SOMATIC YOGA THERAPY
What is Somatic Yoga Therapy?
Somatic Yoga Therapy is rooted in traditional Yoga from India, which takes into account that we are multi-dimensional beings – physical, physiological, mental, emotional and spiritual. Yoga therapy is fundamentally about reducing suffering. As a yoga therapist, I use the tools of breath, awareness, relaxation, yoga postures and movement, sound, visualization and meditation to help people transform habits and patterns that are not serving them and move towards more healthful ways of being. From the yoga perspective, healing is a natural process and yoga is a way of removing obstructions to that process.
Yoga Therapy is self-care. Yoga Therapists teach people self-care, guiding them to deepen self-awareness and to integrate the body, breath and mind. We give tools and practices for them to bring home and do. We don’t do ‘to’ them -- they do for themselves. Yoga Therapy is primarily for people who recognize their role or responsibility in their condition and have some willingness and a bit of energy to do it, they may not have the skill or knowledge, but they are wanting to do something to effect change in their own condition. The power of yoga is in the practicing of it.
One of the phrases I like that relates to yoga therapy, is that we ‘treat the person, not the disease or condition’. Rather than offering a diagnosis and treatment for a specific condition, the yoga therapist creates a safe learning environment where the student can discover their own innate healing resources. The focus is on the multidimensionality of the whole human being. With yoga therapy we do not work with acute situations, we refer them out to a chiropractor, neurologist, etc. and often we work in conjunction with other healthcare practitioners to support the healing process.
• Yoga therapy is self-care
• It is a process of self-empowerment
• It is holistic model in which all dimensions of the human system are interconnected (the ultimate integrative medicine model)
• Health is considered a state of integration
• Uses a person’s body, breath and mind to bring about balance and harmony of the system
• Yoga looks at each of us as a unique individual not a one size fits all
• Every healing process is unique to each individual
Private Sessions are an opportunity to develop a balanced yoga practice tailored to your own individual needs. Sessions may include yoga postures, breathing practices, meditation instructions, visualizations, and guided self-reflection, depending on your interests and needs. Each session is accompanied by a written practice that you can take home.