What is Yoga Therapy ?
Yoga therapy is an aspect of the ancient tradition of yoga which adapts yoga practice to the individual for healing purposes. Yoga therapy uses practices such as postures, breathing, meditation, ritual, the texts of yoga, and sound, to integrate body, mind and spirit, as well as heal injury, illness and emotional imbalance. Yoga therapy is also preventative, helping to maintain an optimum state of health for life.
Is Yoga Therapy for me?
Often the pain we experience in our bodies and minds has roots in habitual reactions to stress and circumstances. Our nervous systems tend to react in predictable patterns. Yoga Therapy can help change these patterns with simple practices and deep unwinding.
Whether you seek relief from back, neck, or shoulder pain, or have a chronic medical condition such as asthma or arthritis (or other) Julie will provide a practice tailored to your specific needs. Julie has helped many clients who have chronic pain find ways to work with the underlying pain pattern, and when desired, to get off of pain medications.
A Typical Session
I am influenced by the healing yoga tradition of T. Krishnamacharya and his son Desikachar and in this light, Yoga Therapy is always adapted to the needs and circumstances of the individual. I have no set format, or series of postures that you will do, but rather I listen to the unique needs and concerns of each client. Together, we find a process that works for you. Together, we listen to the body.
We may start with some verbal checking in and then move to the yoga practices of body, breath, rest, meditation, and sound. Or we may start right in with movement and dialogue as the practice unfolds. The yoga psychotherapy sessions are slightly different, please go here for a description of this process.
If you struggle with anxiety, depression, stress, or related issues, Julie will use yoga, in combination with other somatic approaches to facilitate healing. The use of witnessing and dialogue reconnects the client to wholeness, inviting presence through the postures or through direct inquiry and counseling.
Julie uses her training as a psychotherapist to facilitate a safe and nurturing space for her clients and can incorporate traditional psychotherapy into the yoga therapy sessions.
Yoga therapy can work alone or serve as an adjunct to your regular psychotherapy, yoga practice or other body work.
Julie has worked with a wide range of clients including children, young adults, adults, and couples; students, working professionals, artists, dancers, healers, mothers of young and grown children.
She has worked with eating disorders, body-image issues, chronic pain, depression/anxiety, trauma, illness, addictions.