Our suffering is not caused by some fundamental flaw in ourselves or even by the difficult situations that arise for us. We struggle because we have not learned how to allow these situations to be as they are and to accept “what is.” This creates conflict, causing us to feel tension and stress in our bodies and minds. These chronic holding patterns disconnect us from our emotions, our bodies and ultimately ourselves.
My practice is a holistic and integrative approach to healing body, mind and spirit. We will work together to bridge the gap between what your mind is thinking and what your body is feeling. Through somatic inquiry we will uncover what you most want and help you become free of the habitual, conditioned patterns and beliefs that prevent you from living your most authentic life.
I bring to my work several modalities that draw on the wisdom of mind–body practices, somatic psychology and the yoga tradition.
Somatic Psychology takes us beyond what traditional talk therapy can do. The key to integrating and understanding our total physical, emotional and psychological well-being is to move our inquiry from exclusively the mind to the mind–body connection, placing our attention on how the body feels in the present moment. Once we are open to sensation and feeling, we reconnect back into our bodies and with ourselves.
During our sessions, I help you meet whatever is arising — be it emotion, sensation, thought or feeling — and locate where it is in your body. I help you put words to your physical experiences and your emotional holdings, and build a language that takes you into a deeper relationship with what you are feeling. This leads to a more clear understanding of what actions are most needed to facilitate change.
Gradually, by allowing your experience to be exactly as it is without resisting it, you learn to “be with” things just as they are. Conflict ends, creating space for a new understanding to shine through. Learn more about somatic psychotherapy.
Yoga Nidra Meditation
Yoga nidra is a simple, yet transformative relaxation technique that helps us achieve greater peace, equanimity and wholeness. It is a systematic method of meditation that brings about complete physical, mental and emotional relaxation by working directly to calm the nervous system.
As stress and tension from life accumulate, we feel that burden in our musculature, our emotional bodies and our mental states. Yoga nidra allows us to relax our minds and restructure our negative thoughts and habit patterns by working directly with the subconscious mind. Mental tensions are relieved leading to greater balance. Yoga nidra focuses on first-hand knowing of who and what we are, allowing us to see ourselves through a clear lens, free of psychological conditioning.
In the therapeutic setting, yoga nidra offers clients a map into the Self. It helps them get intimately familiar with the thoughts, feelings, emotions, and beliefs that keep them stuck in their presenting issues. It is a practical process toward healing and can help with many issues including stress management, insomnia, chronic pain, and trauma . Learn more about yoga nidra meditation.
Yoga therapy comes directly from the ancient system of yoga and focuses on healing the whole person by bringing into balance all parts; physical, psychological, and spiritual. As a practice it aims to integrate traditional yogic theories and techniques with Western medical and psychological knowledge. Because of its holistic nature it can heal various kinds of somatic and psychological issues ranging from physical pain to emotional distress.
Yoga therapy is a precise, specific regimen of postures, breathing techniques and mediation practices. During our first session, I will assess your presenting issues and create a customized practice for you.
Whether you are in physical pain or emotional discomfort we will create a practice to provide you with symptom relief and overall healing. Yoga therapy is effective for people suffering from chronic pain, fibromyalgia, migraines, depression, anxiety, grief and other issues. It is also a simple way to bring more structure and discipline to your life.