Yoga and Therapy

Yoga has been shown to decrease depression, anxiety, PTSD, and many other mental and physical health issues in both children and adults.  As a yoga instructor, I regularly incorporate yoga into my therapy sessions with clients when appropriate.  If this is something you are interested in, we can discuss how this might be beneficial for you.

 
 
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Yoga for depression

"From my late teens to early twenties, I was on medication and spending a few hours a week with a therapist. I felt like a victim to the waves of depression, because I didn’t know how to control, combat, or even anticipate these times of despair. I was terrified that I'd never lead a normal life. 

So, in an act of sheer desperation, I went to a yoga class. When I walked out of that class, my journey to freedom had begun."


Yoga for anxiety

"When you're anxious, your mind can get carried away with worrying about things that might happen, and that actually makes you feel worse and can cause other symptoms, like insomnia.  Yoga and meditation teaches people certain skills that can help counteract that tendency, like staying in the moment, recognizing worried thoughts when they're happening, and preventing them from getting worse."

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Children and yoga

"Children deal with many distractions, temptations, overstimulation and peer pressure. Schools are challenged to do more with less and be creative in how they reach even the most isolated child.

Yoga is a low-cost, helpful tool that can have a positive impact on children."


Veterans, PTSD, and Yoga

"Nearly one in five soldiers returns home from active service in Afghanistan or Iraq suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, or both.  A recently published study shows that yoga can help active-duty service members manage combat stress and that it may prevent the onset of PTSD." (Read More)

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 Recruits from the Des Moines Police Academy practice yoga as part of their academy curriculum.

Recruits from the Des Moines Police Academy practice yoga as part of their academy curriculum.

First responders (fire, Police, ems), ptsd and yoga

"Until recently, officers were discouraged from acknowledging that they were having issues coping with stress and the pressures of the job. Such admissions were often considered a sign of weakness and brought into question an officer’s ability to perform his or her duties. As a result, many officers...suffered in silence. ...This practice is not just "good" for first responders, it is meant for them.  Why? Because the original and true intents of yoga are to obtain a mastery of the mind and achieve an optimal functioning of the entire being - from the subtle nervous system to the whole physical body..."