Yoga Therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress towards improved health and well being through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga.
Yoga Therapy views the person as a whole; an integrated being of mind, body and emotions and addresses all these aspects as appropriate, to promote healing and enhance wellness. Yoga Therapy is a self-care approach to health, guided and supported by a qualified Yoga Therapist.
In his book, 'Yoga As Medicine' the physician Timothy McCall M.D. describes Yoga Therapy as 'simply the most powerful system of overall health and well-being.' Yoga Therapy combines physical postures (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama) and mindfulness/meditation practices.
The benefits of Yoga and Mindfulness are becoming extremely well recognised and have long been used to promote healthy living.
But it is only recently that neuroscientific evidence has begun to show exactly how Yoga and Mindfulness can enhance our physical and emotional wellbeing and reduce our stress levels. Yoga Therapy recognises the relationship between stress and disease.
It can be used as a stand alone treatment or alongside counselling, psychotherapy and conventional medicine. Most talking therapies focus predominantly on the mind to the exclusion of the body. Yoga Therapy addresses both the physical and psychological aspects of wellness.
It can be helpful to alleviate the symptoms of a wide range of physical and psychological conditions including:
|Stress and Anxiety||Chronic Pain|
|Post Traumatic Stress Disorder||Pre-Menstrual Tension|
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Individual Yoga therapy sessions provide the greatest opportunity to enhance wellness and deepen personal awareness.
They are suitable for those who wish to address a specific issue such as back pain or anxiety, who cannot attend a regular Yoga class or for those who want to develop their existing practice further.
You will receive and experience a Yoga practice that is tailor made specifically for your own personal physical and psychological needs and you will be given a home practice to do in between sessions with support available if needed.
No previous experience of Yoga is necessary. If you feel that you could benefit from individual sessions from an experienced yoga practitioner and psychotherapist, please do get in touch so that we can discuss your requirements.
£55 for a 60 minute session.
For all bookings and [email protected] inquiries please contact or call 01273 326826
Although yoga is much more than a stress-reduction method, it is arguably one of the most comprehensive approaches for stress management. Conventional anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medications work on lowering the activity of the sympathetic nervous system, which can reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Whilst these drugs can be very helpful, they often have some unpleasant side effects or can leave us feeling a bit zoned out and lifeless. At present there is no prescribed medication that can boost the activity of the parasympathetic nervous system, responsible for the ‘relaxation response’.
Certain yoga practices lower the activity of the ‘fight flight response’ in the same way as medication does, but in addition they increase the activity of the ‘relaxation response’, so that we can consciously lower our stress levels, heart rate and blood pressure. The body is then able to engage in the restorative functions necessary to improve our immunity, digestion and sleep which enhances our emotional well being.
Other yoga practices energise us. Yoga can therefore help us to bring equilibrium to the entire nervous system, creating greater psychological resilience as well as improved physical and emotional health.
Combining mindful meditation practices with yoga can be highly beneficial especially for anxiety and depression. Through the practice, clients can first learn to tolerate their difficult emotions and then begin to observe, identify and step back from any unhelpful thought patterns that maintain their depression and/or anxiety. Meditation techniques are simple to learn and can be practised anywhere at any time. And the big advantage with yoga and meditation is that once the basics are learnt, you can develop your own self practice to do at home, supported by attending classes with a qualified teacher.