“I want to unfold. I do not want to remain folded up anywhere, because wherever I am still folded, I am untrue” - R. M. Rilke
In contrast to Western psychotherapy, which aims to uncover the causes of suffering and to alleviate symptoms, yoga therapy involves very little processing. We work with whatever is arising without regard to its causes and we begin with the premise that we are already whole. Through consistent practice, we recover our sense of wholeness, balance and strength, qualities that are present within us, waiting to be reclaimed.
A central focus of our work will be on keeping the nervous system calm and balanced by consistently engaging the relaxation response of the parasympathetic nervous system in order to support the healing process. Yoga therapy incorporates both active and restorative yoga postures, breathing practices, guided imagery, meditation, mindfulness, movement, deep relaxation, and self-inquiry to support a range of emotional conditions that include anxiety, depression, chronic stress, trauma, grief and loss.
Yoga therapy can also be a powerful adjunct to psychotherapeutic work. Because the body houses our emotional intelligence, we need to engage the body to assimilate any insight that is revealed through the mind. Yoga works through the body to integrate and experience physically and emotionally what we intellectually know to be true.