TOOLS AND TECHNIQUE
Postural practices can be used in a yoga therapy sessions and may be done standing, sitting, or lying down. Certain poses and/or sequences are carefully selected depending on any health conditions, injuries, or goals you may have. Over all asana’s are used to help stretch, stabilise and strengthen different body parts, but also increase circulation and energy flow to areas that need healing. Usually body posture and balance will also improve through asana practice.
Have you ever noticed how your breath reflects how you’re feeling? When we’re feeling calm, the breath tends to be calm and relaxed as well.
However, if we are upset, angry or stressed our breath becomes short, shallow, and irregular.
The breath is a direct link between the physical body and the mental body/ nervous system. Therefore practicing breath awareness will straight away have an effect on your mood, your state of being. Trough different breath-work exercises you will explore different effects in your body.
Meditation And Relaxation
Yoga is holistic, it recognises the connection between our mental health and our overall sense of well-being. Keeping the mind healthy is as important as the food we eat, the way we are exercising, our sleeping patterns, and other lifestyle choices.
Meditation and relaxation techniques guide us gently to explore the nature of our minds and as we get more experienced we might recognise negative thought-patterns, unstable emotional states or self-sabotaging reflex reactions. Practicing meditation we are learning how to ‘befriend’ and quieten down our minds. This will lead to greater insight, perspective, and equanimity.
Meditation and relaxation practices also help to take control over the fight-and-flight affect of our nervous system. By doing so, they are an extremely powerful tool in managing chronic health conditions that are caused or aggravated by stress.
Traditionally a mantra is a letter, word, or a phrase that is used repetitively to help quieten down the -wandering- mind and help to focus, bringing calm and inner peace. In our society Mantras are usually used as affirmation, a personal, meaningful statement that is repeated either silently or aloud to promote a mental shift in perspective. A constant reminder of our journey. It has been proven that mantra is a very powerful tool in ‘rewiring’ our brain’s stress response. It can help to manage a wide-range of health conditions such as chronic pain, trauma, and depression.
It’s been said that in yoga, asanas are postures of the body and mantras are postures of the mind. Mantras, when used in this fashion, are more like affirmations and help to keep you connected to a particular state of mind.
Yoga itself is a lifestyle. It recognises that once health is defined by a many interrelating factors such as diet, genetics, environment, socio-economic status, and relationship networks. To understand the source of a particular health concern, or how to manage an existing problem better, we need to look into these areas. Yoga therapy offers us practical and often very simple suggestions on how we can adapt our existing habits to promote better physical, mental, and emotional balance.