05Dec My Experience with Yoga
This month I have referred several clients to go to yoga, and Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga studio to be specific. As an EMDR therapist who works with anxiety disorders, depression, stress, trauma and/or chronic illness or pain, I’ve found yoga to give a very positive addition to the healing process. Here are some reasons:
• It helps people learn to be kind to themselves, listening to their body and respecting it’s messages.
• It allows healing energy, or prana, to flow to weak or diseased areas, gradually strengthening them
• People learn to promote their own peace of mind, through breathing within a balanced routine
• And, research has demonstrated it can help people recover from anxiety, depression, PTSD and fibromyalgia
Personally, I make a point of having 2 hour-long yoga practices a week. It helps me to be one of the healthiest people I know. My immune system is strong. Above all, I have peace of mind despite a very full practice and a very full life! Yoga is a key to my harmony. At this time of Thanksgiving, there are many reasons for my gratitude for yoga. I especially appreciate the excellent, gentle, positive teachers at Pilgrimage. I love to say that they are uniformly excellent, while all completely unique. And despite the fact that I’ve been practicing yoga on and off for 40 years, I keep hearing new concepts and being introduced to new techniques, or variations on a regular basis, by my wonderful teachers.
Dana Terrell, LCSW, EAC