Yoga Therapy &
Mindfulness Meditation, also known as Yoga Therapy for emotional health, integrates neuroscience and physiology in experiential interventions to reduce overactive parasympathetic nervous system functioning.
Specifically useful for both adults and children suffering from stress, anxiety, depression, phobias, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, insomnia, eating disorders and many other symptoms.
Therapeutic yoga practices, like pranayama, chanting and gentle asana support healthy parasympathetic nervous system function, enabling us to transform negative thought processes and states of disease. Incorporating texts like “Buddha’s Brain” by Rick Hanson, PH.D, which supports the major teachings from the Yoga Sutras, while diagramming how the brain actually can be re-wired through mind-body practices.
Learning the science behind the practices, grounds clients and patients and gives an understanding of ‘how yoga actually works.’
The Brain and Stress
The brain tends to react to discomfort and disorientation in an automatic way, by triggering the physiological stress response and activating anxious neural chatter between the prefrontal cortex and the more emotional limbic system.
The physiological stress response means an increase in heart rate, breathing rate, muscle tension and elevation of cortisol and other stress hormones.
Therefore, yoga therapy and mindfulness meditation can physiologically change the learned stress response, offering a balanced neurobiological approach to traditional "talk therapy."
Once these practices are learned, then under any stressful circumstance the same calming techniques can be practiced: breathing deeply and slowly, relaxing your facial muscles, clearing your head of anxious thoughts, focusing on the present.
In fact, applying these techniques to real life is what yoga is all about. Yoga & Mindfulness are simply the process of paying attention to the present moment and calming the mind. Over time clients can learn to start to retrain their automatic stress reactions, and replace them with one more conducive to happiness and overall well-being.
As the focus of Yoga Therapy and Mindfulness is primarily for emotional well-being, there is less focus on the physical exercises of yoga in the psychotherapy session.
Yoga Therapy and Mindfulness can also be provided in the classroom for children aged pre-school through college.