What to expect
These sessions are designed to work alongside primary health professional treatment, or independently if this is not in place.
The therapeutic application of yoga and meditation is not ‘treatment’ so much as support in applying the wisdom of yoga to establish an effective management approach and change your relationship and identification with your condition. In partnership we will look at what is ‘right’ with you and potentially uncover ineffective, habitual behaviours and thought patterns to restore a greater sense of harmony.
The first session will be a thorough assessment which will involve talking through your health concerns, life situation and lifestyle so that I can begin to understand what brings you to me. I will also observe your physical movement and breath. Importantly, we will determine your goals for our work together.
In subsequent sessions we embark on a journey of discovery together, exploring various yogic tools and techniques (breath, movement, meditation) to bring forward the wisdom that is already available to you, from the inside. What I offer will not be prescriptive but something for you to try out for yourself. Ultimately, you are the authority of you, and your first-hand experience is your best guide.
You will be empowered to find what is most effective for the uniqueness of who you are.
These sessions will provide a container, with shelves stacked with various tools and techniques that can offer a salve for suffering. Only you will know if they’re effective.
Practice between our sessions
Home practice will be important. It could be as little as five minutes a day, or five minutes most days, or longer. We’ll work out the parameters together, but most importantly it will be something that you feel is doable, works with your lifestyle and is aligned with your goals.
In a holistic approach encompassing mind, body and spirit, you may feel it appropriate to refer to other health professionals regarding diet, formal psychology or physical therapy.
Yoga and spirituality
A cornerstone to the yogic, and my, approach is to encourage you to find your own answers, to unearth your own source of wisdom. I will be interested in your spiritual or religious position, if you have one, in recognition that the power of yoga is in connecting your individual consciousness to something greater than yourself however you understand or experience it.
While not a religious approach, it can comfortably encompass any religious perspective that you come with. The ancient healers knew that ‘every disease is at least in part a spiritual problem.’ This is reflected in the approach I take. Recognising our interconnectedness and grappling with the mystery of life offer us a home ground that provides support independent of external circumstances.