ABOUT YOGA THERAPY
In yoga therapy, you will be gently invited into the experience of the body where emotions live. Through guided meditation and visualization, yoga poses, bodywork, and dialogue, you will be assisted in better understanding these experiences and emotions. Exploring the connection between the emotional, physical, and spiritual selves while in a state of relaxation can offer insight and healing for chronic pain and stress, physical and emotional pain, anxiety, grief, and trauma.
While yoga is frequently thought of us as a physical practice, the movement and poses are only one aspect of the practice. The philosophy and principles of yoga, coupled with breathwork and shifting poses in the body, is what makes yoga a holistic form of healing, health, and wellness.
In talk therapy, we often suggest tools to regulate emotions that are actually quite similar to tools learned in a yoga class. These include breathing practices, use of mantras or positive affirmations, moving the body to circulate stuck energy, being mindful and present in the moment, releasing self doubt, judgment & comparison to others. The list of similarities could go on and on.
There are also a lot of parallels between yoga philosophy and mental health. They include connecting mind, body, & spirit, holding the intention to reduce suffering, honoring and accepting both contentment and discomfort, examining our habitual attitudes and behaviors as well as their consequences, and taking steps now to prevent future discomfort.
There are clearly benefits from both traditional talk therapy and mental health practices, and the philosophy and physical practice of yoga. So, rather than offer them separately, we can offer both within your treatment. Whether you prefer separating your yoga sessions and your talk therapy sessions, or you prefer integrating them together into one session, we will curate treatment based on your individual needs and interests. Our work is client-centered, positioning you as the “expert” in your life. Many of our therapists approach psychotherapy and treatment from a mind-body-spirit perspective. You can be new to yoga or an experienced yogi!