Studying with The Embodied School of Yoga Therapy helped me consider what it means to be embodied. To be fully in the body at this moment. Our physical body is not just a container for our thoughts and feelings but an integral part of who we are. Overall, being embodied is a multifaceted and essential aspect of the human experience that we can learn to embrace and navigate with care and respect.
Yoga therapy is a holistic form of healing that supports the whole person through life’s challenges and experiences. This may be the effects of trauma, injury, grief, physical and pelvic pain, or emotional experiences such as anxiety or depression. Using techniques that yoga offers, such as movement, breathing, meditation and others, the yoga therapist and the client co-create a practice that suits the individual. Unlike regular yoga classes, yoga therapy is unique and accessible to each person. In the session, listening deeply informs the practice, which changes over time as the client evolves. The body often holds some vital information, and as we increase our awareness and understanding, becoming more embodied can result in a change of experience. I still find this amazing to experience and witness.
Science is demonstrating the vast benefits of yoga for the mind and body. Yoga has been found to reduce stress, help with overall emotional balance, and help with mood regulation.
Yoga also improves flexibility, balance, and strength through the practice of various postures and movements. Furthermore, yoga is integrated into comprehensive treatment plans for chronic diseases and pain.
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"It is a blessing to be treated with such compassion and competence. Tracy has a gentle approach and endless curiosity. She creates space for the whole person in her consideration of the body and its systems. Her encouragement is quiet, but substantial and her support is unwavering. She is among the finest people and practitioners to know."