Yoga for the Body, Mind & Soul

Your body keeps the score of whatever hurt and pain you have been through.  This means that what you have endured physically and emotionally is stored within your body.  This causes an entire host of problems to emerge.  These issues are often diagnosed as physical pain (fibromyalgia or unresolved pain), emotion pain (such as depression, anxiety and trauma) and a compromised immune system (often sick) and even addictions.  

By reducing perceived stress and anxiety, yoga appears to modulate stress response systems. This, in turn, decreases physiological arousal — for example, reducing the heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and easing respiration. There is also evidence that yoga practices help increase heart rate variability, an indicator of the body’s ability to respond to stress more flexibly.

But for many patients dealing with depression, anxiety, or stress, yoga may be a very appealing way to better manage symptoms. Indeed, the scientific study of yoga demonstrates that mental and physical health are not just closely allied, but are essentially equivalent. The evidence is growing that yoga practice is a relatively low-risk, high-yield approach to improving overall health.

 

 

 

 

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Therapeutic Yoga 

Yoga is a great addition to your life for a number of reasons. Yoga’s ability to work with the whole body, mind and spirit makes is very versatile when pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Therapeutic yoga can strengthen and stabilize connective tissue and muscle around bone(s) as well as help with posture and be an outlet for emotional stress, anxiety reduction and improved sleep.

Therapeutic yoga can also aid in specific issues such as:

  • Mental Health 
  • Addiction Recovery
  • Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis or lordosis
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain/tightness
  • Sacral or S.I. joint issues
  • M.S. or Parkinsons
  • Wheel chair or walker use
  • Fibromyalgia
  • And More!

 

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Viniyoga In Practice

Viniyoga is a form of Yoga Therapy and is based on over 500 years of science and normal developmental patterns of movement. Postures are modified to allow repetitive movement into and out of particular postures and holding postures for extended periods of time. Each movement is linked to the breath to create inner awareness and feel from the inside how the body responds to movement.

Most people are unaware of their postures and daily patterns of movement. The practice of Viniyoga brings greater awareness to the spine and breath, improving functional movement patterns and core stability. As we learn to listen to the body, transformation occurs which brings greater strength, balance, and flexibility.

The most noteworthy characteristic of Viniyoga is that the student is the most important piece of the puzzle, not the yoga. Unlike other traditions, Viniyoga becomes a set of individual tools one can turn to when they feel the need. In other traditions, a class is taught and poses are explained in great anatomical detail. The idea being that the practitioner will be able to take and hold each posture exactly or almost exactly as the posture has been explained. In Viniyoga, the posture is manipulated to fit the practitioner. Therefore, the posture serves the student rather that the other way around.

 

Hatha Yoga Practice

atha is a general category that includes most yoga styles. It is an old system that includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises), which help bring peace to the mind and body, preparing the body for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation.

Today, the term hatha is used in such a broad way that it is difficult to know what a particular hatha class will be like. In most cases, however, it will be relatively gentle, slow and great for beginners or students who prefer a more relaxed style where they hold poses longer. It can vary a lot, so it is a good idea to call the studio before attending the class.
 

Yoga Within Therapy

Yoga asanas (poses/postures) and pranayama (breathing) can be incorporated right into a therapy session.  Often times using yoga before and after a therapy session can help you regulate the nervous system almost immediately so you can carry on with your day.  This is often instrumental when working with EMDR or brainspotting.  Additionally individual yoga practices can be taught to assist in stress management, sleep and even addiction help.  

 

 

One-on-One Therapeutic Yoga Goals

The goals of one-on-one yoga sessions at Well-Being Yoga are physical and emotional nourishment and improved health. The combination of body, mind and breath exercises of Viniyoga provides:

  • Improved posture and balance
  • Increased body awareness
  • Improved concentration
  • Greater flexibility and better range of motion
  • Better overall health, energy and vitality
  • Lower levels of stress, anxiety and tension

In the tradition of Viniyoga each student is encouraged to adapt the practices of yoga to meet their own individual needs. We’ll discuss your needs, intentions and goals and work together to create a practice tailored just for you.