Mindfulnessis the observational state of "being here now". It is based in the practice of accepting the state of the body, mind, emotions, and circumstances exactly as they are without judgment. Mindfulness practice provides a clear window through which one can observe their themselves and their experiences. It has been proven to reduce the inflammatory health biomarker, Interleukin-6, which has been linked to the development of disease.
Vedic/Yoga Psychology is much more than just the physical asanas mentioned above. Yoga in its essence is a biopsychospiritual practice that challenges the individual to move beyond the limited definitions of self to a broader understanding of the Self as part of an interconnected whole. Yogic psychology teaches that one's state of mental and physical wellness is related to one's karma (law of cause and effect), one's dharma (living one's truth) as well as one's understanding of the ego as a functional tool rather than the leader of the pack. These concepts along with many others guide my work with clients to a state of healing and restoration.
Psychotherapy is an amazing proven healing modality. People have reaped its benefits for decades as a means to verbally process and transform their suffering. My practice utilizes all of the benefits of talk therapy while bringing in the ancient wisdom of mind body practices such as asana, meditation, and pranayama.
Asana is the physical practice of yoga. It is what we picture when we think about yoga. Asana acts as bridge between the body, mind, and spirit. Most psychological maladies are a result of a disconnect between this trinity and is further aggravated by blockages in the more subtle energy centers of the body known as Chakras.
Meditation is the practice of bringing quiet awareness to our inner nature through observation of the breath, recitation of a mantra, or both. Mantras are ancient sounds and syllables or even English words used to focus and quiet our bust minds. Meditation has been proven to reduce stress, increase grey matter in the brain, improve memory, and bring about improved health and well-being.
Pranayama utilizes the breath to achieve inner balance and wellness. Pranayama practices can increase energy, reduce feelings of tension and stress, balance the mind, and cultivate relaxation.
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Holistic Integrated Psychotherapy is a unique and effective healing modality that weaves together western psychology with eastern mind/body practices such as yoga asana, pranayama, meditation, mindfulness, & Ayurveda