Traditionally, Yoga and its sister science, Ayurveda, were used as healing modalities to address individual needs. The term used for this therapeutic approach in sanskrit is "chikitsa". Our modern, western approach to yoga is one of group exercise classes with fancy poses. So when we hear of yoga as therapy it may raise an eyebrow.
The first premise we start with in traditional yoga is that we are all unique individuals and carry with us all sorts of imbalances. This is part of our nature. And because we are part of nature we are always changing. Through practice - which is more than poses or yoga class - we learn to understand our own unique nature and how it changes. We listen, we adapt, we change our practice.
The second premise then is that to effectively address our own unique issues we can not use a one-size-fits-all approach. A qualified teacher and Ayurveda doctor or practitioner works with an individual to assess and prescribe a personal practice.
This practice will involve any number of yoga techniques - purification techniques (shat kriyas), poses (asana), breathing/energy techniques (pranayama), energy locks (bandhas), gestures (mudras), deep relaxation (yoga nidra), and meditation. The individual receives personal mantra to use for the duration of their prescribed practice, and beyond.
When this holistic approach to yoga is used the results can be profound. There are few teachers who have done sufficient sadhana (personal spiritual practice) to cultivate the siddhis (powers) that are part of this intuitive healing approach.
I am blessed to have had several powerful teachers and healers in my life who have awakened my capacity to work with and affect physical, mental and spiritual healing with those who are ready to do their own work. Personal practice necessarily involves meditation and a deep commitment to change.
If this approach to your personal well-being sounds appealing, please feel free to drop me a line to discuss.
Consultation fees: $95 +hst - 90 minute session
Contact Loren for additional information or to book a consultation.