There’s a new trend emerging in the world of psychotherapy, one that recognizes the deep connection between mind and body. As Time’s online magazine reports,“Psychotherapy has historically been an exercise of the mind, but in the offices of more and more modern-day mental-health providers, emotional healing is taking place not just on the couch but on the yoga mat” (April 24, 2009). This merging of psychotherapy and the yogic tradition is founded in the awareness that we store our emotional memories in our body. When bodily movements and stretches are combined with exploratory dialogue,a unique opportunity arises to access these emotional memories and gain new insight and perspective around them.
Many psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists, and social workers are bringing yoga into their clinical setting. A whole new field of yoga has also developed around this awareness; it’s called yoga therapy. A yoga therapist, while not a mental health provider, is trained in specific supportive posture and dialogue techniques that offer clients a safe, compassionate setting in which this mind-body connection can be explored. Conventional psychotherapy clients often discover introducing their body into the therapeutic process can offer new insights and powerful shifts. And those who might not have traditionally sought the support of a psychologist are finding yoga therapy to be just the right fit.
A yoga therapy session can bring awareness around unhealthy life patterns,unresolved emotional trauma, and self-defeating perspectives. It can be particularly empowering in times of big life transitions. Because it involves the body, yoga therapy can offer insight around chronic pain and places in our body that tend to carry tension and stress. It can explore acture, which is the way a person’s posture can be affected by the beliefs and perspectives they hold about themselves and the world in general.
No yoga experience is required to receive a yoga therapy session. The yoga therapist moves the client’s body into postures and then invites an exploration of what is happening for the client in that moment – physically, emotionally, and mentally. With a deep inward focus, these moments of exploration provide the opportunity to access levels of self-awareness seldom reached in daily life. A relaxing, enlightening, and empowering experience, yoga therapy can reduce stress, give clarity, enhance emotional stability, and improve physical well-being.
Hahn Chiropractic & Wellness Centers, P.C. has always sought to offer Bulverde and the surrounding hill country communities with select holistic options for alternative health and well-being. We are pleased to introduce the addition of yoga therapy to our office. If you would like more information regarding the benefits of yoga therapy or to setup a consultation, please call 830-980-2225.
This article appeared in School Life