Psychotherapy and yoga work together to address three major dis-eases. Coupled with psychotherapy to explore unconscious patterns, certain types of pranayama helps reduce anxiety. A number of asanas can strengthen a sense of grounding for trauma recovery. And some of both can work to minimize depressive and anxiety symptoms.
Yoga is not a substitute for medical treatment. Since yoga can be counterproductive to certain past and present physical conditions, I strongly advise consultation with your doctor prior to signing up for my style of therapy and workshops.
Pranayama are ancient breathing practices that should be learned from a qualified teacher. Each form of breath work passed down to us from the yogis--Nadi Sodhana, Kapalabati, Brastika, Brahmari, Sitali, Ujjayi--have specific results to both the physical and subtle bodies. Coupling these practices with Kumbhaka (i.e. breath retention) and Bandas (i.e. locks) increases effectiveness, if done correctly.
Asanas create mental space and balance. All too often Yoga is confused with exercise. Worse still, yoga is sometimes thought of as remembering to countless poses. But many Yogis did not use yoga to develop a six pack and only selected a handful of positions for the purpose of mastering the mind. When you master a yoga pose, you master the breath; when you master the pose and the breath, you master the mind.
Asato ma sadgamaya
Tamasoma jyotir gamaya
Om shanti shanti shantih
There is the physical body and then there is the subtle body. Western medicine has yet to delve into the ancient discovery of chakras that parallels some of the major physical glands, but the impact these specific points of energy have on the emotions, the mind, and, in some cases, the body is fascinating. The seven Chakras, not to mention the Bindu, can help loosen emotional blockages and create mental space and stability.
Using a six-month training with Dr. David Frowley, a ten-day silent meditation retreat in Sarneth, India with Christopher Titmuss, and a 200 Teacher Training Course (TTC) in Rishikesh, India that is accepted by Yoga Alliance, I intertwine gentle asanas (i.e yoga positions), pranayama (i.e. breath work), and prana (i.e. energy movement) with psychotherapy to bring healing to body, mind and spirit.