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Yoga Practices

Creating a Daily Practice

Some people suggest that it takes 21 days for a habit to form, while others recommend that it's more like 66 days. Some argue that it takes longer.

Regardless of the exact number of days, I would argue that if something becomes a daily practice, then it's more likely to stick.

Especially when the benefits are profound.

One of the utmost important aspects of my clinical approach is helping clients create a daily ritual and sacred space to implement yoga-based practices.

Transforming the Mood

After a mood has been met with yoga practice(s), I ask clients a few questions including 1) how do you want your mind to feel by the end of session?, and 2) How do you want your body to feel by the end of session. 

For example, if I have a client who is exhausted with poor concentration, they might want an attentive mind and more energy.

So, we work from the exhausted mood toward an energized mood through intervening with evidence-based practices that transform the mood in this direction.

My Observation

Through my own practice, and through providing a yoga framework for my clients, I've become aware of how permissive and inviting this approach is, and sensitive to the needs of every client.

Clients are provided with easy-to-implement practices that can be carried with them into different environments, can be practiced sitting, standing, or on a yoga mat, and have the capacity to be conducted without disruption to others.

And what's more, many of these practices can be conducted in as little as 5 minutes.


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Yoga Practices

Yoga-based practices are evidence-based and are provided within my scope of practice as a Licensed Psychotherapist and Certified Yoga Practitioner, Level 2, with LifeForce Yoga.


Pranayama

(Breathing Practices)

The breath is an important piece and integrated component within each of these yoga practices.

When we intentionally control the breath through breathing practices, we can better manage our feeling states and mood by either energizing or slowing down our energy.


Asana

(Posture)

A posture or pose that is conducted with attention to the breath.

Like the other yoga practices, posture and movement work through first meeting the mood, and then transforming the mood through a series of poses that either heat or energize the body or calm and cool the body's system.


Mantra

(Sound)

Sound can be a powerful tool to quiet the mind.

Mantras can help solidify each yoga practice by turning our attention inward and can be used to either energize or calm the body's energy.


Bhavana

(visualization)

Bhavana is an image that has meaning and creates an attitude that brings us into connection with our expansive self.

This practice, through invitation, creates a sacred space for clients to identify their own image. Images are never provided to clients.


Sankalpa

(Intention)

San means "to become one with," and kalpa means "time" and "subconscious mind."

Setting a sankala at the beginning of a session, class or training brings clarity to the purpose of the work completed in session. The sankalpa is what holds and ties the session together.


Mudra

(Hand Gestures)

These hand positions influence the energies of the body and have a subtle effect on lifting, calming, or balancing one's mood.


Meditations

Chakra Clearing Meditation is offered to address the 7 main energy centers in the body and energy is carried from the lower chakras to the upper chakras. Two versions are offered including an energizing version and a calming version.

Yoga Nidra, as practiced here, is a form of deep meditative self-inquiry that relaxes the body. Yoga Nidra is a great tool that clears the mind and opens the mind and body to greater self-awareness.


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