Yoga Each Day

What is Physiyoga?


Physiyoga combines the practices of physiotherapy and yoga. The combination of these two practices results in a more holistic approach to health and well-being.


Physiotherapy is a widely-respected health care profession that uses evidence-based best practices to help clients restore and maintain optimum functional mobility. Its practitioners also provide education on health promotion and injury prevention. Physiotherapists must complete an accredited professional degree, pass the national Physiotherapy Competency Exam, and be registered with their provincial College. They must also provide yearly evidence of ongoing commitment to maintaining current standards of practice and complete annual competency assessments.


Yoga is an eastern holistic approach to well-being that originated thousands of years ago. While the yoga that most of us are familiar with today bears little resemblance to the yoga that began 3500 years ago in the Himalayas, one of the fundamental properties of yoga is its adaptability to meet the needs of contemporary cultures. The term yoga means "to unite", and the practice of yoga combines asanas (poses), pranayama (breathing techniques), and meditation to promote a balanced and healthy lifestyle. To become a registered yoga teacher with the Canadian Yoga Alliance, instructors must undergo a minimum of 200 hours of intense training in yoga practice and philosophy through an Alliance-recognized training school. They too, must provide evidence of continuing education in yoga instruction annually.

How Physiyoga Works

Physiyoga sessions are different from traditional physiotherapy sessions in that yoga poses are used as the primary source of treatment. The benefits of this are that yoga asanas are often more functional than exercises for isolated muscle groups, and they can be modified in a variety of ways to adapt them to meet the needs of most individuals. This means the client can optimally work the uninjured muscle groups while the therapist can adjust the part of the pose that involves the injured or target area. This allows for a better overall workout while protecting the injured area or increasing the workload of the targeted muscle groups.  Physiyoga sessions are also different from regular private yoga sessions in that they are delivered by a health care professional with extensive experience in dealing with different body types, injuries, and other physical limitations, as well as with athletes who want to improve their training techniques.  In either case, Physiyoga places the emphasis on client self-empowerment and self-healing, and as such give the client the opportunity to work on their progress in the comfort of home, while still having access to the yoga therapist for questions, clarifications, and motivation.  Clients are encouraged to take an active approach to their own health.

Physiyoga can be done through physiotherapy appointments, private therapeutic yoga sessions, or group classes.  Contact Jami to find out which option is best for you!



Some benefits of regular participation in Physiyoga include:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased muscular strength and endurance
  • Improved posture (which in turn can decrease pain and muscle fatigue)
  • Maintenance of joint health
  • Monitored rehabilitation of acute injuries
  • Increased circulation (which can help reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack)
  • Increased lymphatic drainage (which boosts the immune system)
  • Regulation of blood pressure
  • Maintenance of bone strength (helps prevent osteoporosis)
  • Decreased Cortisol levels (stress hormone) which facilitates greater relaxation