and get better sleep.

Many of us could use extra support with natural life processes like pregnancy and the postpartum period, or with healthy aging. Yoga practices may help shorten labor and delivery times, and yoga therapy specifically has been shown to be beneficial for osteoporosis. It may even help with balance and fall prevention.