Yoga Therapy: Start your healing journey.

What comes to mind when you hear the word “yoga?” Group classes? Stretching? Comfy pants? A combination of those things? Yep – definitely ways we understand yoga. But there’s more. Introducing yoga therapy.

While all yoga is potentially therapeutic, yoga therapy is a more focused approach. It combines many parts of yoga (breathing techniques, poses, meditation, and more) to address your specific needs. The reality is, most of us walk around with a hyped up nervous system and that causes us all sorts of issues. The body is both a complex and very simple combination of lots of moving parts. Any one thing affects many others. Rather than address a single part of the body, yoga therapy allows us to view ourselves as what we really are – a beautiful blend of mind, body and spirit. Yoga therapy can help us feel more balanced from the inside out. It’s a lovely feeling and, yes, it is possible for you.

The body’s natural state is joy. It wants to feel good and with yoga therapy you can learn how to tap into your innate ability to heal yourself at many levels. In my role as a yoga therapist, I have the privilege of working with folks looking for relief from a wide range of conditions including

    • Ongoing/chronic physical pain
    • Anxiety, depression and PTSD
    • Recovery from injury
    • Support during illness
    • Things we’ve decided are “just the way it is” – sleep issues, irregular digestion, aches and pains…

Don’t live with “this is just how it is.” Let’s explore options for getting you on your path to freedom from what’s in the way of you living your best life.

Here are thoughts from some of my clients.

Questions? Contact me to set up a 60-minute get-to-know-each-other session. Feel better – start your healing journey now.

Discover the real you.

Before I had a yoga practice, life’s challenges knocked me on my butt. I often felt powerless. Frustrated. Alone. I would get stuck in the situation and have trouble finding my way out. I’d lose myself in a whirlwind of sadness and confusion.

Sound familiar? It doesn’t have to be that way.

In my yoga study, I received a gift called the “kleshas.” These “means to liberation,” as the ancient sage Patanjali called them, are considered the five root causes of human suffering. When we take time to better understand the kleshas, we are taking time to better understand ourselves. In our upcoming workshop, Who Am I Now, we’ll step Bravely into studying the kleshas as steppingstones toward liberation from our stuckness and fear. 

An overly simplified explanation of the kleshas:

Ignorance
We humans sweat the small stuff and lose sight of the big Universal picture.

Egoism
We forget about the Universal connection between all of us and we allow ourselves to feel alone.

Attachment
We cling to things that feel good and don’t give ourselves opportunities to grow.

Aversion
We avoid things that we don’t like, even when it’s not good for us.

Clinging to Life
We are afraid of change and we allow it to cause us fear and stress.

For me, the kleshas are like a breath of fresh air. With them, I can explore life’s situations from a place of curiosity and learning, rather than a place of blame and shame. They helped me through the deepest, scariest transitions of my life, as I struggled to find my inner Brave Woman. And, they continue to help me understand myself and the world I live in every single day. Things still get tough, but I never feel helpless. I’m a Brave Woman.

I hope you’ll join me for “Who Am I Now,” coming to Hudson, WI and Duluth, MN in September. Let’s explore together, Brave Women.

Big love,

Elen

 

 

 

Change one word to change your life.

One of the many reasons yoga is so good for me is that it helps me through when I feel overwhelmed. Sound familiar? When all of my commitments and “have to’s” are flying around my head, I feel like I’m back in grade school playing monkey in the middle and I’ve taken the place of the primate. What I know is true, but tend to forget, is that most of my (perceived) stressors are blessings and I’ve brought them on myself.

After years in Corporate America, I’ve created a tapestry of a life, interweaving my passions with my long time career as a digital marketer. I’ve self-published two children’s books. I’ve completed 500 hours of yoga teacher training and am on my way to becoming a Yoga Therapist. I teach five yoga classes each week and work one-on-one with beautiful clients. I love my home and my big gardens. My giant dog, who needs lots of walks, loves me unconditionally. All of this makes my soul sing. And, sometimes, it stresses me the hell out.

Mae West said, “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” To which I would add “…and overwhelming.” Most likely, there are times in your life when your blessings get the best of you and it all seems like too much. (If this never happens to you, please tell me your secret.)

So, what can we do about it? A yoga teacher recently told me that when she struggles for contentment, she goes toward gratitude. Feeling grateful for just one thing brings her back to a place where she feels content and peaceful.

One small vocabulary change makes world of difference to me. When I’m feeling stressed, I substitute “have to” with “get to”.

“I have to put away the groceries,” turned into “I get to enjoy an abundance of food.”

“I have to weed my garden,” turned into “I get to live in a home with a piece of land to call my own.”

“I have to drive my daughter to her friend’s house,” turned into “I get to experience this beautiful human’s life.”

See if this word game helps you go from feeling discontent to grateful and back to contentment. The toughest part, like with making any change, is remembering to do it. I know I have to keep at it because, when I do, I’m more free to live beautifully in this life I’ve been given. And that is a gift I can give myself.