Yoga is a combination of physical, mental, and spiritual practices of Indian origin.

Yoga is a discipline that has as its ultimate goal connecting body, mind, and spirit and finding a balance that helps us to live better, increase our awareness, and achieve and maintain a physical and emotional well-being.

A consistent practice, in fact, has benefits on our physical and mental health:

  • Balances metabolism
  • Strengthens and invigorates the muscles, improving balance, flexibility, and posture
  • Helps detoxing the body
  • Keeps the cardio-circulatory system healthy
  • Helps preventing back pain
  • Improves muscular strength and flexibility
  • Helps to relax
  • Reduces the levels of stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Builds self-confidence
  • Improves focus and concentration

At UPMC Institute for Health Chianciano Terme, we offer different Yoga courses.

Yin Yoga

It derives from Hatha Yoga, in which asanas (positions) are maintained for 2-5 minutes while relaxing. Dedicating time to each position allows to learn the asana, helping the mind to relax while stimulating the prana (vital energy), until reaching deep relaxation. Yin Yoga is

  • A slower practice, in which positions are maintained to allow the fascia and connective tissues to relax
  • No warm-up is required
  • Instead of stimulating the muscles, the connective tissues and fascia are stimulated
  • Asana sequences are extremely relaxing

Vinyasa Yoga

This is a generic name for styles that include dynamic sequences called vinyasa. Compared to the more pleasant hatha yoga, asanas are maintained for a shorter time, and the energy is focused on the flow from one posture to another, creating a dynamic movement. Pairing asanas with movement and breathing circulates blood around all the joints. The heat generated during the practice helps to eliminate impurities, expelled from the body through sweat.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga

This practice is designed for people who have or who have previously experienced a physical, relationship, and psychological trauma or suffer from anxiety disorders or depression. It promotes balance in mind and body using breathing and meditation. Sometimes a conventional therapy based on speaking, memory, and mental processing may encounter some obstacles. Integrating these therapies with movement, breathing, and awareness sessions helps to remove or move barriers in a safe context, so that they can then be treated with traditional therapy, making the path more effective.