“The Primary aim of yoga is to restore the mind to simplicity and peace, to free it from confusion and distress.” BKS Iyingar Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health, Eds. Ranjana Sengupta, Dapali Singh, Sheema Mookherjee, Prita Maitra
|What is Yoga Therapy?|
Yoga therapy is the use of yogic techniques to support people in their healing, whether physical or psychological. Yoga therapy can help those dealing with issues as diverse as physical injuries, insomnia, stress and trauma.
According to an article in World of Psychology, “yoga-therapy…allow(s) yoga to empower people while priming them to access their deepest emotions”
However, yoga therapy can also refer to using yoga as a physical therapy to overcome chronic stress, physical pain and misalignments.
Yoga therapy is, as of yet, an unregulated endeavor. Currently there is debate and discussion in the Yoga Therapy community as to regulation. For more see the International Association of Yoga Therapist’s website.
The type of yoga therapy I concentrate on is the more psychological manifestation. However, I have worked with many clients with physical issues and have been successful in meeting their needs.
The qualifications, strengths, experience and skills that support me in my practice are as follows:
I am a registered yoga instructor and have completed more than 300 hours of yoga training, including 60 hours of training in yoga for underserved populations with Satellite Yoga and 40 hours of intensive training in trauma sensitive yoga at ‘The Trauma Center’.
My undergraduate degree is liberal arts with a concentration in Human and Behavioral Sciences. I have a strong academic background in psychology, sociology, cultural studies and comparative religions.
I have earned a graduate level certificate in Organizational Management and Development. These studies concentrated on group processes, self as leader of change, leadership in multi-cultural environments, flat/horizontal organizations, chaos theory and the like. These studies inform my practice in that I am a strong believer in equality and my academic endeavors have helped me to discover how to create communities in which everyone is valued.
I am a survivor of multiple trauma’s. Thus I have access to insights and experiences that only ‘someone who has been there’ could have access too.
My meditation practice began over 20 years ago and began with Mindfulness, moved on to Mantra, Ton-Glen, Dzogchen (with Lama Surya Das, 2012), and Mantra and Shamatha (3 day retreat with Geshe Kunga in 2013), among others.
I was a volunteer legal advocate, Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) member, and yoga instructor at SPAN from October 2008 to June 2011. In addition I also served as a volunteer rape crisis hotline counselor with MESA.