Therapy Options

Yoga and Ayurveda (an ancient Indian life science) can be thought of as a practical application of sophisticated and complete understanding of the world and being human in it.

This understanding appreciates how basic elements have come to form the physical matter of the world, including arrangements as complex as the human body. These elements have been classified into three qualities known as the doshas: vata, pitta and kapha. We each have a unique combination of these qualities which forms our constitution. These qualities are present in all aspects of our physical experience, including the environment, other people, foods, and leisure and work activities.

Everything around us and everything we do affects the balance of our doshas and this provides a powerful framework for understanding how our bodies and minds form, function and malfunction into conditions of health and illness or wellbeing and suffering; on all levels from physical to spiritual and everything in between.

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Conditions you may seek yoga therapy for include
(but are not limited to):

  • Insomnia
  • Problems with digestion
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Asthma
  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Trauma
  • Injury

Experienced practitioners use observation and inquiry to identify the condition that is presenting and then apply treatments. The application of yoga for therapy draws from the same tools and principles but applies them differently in ways that are appropriate to the situation. This includes:

  • Dietary and lifestyle suggestions
  • Physical postures/exercises (asana)
  • Breathing practices (pranayama)
  • Visualisation practices (bhavana)
  • Meditative practices
  • Chant/sound practices
  • The application of oils
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Ideally, Yoga and Ayurveda seek to arrange lifestyle and spot ailments at the earliest observable stages and to work preventatively to avoid weakening into illness.

They are also effective at working therapeutically with more advanced conditions. For some, full recovery may be possible while for others an appropriate goal may be, for example, the management of pain or other symptoms. For all, there is the possibility to become more comfortable with where we are.

With this approach the ‘patient’ is active in the treatment. You will be given suggestions and practices. A commitment to following them will bring benefits.

Therapeutic applications work over time. If you are committed, you can develop the knowledge, insight and skills to strengthen and manage your own health and recovery.

I draw on Yoga and Ayurveda to work therapeutically with clients with various conditions including injury, illness, physical and emotional trauma and mental illness. This is most often on a one-to-one basis although my Tuesday evening class at Love Yoga has a focus on relieving anxiety.

Pricing for private sessions is £40-60. However, in some circumstances I work on a donation basis.

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