Do you suffer from an anxiety disorder?
Are you nervous or restless and want to relax but find it difficult to sit still?
Are you recovering from an illness or accident and want to strengthen your muscles as well as relax mentally?
Then Yoga Therapy could be just the thing for you. It is all about finding the source of a problem, not just treating symptoms.
Any type of yoga practice has a therapeutic effect on the mind and body. Therapeutic yoga differs from other styles of yoga in that only one person is treated and the exercises and techniques are individually tailored for that person. This creates a more profound effect than that of a group class, where the teacher cannot attend to each student individually.
While massages can relax us, but do not train muscles, physiotherapy only takes care of the body and psychotherapy only takes care of the mind, yoga therapy works with a holistic concept. Yoga considers body, mind and soul as one unity. For rapid healing and a healthy and happy existence, these three must be in harmony.
For many of us, this inner balance is not there and we suffer from illnesses, ailments, traumas and unhealthy lifestyles.
A physical and emotional imbalance often manifests itself in physical symptoms such as headaches, tension, weight problems or extreme tiredness. If such symptoms are ignored for a long time, they can lead to mental and physical illnesses that make our lives even more difficult. Yoga therapy is used here as a preventative measure, as it relaxes the body and mind and works on mental and physical flexibility.
But yoga therapy is not only used to prevent illness. When mental and physical illnesses affect our quality of life, therapeutic yoga can significantly improve it.
The therapy sessions include conversations as well as exercises and lessons in various relaxation techniques. I combine my many years of experience as a yoga teacher with elements of Gestalt therapy.
Gestalt therapy promotes personal change by supporting you to actively make new experiences with yourself and other people, learning new ways of experiencing and behaving in a lively way and overcoming existing difficulties. The holistic approach of yoga sees illnesses and life crises as the consequences of a false self. Those who do not live in harmony with themselves or have a soul that has been damaged by trauma very often live with such a false self, are unhappy and often ill. The aim of yoga is to harmonise mind, body and soul and to become aware of one's true self. This view is in line with the findings of modern psychology, which assumes that unconscious parts of who we are make up a far greater part of our being than our conscious parts. Increased self-awareness leads to greater attentiveness and mindfulness, which gives us a greater sense of well-being and a healthier body.
Yoga works first of all with the body. Through exercises and relaxation techniques, we become more aware of our body and its problems, we learn to relax, but also to work with the body to keep it healthy and flexible. Step by step, better contact with the body deepens our own sense of well-being.
We also become more aware of our emotions and unhealthy behaviours and work on positively influencing or changing them. In this way, yoga therapy aims to heal the body and the mind at the same time.
The older you get, the more important it is not to reduce physical activity, even if pain, fractures or illnesses limit the body. The gentle exercises of yoga therapy help to heal and keep the body healthy. That is why there is no age limit for therapeutic yoga. People of all ages can be treated according to their abilities.
However, the body often only shows symptoms of problems that actually lie in the mind or soul. This is why yoga therapy also includes conversations, counselling and lessons to help bring disturbing symptoms such as panic attacks, anxiety, insomnia or extreme tiredness under control. Yoga therapy is not psychotherapy, but attempts to bring body, mind and soul back into balance. With this inner balance, we can better withstand the adversities of life and live happier lives.
If you would like to book a therapy session with me, please contact me. The first consultation, in person or by video call, is entirely without commitment and costs nothing.
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