Yoga Therapy blends mind-body psychology with gentle movement and supported hatha yoga postures as a way of processing and releasing stress-induced tension and pain, processing the physical, emotional and mental imprints of trauma, anxiety, depression, illness, grief and sudden life changes.
Yoga Therapy is a holistic, client-directed, non-diagnostic treatment to traditional talk therapy that brings the intelligence of the body into treatment. The work is not meant to replace talk therapy or other modalities, but rather enhance them. The thought is our bodies are talking, but are we listening?
Overall decreased stress and an increased sense of ease in everyday life.
Freedom from depression and anxiety.
Improved relationships with yourself and others.
Increased awareness around self-limiting beliefs and behaviors that keep you stuck
For Trauma Survivors:
Increased inner awareness to triggers. Increased emotional
regulation and ability to “respond” rather than “react”.
Decreased hyper vigilance
Increased sense of resiliency and personal empowerment
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
What do I wear?
Wear comfortable clothes that you can easily move around and stretch in.
What should I bring?
The only thing you need is yourself. You may bring some water if you get thirsty and a notebook if you’d like to write about your experiences after the session.
What if I’m recovering from an injury? Will it hurt?
No, it will not hurt. Lyndsey will instruct you on how to move safely, recognizing and honoring your edges.
Do I need previous yoga experience?
What’s the difference between yoga therapy and seeing my psychotherapist?
Yoga Therapy brings the whole body into the picture, whereas psychotherapists operate in the head. Yoga therapy is not meant to replace any form of therapy but can be seen as an added healing modality. The work is done from the present moment, it’s anchoring in the now as the client explores the future or the past.
Why are most sessions practiced with eyes closed?
Closing your eyes helps you to turn inward and become more aware of your thoughts, emotions, images and life connections. Practicing with your eyes closed helps you to connect more intimately with your experience in order to find your own unique expression. It can help create an opportunity to embrace your own personal truths, avoiding comparison to others, or even to yourself.
“Experience is the highest authority. The touchstone of validity is my own experience. No other person’s ideas and none of my own ideas are as authoritative as my experience. It is to this experience that I must return again and again, to discover a closer approximation to truth as it is in the process of becoming me.” -Carl Rogers
(Founder of psychotherapy research and originator of non-directive, client-centered therapy)