This article provides an introductory outline of the theoretical foundations for the therapeutic application of Yoga. Over the course of its several thousand year history,Yoga has evolved and refined highly effective models and tools for healing and health, many of which are discussed in the article. These models and tools are interconnected and interdependent, each one supporting the other while at the same time addressing specific aspects of the whole human system.
The article also emphasizes Yoga's holistic view of the student/patient. Yoga addresses every aspect of the human system, including the body, the mind, emotions,breathing patterns, relationships, etc. The article shows how Yoga's particular methodology enables the educated and skilled Yoga teacher to design practices tailored to respect the individuality of each person and situation.