Exercise therapy is frequently a keystone to treatment, and one of the original four pillars of the physiotherapy profession outlined in 1922, when the physiotherapy society was first granted a Royal Charter. Much has changed since that time, with various exercise types coming into and out of fashion. Yoga has been around for thousands of years, but over the last 10 years we have seen a rapid grown in yoga classes in the Western world with this type of exercise becoming the latest exercise fashion. In parallel with this growth has been an interest in the use of yoga as therapy, building yoga exercises into a structured rehabilitation programme. In this article we will look at this exercise form, and the evidence of its use in rehabilitation. We will also take a brief look at how yoga exercises are practised, and what modifications are required to bring this ancient exercise form into the fold of evidence-based practice.
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