Integrative Yoga Counseling
Integrative Yoga Counseling is a mind-body approach to wellness. Individual sessions integrate yoga techniques of mindfulness, body awareness, breathing exercises, simple movements, restorative poses,and guided relaxation, into talk therapy sessions. These practices allow the individual to increase insight and awareness for greater well being and healing.
Who can benefit from this approach? EVERYONE!
Counseling often gets it's own story and stigma attached to it. The truth is we all have times when we feel separate and disconnected. These feelings of separation can bring up feelings of unworthiness. According to Buddhist and Yoga principles, this illusion of separtion is part of our human condition. It is known as the trance of unworthiness.
" Although the trance of feeling separate and unworthy is an inherent part of our conditioning as humans, so too is our capacity to awaken. We free ourselves from this trance as we stop the war against ourselves and, instead, learn to relate to our lives wih a wise and compassionate heart." Tara Brach, Buddhist Psychologist
Integrative yoga counseling is designed to cultivate a way to live with a "wise and compassionate heart".
The stories we hold about ourselves, of who we should be, can keep us locked in our trance of unworthiness. They create the belief "something is wrong with me" and view life as a problem to solve. Integrative yoga counseling holds the philosophy that goodness is our essential nature and there is never anything inherently wrong with us. We have covered up that nature with false beliefs. It is as if we have amnesia of the soul. We simply need to reveal our true Self and learn to live from that place. Integrative Yoga Counseling provides the tools to practice living in this way.
"Darkness has a hunger that's insatiable, and lightness has a call that's hard to here", the Indigo Girls
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."