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What is Yoga Psychology?

Yoga Psychology is a multidimensional framework for understanding the self in relation to the world. According to various yogic traditions, each one of us exists not only as an individual but also as an integral and inseparable part of the entire cosmos, like a droplet of water in an infinite ocean. As in Buddhism, Yoga Psychology suggests that the source of our suffering—be it physical, emotional, spiritual, etc.—lies in our fundamental misbelief that we are separate from all things. While it isn’t difficult to grasp this notion of interconnectedness at an intellectual level, these beliefs are deeply rooted in our subconscious and are difficult to remedy. Yoga and, in particular, meditation offers us a way out by experientially uprooting the causes of suffering through any number of therapeutic methods. Unfortunately, modern yoga tends to operate almost exclusively at the physical level and rarely does it facilitate lasting psychological changes. By embracing a multimodal approach to yoga therapy that bridges the gap between Eastern philosophy and Western medicine, we are able to explore and understand the self with greater depth. As such, Yoga Psychology encourages insight, authenticity, resiliency and transformation leading toward genuine happiness, vibrant health and enduring peace.

What is Expressive Therapy?

Expressive Therapy is an approach to psychospiritual healing that emphasizes the cleansing of affective energies through awareness-and-emotive-based exercises. Expressive Therapy can take the form of writing, art-making, music & chanting, movement, laughter, crying or simply being with emotionally-charged feelings that we tend to neglect and, subsequently, contribute to dis-ease. Expressive Therapy allows us to cultivate deep empathy and therapeutic presence with ourselves and others, helps us to grieve, release stress, and naturally generates overwhelming joy, compassion, and wellbeing.

What is Yoga Sleep Therapy®?

Yoga Sleep Therapy® is a multifaceted practice designed to bring relief to the millions of people suffering from insomnia, sleep deprivation, migraine, chronic pain and stress. YST offers a specialized combination of gentle postures, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques to help you unwind, fall asleep, and sleep soundly through the night. At its core is Yoga Nidra, a profound approach to meditation that leads to continual psychological, physical and spiritual growth and supports being at ease in every life circumstance. Additionally, YST brings awareness to the behavioral patterns that prevent us from accessing long-lasting peace, helps us to establish positive routines to quiet the mind, relieve the body, and to uncover and flush out the roots of suffering. This groundbreaking, integrative approach to healing can be used in personal practice and yoga classes as well as in clinical and medical settings.

What is Yoga Nidra?

Yoga Nidra, or “sleep yoga,” is a deep, guided relaxation practice that helps to release anxiety and stress while restoring the self to a level of optimal attunement with one’s surroundings. Evidence-based research has shown the effectiveness of Yoga Nidra in treating hypertension, depression, sleep disorders and chemical dependency, as well as aiding in pain management and general wellbeing. Yoga Nidra’s far-reaching benefits have also been successfully employed in the treatment of veterans suffering from PTSD, as a natural medicine for cancer patients, and have been utilized by schools in helping children to express their emotions and build a healthy sense of self. Subsequently, Yoga Nidra is at the cutting-edge of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) yet remains accessible to a complete beginner. As one advances in the practice of Yoga Nidra, the experience may be self-guided and may also become a framework through which to view one’s psychospiritual progression toward self-realization. Consequently, Yoga Nidra is often called the “Heart of Yoga.”

What is Dream Yoga?

Dream Yoga is both a psychotherapeutic approach to dreamwork and an ancient technology for self-realization. Dream Yoga begins with the practice of dream journaling and identifying emotionally-charged themes to work with in meditation. As emotional energy is released and integrated within the self, one’s dreams tend to become more vivid and, ultimately, lucid—one becomes aware that he or she is dreaming during the dream itself. The expanded consciousness of Dream Yoga (essentially, meditation within the dream state) offers us an opportunity for tremendous healing at a profoundly deep level, including the possibility of life-altering mystical experience, overcoming existential fear, receiving cathartic insight into one’s unique purpose, and basking in a residual wellbeing that permeates out into all aspects of our life.

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