Yoga therapy is an aspect of health maintenance and, as such, not a substitute and is not at any time to be considered a replacement for medical intervention on any level.
While yoga therapy can provide patients with several ways to help manage responses to stress and anxiety that oftentimes accompany receiving a diagnosis, experiencing the processes of treatment and recovery and the post-operative aspects of adaptation to lifestyle changes, yoga therapy does not, and cannot, replace medical intervention, advice or treatment.
In addition, yoga therapy cannot, at any time, override aspects of medical care and oversight.
Yoga therapy can, at best, be considered an adjunct to medical treatments. While yoga therapy can help a patient manage symptoms of pain and discomfort both physically and emotionally, patients and their medical team determine the approach, significance and effects of yoga therapy.
All aspects of yoga therapy are to be fully and transparently discussed, disclosed, approved through empirical evidence and followed by the medical team prior to clinical applications.
The benefit of seeing a trained yoga therapist who is cognizant of the scope of practice and boundaries is central to maintaining safe, responsible and effective patient centered healing environments.