The ancient systems of Yoga, Ayurveda and Tantra practiced together offer a holistic approach to enhancing your potential in life. This trinity in action, combined with a pragmatic appreciation for Western medical modalities and advancement, has been termed Yoga Therapy. The therapeutic application of these traditions will help those suffering from health challenges come to terms with their condition.
The ancient wisdom of Yoga informs humanity about its essential nature and relationship with the Divine. This may not be what you commonly experience in yoga classes around town but the possibility to learn more is available to you. In the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, it is made clear that Yoga’s goal of union with Truth requires a body and mind capable of calm and comfort. To this end, Tantra assists the practitioner to channel her energies and increase her endurance. More practically and accessibly, Ayurveda addresses the methods to find balance of the body and mind through lifestyle. It is only in this balanced body and mind that the spirit can become free to experience its essence.
Ayurveda is an ancient healing practice of life care and a sister science to the system of Yoga. In my work as a Yoga teacher and Yoga Therapist, I apply my training in Ayurveda to help me understand the current and natural conditions of my students. This information aids me in formatting appropriate responses to guide our work together.
The word itself is a Sanskrit term that means ‘life knowledge,’ which highlights the breadth of this holistic health science. Ayurveda teaches that every individual is a microcosm—a world unto herself within and influenced by the larger world. The presence of health or the presence of disease are indicators of the quality of one’s relationship with herself and the larger cosmos. Balanced health supports the life instincts that we all share: to seek freedom, stability, connection and spirituality. Disease interferes with the pursuit of these objectives by causing distraction. We’ve all felt this in our lives. When we suffer pain, our interest in physical love wanes. Likewise, it’s a challenge to prioritize financial growth or spiritual discovery when we don’t feel well.
Ayurveda offers an approach that will nurture health in the healthy and foster a return to health where there is disease. It is a healing tradition that, like Yoga, relies upon a willingness to take responsibility for actions, to review and address patterns, to recognize the connection between emotional, spiritual and physical well-being.
When used in tandem with Yoga—the science of exploring union within ourselves and with the world beyond us—it will promote self-awareness, good health, and longevity. What you do with these good fortunes is then a matter for your discernment.
For those of you suffering from physiological imbalances like chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, Lyme Disease, hypertension, insomnia, and chronic stress, and more the Ayurvedic assessment integral to a Yoga Therapy process will be highly informative. The information will guide us toward an appropriate practice to manage or reduce your symptoms, improve your life functions, and transform your perspective on your experience. You’ll have an opportunity to consider how certain behaviors may challenge your system and how you can take better advantage of your inherent nature. Sometimes, simple dietary changes or even alterations to your eating schedule can make a world of difference. Sometimes, a short sequence of movement with appropriate breath regulation will change your experience of pain, depletion or frustration. For those who are interested and open to the possibility, meditation, mantra and prayer are also effective tools for energetic shift.
Yoga Therapy offers simple and effective tools that will help you respond to your conditions so you can feel greater connection to your process of healing.
Contact me to schedule a Yoga Therapy session or just to talk about the role Yoga, Tantra and Ayurveda can play in guiding you toward health.