An investigation and journey into the body and the mind.
Yoga Therapy for the Mind
The Yoga Therapy for the Mind 8 week course is an evidence based program developed by Heather Mason of the Minded Institute.
The course is a thorough investigation and journey into the body and the mind drawing on ancient yoga principles and mindfulness meditation techniques that are the foundation of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) one of the fastest growing new therapies for stress reduction.
This course combines yoga postures, breath work and mindfulness meditation which will allow you to experience and understand how these practices can work for you both in the short term and in the long term.
Through a deeper insight into physiological and psychological aspects of stress, the 8 week course will give you a tool kit that you can use to obtain and maintain positive mental well-being.
The yoga practice is specifically designed to re-balance the nervous system and to teach you how to regulate mood and emotions. You’ll be taught which postures are useful for energising and which are useful for bringing calm to your system. Additionally through the poses you will learn how to coexist equally with both comfortable and uncomfortable physical sensations through relaxation and working with the breath. By learning how to be with the variety of sensations in the body you simultaneously develop the ability to be with challenging emotions in a more grounded and gentle way. The course will visit new themes each week enabling you to explore your yoga practice through different perspectives, encouraging the exploration of mental patterns, perceptions, and habits that may keep you stuck in unfulfilling experiences of life
Yoga Therapy Vitality Program
The Yoga Therapy Vitality Program is highly effective in reducing stress levels.
Still similar to the 8 Week Yoga Therapy for the Mind Course, this course will also be highly effective in reducing stress levels. It will also include Mindfulness but the physical practice and breathing will be different in this course, we go deeply into the nervous system with this program.
Through my work as a Yoga Therapist I have worked with people who were looking for healing from past trauma and I used different techniques to release deep tensions, using body and breath, and also sound and meditation. Many of my clients started to feel better, increased energy levels, mentally stronger and more focussed. Also, I developed an interest in immune system disorders as some of my own family members and myself were affected to a certain extent.
In 2014 I travelled to Poland to meet Dutch teacher and daredevil, Wim Hof, aka The Iceman and I trained in his techniques that are scientifically proven and backed by research studies at the renowned Dutch Academic Radboud Hospital, to strengthen the immune system. People who have been using the method reported increased function of the immune system, often blood tests showing reduced inflammation marks, and the method also greatly helps with coping with the chronic pain associated with for example arthritis, reducing pain levels. When I was in Poland, Wim asked me to help him share his teachings and I then decided to create the Vitality Program, combining the breathing and cold training with other techniques that I felt were important and helpful.
Working with breath and movement, areas of tension and blockage can be released and the core of inner support and strength experienced. As habitual patterns in the body change or become more flexible, the mind also changes, allowing for greater openness, choice and spontaneity of being.