E-RYT 500, C.Y.T., R.P.C., DIHom.

Nora Benian 

Yoga Therapy & Life Counselling

Yoga Therapy

Through breath, body movements and internal awareness one can heal physically, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually. With a prescribed series of yoga postures, stretches and breathing techniques the body re-aligns. During such a session, there is a release of toxins, tension and stress while working through the limitations in the body, and ultimately, in the mind.

For best results it is best to schedule at least 3 sessions. As you begin to heal you can advance by strengthening weak muscles and will benefit greatly with another 12 weekly sessions. Although, even after just one session, you'll feel lighter, clearer, more balanced and more flexible than before and definitely more relaxed. This is an excellent way to increase body-mind awareness, heal pains and injuries and is especially helpful in moving you past plateaus in personal development.

Yoga Therapy

The goal of Yoga Therapy is bring the client back into alignment to stimulate the free flow of prana (life force) to support the natural healing process promoting overall good health and re-establishing balance.

The Yoga Therapist assesses your situation, concerns and history of health. Once an area of need is established the therapist selects specific poses and areas to massage, gently adjust with stretching and instructs the client with breathing to help release tension and stiffness. The therapist uses their palms, thumbs, elbow, knees and feet to apply just the right amount of pressure to the acupressure points (along the meridians) to release the blocks in the energy flow (life force). You may be prescribed exercises to practice at home as well to help you in your healing, strengthening and opening.

After even just one session, you will feel lighter, clearer, more balanced and more flexible than before and definitely more relaxed. This is an excellent way to increase body-mind awareness, heal pains and injuries and is especially helpful in moving you past plateaus in personal development.

Sessions are 1 hour in length and fees are $100 inc. HST. Contact me for an appointment.

More on Yoga Therapy

This article originally appeared in the April 2006 edition of Yogi Times:

"Yoga Therapy: Unlocking the Hidden Vitality" by Antonio Sausys

It's widely known that Yoga can enhance your physical and emotional well being, but when Yoga is practiced with a therapeutic intention in the form of Yoga Therapy, it can help prevent and aid recovery from physical and mental ailments. Yoga has long been practiced with therapeutic intentions as way of transforming both the body and the mind.

According to classical texts, most of the problems in our health come from a state of ignorance of who and what we are. By offering a vehicle for self-knowledge, yoga provides an opportunity to become acquainted with our essence, in tune with the Oracle at Delphi's command: "Know thyself." From a psychological standpoint, therapy is defined as the possibility of accessing self-knowledge that will enable us to change that what we consider dysfunctional. A number of research studies have proven the effectiveness of Yoga Therapy as developing exactly that type of awareness.

The applications of Yoga Therapy range anywhere from maintaining health, to recovering from illness - in some cases, even those considered incurable. The first stage of healing involves the movement of vital forces in the system. Practitioners of many Eastern forms of medicine believe that every illness involves a certain level of energy blockage. By promoting the flow of prana, or vital force, yoga combats those blockages, restoring the basic condition for health. Common applications for Yoga Therapy also serve structural problems such as spine misalignments or joint function. Deeper applications may even aid more intractable problems such as AIDS and cancer.

By combining different techniques such as massage, stretching or alterations of the circulatory patterns, yoga promotes specific changes in muscles, joints and organs altering the vital functions of the body. A good example would be the way Yoga Therapy can help overcome panic attacks. By practicing a balancing breathing technique, a sense of control is gained, combating the fear and anxiety produced by its loss. Additionally, by practicing Tratak, a specific technique that involves eye movement, the pituitary gland is reset via the optic nerve, influencing the 'fight or flight' reaction so intimately related with the syndrome.

On a psychological level, the introspection promoted by yoga is essential to the self-knowledge process that fuels psychic transformation. The different relaxation techniques allow the troubled mind to calm and decrease its activity while promoting stability. Yoga considers the psyche to be spread in different centers along the body (chakras). Each related to a nervous plexus, an endocrine gland, an organ or group of organs and specific psychic qualities. By acting upon the chakras, yoga brings light to any psychic blockages, making them available to the conscious mind. The modern western correlate of this scheme is in the core of psycho-neuroimmunology, a branch of psychology that studies the interaction between the nervous, endocrine and immune systems, explaining some of the subtle mechanisms of psychosomatic medicine.

The fact that the different branches of science are now acknowledging that everything in the universe works together with absolute, intimate and exquisite interrelationship is part of the basis of the increasing success and respect that Yoga Therapy is gaining among main stream medical practitioners. As more clinicians use these techniques either for themselves of or their patients, and as more masters design specific applications of yoga, the spectrum of Yoga Therapy grows exponentially.

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