Yoga Therapy for You - Mindfulness based
Yoga Therapy recognises that the capacity to heal resides within each of us and that we all have the right to live full, meaningful lives.
During the therapy process I will guide you through practices for the body, emotions, breath and mind. Each therapy process is unique and will be developed especially for you.
We all have different physical, mental and even spiritual capabilities and capacities but each of us has insight, holding a key to our own healing. My role is to work with your objectives and facilitate a process through which you can access this key and unlock the door to the deep reservoir of wisdom and compassion that resides within you.
What is Yoga Therapy?
Yoga Therapy is unique in its approach to health problems because the emphasis is placed on a process of self-development, self-healing and growing self-awareness. Healing, distinct from curing, relates to becoming whole and to knowing ourselves fully.
We bring together Mindfulness, Ayurvedic diet and Lifestyle advice, many elements from yoga as well as touch therapy to treat you on every level.
All aspects of Yoga therapy hold different but mutually supporting roles for each other, so we have access to many techniques and exercises to work with your particular needs.
Mindfulness – The mind is presented in yoga as a wonderful tool in the healing process so the Yoga Therapy process follows the framework of Mindfulness.
Ayurveda Diet and lifestyle advice – In Ayurveda good digestion is the biggest key to good health. Diet choices which are appropriate for one person, however wholesome, may not be good for another, so we look at your constitution, presenting problems, the times of day you are eating and adjust things also according to the season.
Similarly our lifestyle choices affect us on every level. Ayurvedic medicine is based on the principle that each individual person has a unique constitution that is related to the energies within the body and that a balanced constitution is the best defense against illness. We will discuss your constitutional type and look at your daily routines, sleep, self-care and exercise as ways of maintaining health.
Yoga Asana (Posture work) – We work both from the outside in and the inside out. Both the body and mind harbour tension and knots, every mental knot has a corresponding physical, muscular knot and vice versa. The posture work not only strengthens, revitalises and stretches out the body to improve health but also activates and improves flow of our energy so improving the clarity of the mind.
Yoga Pranayama (Breathing exercises) – Prana (vital energy) is all around us and runs through us, infusing every cell within the body. It is closely related to the air we breathe so we may use Pranayama to deepen the breath, increase your capacity for breath or influence the flow of prana in the body.
Yoga Mudra – We may work with appropriate subtle physical movements which can alter mood, attitude and perception and which deepen awareness and concentration.
Yoga Mantra - Mantra is a word, phrase or positive affirmation that you repeat to yourself for a specific effect. One meaning of the word is “the sounds that protects you”. We may use a traditional mantra or develop your own mantra that you can come back to throughout your day despite what’s going on around you.
Meditation - Meditation is about focusing on what is relevant. Our attention can be narrow, as in observing our breath, or broad, as in noticing sensations in the body. When the mind is clearly focused on something we bring prana (vital energy) to it. We may use a specific meditation for you to cultivate this focus on something particular.
Marma Therapy – Marma points are energy centers that are the connection between the physical body and the subtle energetic body and are an important element of Ayurveda’s healing power. Stimulating or balancing these points directly taps into this reservoir of energy and promotes health.
The first session will involve an in-depth assessment so may take up to 90 minutes.
Each session after that will last approximately 1 hr.
The Session fee is £65
“If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher."
~ Pema Chödrön