The mind and body are profoundly interconnected.
That’s why healing interventions that incorporate both the mind and the body are so powerful and transformative.
Yoga is all the rage these days.
But beyond downward dog, and sun salutations, yoga is a set of beliefs, a manner of thinking, and a way of life.
Yoga isn’t just a way to increase physical strength and flexibility, it’s a valuable tool to create greater emotional resiliency, spiritual awareness, and inner peace.
That’s why yoga can be so powerful when it’s incorporated into therapy.
Through guided meditation and visualization, yoga poses, bodywork, and dialogue, our yoga therapists will help you achieve a better understanding of your experiences and emotions, helping guide you into greater peace, awareness, and freedom.
Exploring the connection between the emotional, physical, and spiritual self while in a state of relaxation can offer insight and healing into a variety of physical and mental conditions including chronic pain and stress, depression, emotional pain, anxiety, grief, and trauma.
While in our culture yoga is frequently thought of as a physical 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.
Yoga Therapy offers mental and physical tools to help you release your emotions, heal your trauma, and discover greater acceptance and equanimity.
Some of the tools we use in Yoga Therapy include breathwork, mantras or positive affirmations, moving the body to circulate stuck energy, being mindful and in the moment, and releasing self doubt, judgment, and comparison to others.
Yoga practice has a lot of overlap with many different therapy modalities.
Both focus on 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 to prevent future discomfort through practice.
Both traditional talk therapy and mental health practices, and the philosophy and physical practice of yoga have a wide range of mental and physical health benefits.
So, rather than offer them separately, our yoga therapists combine them into one treatment.
Whether you prefer separating your yoga sessions and your talk therapy sessions, or you prefer integrating them together into one session, we will customize our treatment approach based on your individual needs.
Our work is client-centered, positioning you as the “expert” in your own life, while we gently guide you into greater awareness of what you want.
Our goal is to help you gain greater clarity, develop deep inner awareness, and move in the direction of empowered action in your choices.
Our Yoga Therapists will also help you become more attuned to your own needs and inner experience while helping you develop greater intuition and self-trust.
At My LA Therapy, we approach psychotherapy from a mind-body-spirit perspective.
Whether you’re new to yoga or an experienced yogi—all are welcome.
As with other techniques, it’s important to conduct a preliminary assessment so that we can start to take steps toward positive change.
First, we’ll discuss any health problems that could interfere with yoga therapy and assess how physically capable you are overall.
Then we’ll unpack why you’re seeking therapy, so that we can create a clear path towards wellness.
After your treatment plan is mapped out, our sessions will focus on incorporating elements of yoga therapy, such as breathing exercises (known as Prayanama), physical yoga poses (known as Asana) that’ll target areas that need healing, meditation, and guided imagery to help facilitate and practice the experience of inner peace and tranquility
We’ll also provide you with practice “homework” assignments so that you can strengthen your newly-learned skills outside of session.
Here are a few examples of yoga therapy practices we may integrate into sessions.
Alternate nostril breathing
Integrating physical movements, breath, and emotion-focused work together can open up powerful, energetic channels and release a great deal of stored trauma and anxiety.
Therapy can successfully improve your life by minimizing the anxiety in your life, identifying and changing underlying thought and behavioral patterns that contribute to your struggles, and providing you with strategies to decrease discomfort while restoring an overall sense of peace.
Our evidence-based, scientifically proven interventions are demonstrated by research to be effective in addressing a wide range of psychological and mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and trauma.
Learn more about our empirically based therapy modalities by visiting our Methods page.
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