What is Yoga Therapy?

As clinical director of the Rachman Clinic, Dr. Brad Rachman provides naturopathic family care to Black Mountain and the greater community in Asheville, North Carolina. Brad Rachman is also a co-founder, along with his wife Martia, of Black Mountain Yoga, just outside of Asheville, where he oversees curriculum development and performs yoga therapy. Yoga therapy is a therapeutic treatment that combines traditional yoga practices with principles of modern medicine. In yoga therapy, yoga poses and stretches are undertaken under the supervision of a highly trained, skilled yoga therapist for the purpose of treating conditions specific to each individual.

Yoga therapists assess the totality of each patient- mind, body and spirit. They pinpoint areas of discord and carefully design a program of both passive and active yoga poses matched to each client’s health needs. Over time, yoga therapy can also contribute to emotional and spiritual health. People seek yoga therapy for a variety of ailments, including physical pain, chronic conditions, and stress/emotional discord. Yoga therapy complements other medical treatments as well. Scientific research and individual experiences both provide evidence of the effectiveness of yoga therapy in reducing pain and improving overall health. At Black Mountain Yoga, yoga therapy sessions are carried out one-on-one and are tailored to each client’s unique needs. For more information, visit www.blackmountainyoga.com.

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The Myriad Benefits of Practicing Yoga Regularly

Dr. Brad Rachman, the clinical director of Rachman Clinic of Black Mountain, North Carolina, co-founded Black Mountain Yoga. Through this studio, Dr. Brad Rachman provides a restorative yoga program.
More individuals than ever before are turning to yoga as a method for improving their overall health. Yoga combines physical and mental discipline to relax both the body and mind. Several different styles of yoga exist, but they all combine various poses, or postures, with breathing exercises to reduce stress. Several studies have demonstrated yoga’s ability to enhance mood and sense of well-being while reducing anxiety. An excess of stress can lead to several different medical conditions, making yoga an important aspect of achieving optimal health for many individuals.
In addition to stress reduction, yoga effects greater balance and flexibility while improving one’s strength as well as range of motion. These attributes reduce risk of physical injury during not only other exercise routines but also daily activities. Many people have also turned to yoga to manage their risk for chronic diseases. Researchers have linked yoga to reduced risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. Yoga may also help individuals struggling with depression, chronic pain, and insomnia.

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Brad Rachman: About Naturopathy

As clinical director of the Rachman Clinic in Black Mountain, North Carolina, Brad Rachman provides naturopathic care to patients across his own community and in nearby Asheville. Naturopathy, also called naturopathic medicine, is a holistic form of care that emphasizes the restorative powers of nature and the body’s ability to self-heal. By extension, the practice maintains a strong focus on “first do no harm,” a vow that all doctors make when taking the Hippocratic Oath. Naturopathic physicians believe that this means treating a patient with minimal invasiveness, avoiding side effects when possible, and treating the cause rather than the symptoms. In fact, practitioners of this discipline prefer not to suppress symptoms that are believed to be essential to the healing process. A wellness-focused discipline, naturopathy stresses helping patients prevent disease and achieve long-term continuing health. It follows the guiding principle of “doctor as teacher,” and as such, it includes a significant patient education and patient participation components. Visitors to a naturopathic practitioner are commonly asked to make changes to their eating, sleeping, and exercise habits. In addition, because naturopathy is a holistic practice, patients are often advised to make emotional, spiritual, social, and mental adjustments as well as physical ones.

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Brad Rachman: Weekend Indulgence in Asheville

A naturopathic physician, Brad Rachman serves as clinical director of the Rachman Clinic in Black Mountain, North Carolina, just outside of Asheville. He also stands out in the community as the cofounder of Black Mountain Yoga, where he and his wife, Martia Rachman, offer one-on-one therapeutic yoga sessions.
Known as an epicenter of the arts and natural living, Asheville offers a variety of pleasures to make a weekend truly special. Many of these earned feature in a recent New York Times article titled “36 Hours in Asheville, NC.” The article led readers through a weekend full of options that range from a Friday night drum circle in Pritchard Park to a tour of the city’s microbreweries.
The article also sent readers to Black Mountain Yoga, where the Rachmans lead students through a personalized yoga session ideal for a Saturday morning. Also recommended for a cultural Saturday were the studios in the River Arts District, an indulgent few hours at the Battery Park Book Exchange, and a tour of the city’s local culinary treasures. Visitors were urged to follow a busy Saturday in town by enjoying the scenery outside of town with an exciting zipline tour.

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