Yoga is the art and science of living. Its deepest teachings are intended to be incorporated into daily life. The word Yoga is derived from ancient Sanskrit and means “union” or “oneness”. With Yoga, we aim to unify all aspects of ourselves, bringing our whole being into harmony.
Yoga Therapy uses specific yoga, breath and meditation practices to achieve targeted results of physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual well-being. It can be incorporated into Integrative Psychotherapy sessions or taken on its own. Yoga Therapy is at the forefront of body-mind-spirit healing, yet it’s teachings have been passed down by the sages through the ages.
Kundalini Yoga Therapy
While there are several yoga traditions utilized in Yoga Therapy sessions, for addressing mental/emotional issues specifically, the technology of Kundalini Yoga is powerful, profound, and rapidly healing. Kundalini Yoga uses codified combinations of physical movements/postures, breathing techniques, mantras, mudras, and meditations that work synergistically to activate the body’s own healing and self-regulatory systems to achieve targeted results. Kundalini Yoga elicits profound bio-physiological change, balancing and harmonizing all bodily and energetic systems, particularly respiratory, endocrine and nervous systems, which in turn, directly affect mind and mood.
Yoga Therapy using Kundalini Yoga can alleviate anxiety and depression, help you deal better with stress and conflict, lessen feelings of overwhelm, change your relationship with anger, fear, trauma, and grief, help work with addictions and childhood wounds, improve memory, sleep issues and self-esteem, to name just some of its healing benefits.
Kundalini Yoga Therapy has been used effectively (and some may say, miraculously) in creating prosperity, improving intuition, enhancing creativity, and cultivating feelings of well-being!
Time spent going within is truly a gift. Meditation helps calm the mind and quiet the ups and downs of hope and fear. It becomes a foundation to live our lives with greater equanimity, compassion, and the ability to be with what is. Meditation practice increases awareness, focus, creativity, and patience, making space for more reflective responses and thoughtful communication. Mindfulness meditation can be incorporated into talk therapy sessions or taken on its own. Included is guided instruction in meditation, breath-work, and visualization. An ongoing meditation practice will help you better navigate life’s challenges and develop a present-moment-centeredness that will enhance your experience of daily living.
All of our practitioners may include mindfulness and meditation in psychotherapy sessions if desired. Ricki Grater, LCSW, BC-DMT, C-IAYT offers/incorporates Yoga Therapy specifically, and Marnie Herlands, LCAT and Kris Rodriguez, LCAT may also incorporate yogic tools and techniques for relaxation, restoration and well-being.