Yoga Therapy can serve as a complement to talk therapy and coaching, or as its own standalone healing approach. As research continues to show, trauma lives in the body. Working directly with the body is critical in shifting the trauma responses that arise there, many of which are not accessible or coherent to the thinking mind. Yoga Therapy can also address anxiety, depression, and other forms of nervous system, emotional, and cognitive distress.
My approach to yoga therapy involves a customizable combination of gentle asana—this is not an exercise regimen!—breathwork, meditation, mindfulness, mudra, and Yoga Nidra (sometimes called yogic sleep). Below is a brief glossary of the yogic terms used.
Yogic postures and movements. These are what most people think of when they think of yoga, but they are only a small portion of yoga practice and yoga therapy.
A practice of intentional breathing meant to activate or calm different parts of the nervous system.
A practice of cultivating stillness and equanimity without trying to suppress or change the thoughts and emotions that inevitably arise. Can be practiced walking, sitting, or lying down.
A practice of cultivating attention and awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and reactions.
A practice of creating different shapes and positions with the fingers and hands in order to activate or calm different parts of the nervous and polyvagal systems.
A guided relaxation practice in which one moves attention through various parts of the body or focuses on a visualization to activate and calm different parts of the nervous system. Yoga Nidra has been studied with veterans and other people experiencing PTSD and has been shown to significantly heal symptoms of posttraumatic stress.
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