Psychotherapeutic Yoga   

Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of Yoga.

- International Association of Yoga Therapists’  

Rather than focusing on yoga methods and practices,
yoga therapists fundamentally focus on their clients’ needs.
           

   || The Distinction Between a Yoga Class and a Yoga Therapy Session

 

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Our Breathing changes ...

                                ...in response to the physical, emotional,  psychological

and spiritual situations we find ourself in. For  example,  we may often hold

our breath when we are  distressed and breathe  more fully when we are

relaxed and  flowing with the moment .


Although this  example may seem obvious and self-evident, it is surprising how often

we  lose sight and awareness of these experiences. Breathing patterns can  become

fixed,  habitual and unable to change with these  new (or all too familiar and

unwanted) situations.   

Self-awareness and exploration of our breath provides a personal, safe,

effective base from which to  access, express, release and re-integrate

different aspects of ourselves.n unconscious, distorted or alienated parts of

Aspects that are calling for attention through physical and/or emotional

illness, pain or tension.  Breath work supports and facilitates release of

tension and recovery, expression, processing and re-integration of memories,

habitual thought patterns, beliefs and behaviours.

The fact that breath has no form is one of the reasons breath awareness is an

extremely  effective  way of bringing space into your life, of generating

consciousness. It is an excellent meditation object  precisely because it is not an

object, has no shape or form. 

- Eckhart Tolle                  

                                               

 I remember playing  as a child - experimenting with contorting my  body in as many different shapes and configurations as I could imagine; it brought me a wonderful sense of fun, excitement and joy. I have also always greatly appreciated stillness, quite, and introspection. This physical playfulness and meditative appreciation , along with yoga’s endless potential to improve the quality of one’s life, is what keeps me  engaged in my practice and therapeutic work.

I have practiced yoga most of my adult life with many different teachers. This has givenme personal and practical experiences with Anusara, Ashtanga, Hatha, Hot, Iyengar, Kundalini and Sivananda approaches to yoga. My professional training is in the Vanda Scaravelli inspired, 750 hour EstherMyers YTT program and associated retreats and workshops.

My professional Therapeutic-Yoga Practice, and teaching style/approach, is client/student-centred, inclusive, mindful and meditative, non-judgmental, self-inquiry and process oriented. It’s about  relationships; with ourselves, with others and with our shared environment and universe.

My career and work experience includes the past 17 years as a psychotherapist and psychotherapeutic body-mind worker (Psychotherapeutic Postural Integration Master Practitioner). I volunteer teaching yoga in the Mood and Anxiety program at The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

 

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