Yoga Therapy

Yoga Therapy

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.


HOW DO WE WORK WITH YOGA THERAPY?

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.


YOGA THERAPY PRACTICES 

Here are a few examples of yoga therapy practices we may integrate into sessions. 

Alternate nostril breathing

  • Basically, this is when you place your fingers next to your nostrils and slowly close off one nostril while inhaling through the other. This technique can prevent your thoughts from wandering, and can also assist with emotional regulation as you focus on pacing your breathing.
  • The seated cat-cow pose
    • This pose works with you seated on a chair, your head tucked in towards your knees, while your therapist guides you to slowly breathe in, lift yourself towards the sky, and then breathe out, returning to your original pose. This technique is useful because it expands your chest, which will help you feel more open—physically and emotionally.
  • The seated twist pose
    • This pose works with you seated on a chair, and as you breathe in, you bring your arms towards the ceiling. Then, you breathe out, twisting your body to the right side. When you breathe in again, you bring your body back to the center, and repeat with the left side. This technique is a form of moving meditation, in which you pay attention to how your muscles contract and twist in order to perform the next movement. 


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. 


OUR THERAPY METHODS 

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. 


WANT TO TALK? SPEAK WITH A YOGA THERAPY EXPERT NOW

If you have any questions, contact one of our specialists for a free consultation any time.


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