Yoga therapy offers a safe place to explore your own internal landscape, and experience how your inner life manifests in and through your body. The work involves cultivating embodied attention, with the help of the therapist, who may just sit beside you, or may use therapeutic touch or supported yoga postures, if these are appropriate and wanted by you. There is also dialogue (derived from person-centred therapy) to help you to engage more deeply with what’s happening, and some structured meditation processes for opening attention at the beginning of the session and settling at the end. The practitioner does not interpret or advise but acts as a compassionate witness, holding a contained and generative space for you to access your own innate wisdom. Through receiving this work, you may be able to let go of physical tensions, process emotions, integrate traumatic memories, and experience a deeper sense of connection and awareness.
I have been in practice as a yoga therapist since graduating from the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy programme in 2003. Over the years, I have integrated elements from Somatic Experiencing and other trauma approaches into my work. I am registered with the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Sessions are one-to-one and last between 75 and 90 minutes.
Click here to read about Aileen’s experience of yoga therapy for developmental trauma.
“From the perspective of emptiness, living or dying doesn't matter, sick or well doesn't matter. This is not indifference, but an affirmation that life shines everywhere equally, without distinction or preference. It's all holy. In the same moment, without separation, it does matter whether my head hurts or my energy is good today. This is also holiness. Both are buddha-nature: empty buddha, sick buddha. Body of radiance, body of knots. Body of radiant knots. Just perfect, this crankiness; completely frustrating, this perfection. At night it all tumbles into sleep together.”—Joan Iten Sutherland