My inspiration for integrating Yoga and Psychotherapy comes from a daily Yoga practice that began when I was 19 years old. After years of practicing yoga my goal is to share with clients the balance, calm and abiding presence that has been taking root in my own life.
Besides my personal practice of yoga I had been teaching to the clients with various health and psychological issues after being certified as a yoga instructor and registered as a yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. In addition, my training in yoga continues each week and consists of studying with other experienced teachers who had been on the path of yoga for decades and share the light of their practice and teachings with me. I received my academic training at Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. My purpose in attending Adler was to integrate the obvious therapeutic benefits of Yoga within a framework of contemporary Psychotherapy. For the past several years, I have had the opportunity to examine a framework of Psychotherapy informed by the practices and principles of Yoga.
I feel that my mental health counselor education is a critical element in my ability to help clients cope with their feelings and transform the negative patterns of their minds into constructive ones by developing non-judgmental self-awareness.
Being in Life as you are in a Posture
While holding a yoga posture, I encourage my students to become increasingly more aware of the sensations in their bodies, the thoughts in their minds, and the emotions that they experience. As time passes and as awareness of the body develops, thoughts of resistance usually arise. Many students tend to think, for example, “This is too hard, I don’t like this and don’t want to do this, etc.” If the body is not in danger of physical harm, then what remains is the psychological resistance to certain sensations, sustained effort, or perhaps disappointment with the body’s limitations. The simple act of noticing these reactions allows for a more objective view of reality. That is, by observing the internal process of resistance without identifying with it, the practitioner can learn to detach from unhelpfully habitual reactions to adversity. Therefore, when a student can stay calm while sustaining a challenging posture, she or he can do so better when challenges arise in life.