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How Yoga and Therapy Can Work Together


Yoga can be thought of as an ancient body-oriented therapy. It is helpful to understand that yoga stands for “yoking” together the body, mind, and spirit. Yoga therapy brings the yogic techniques of mindfulness, movement, breath, and meditation to support the health and healing of the whole person. A yoga practice offers relief from both the physical and mental burdens of living, as well as helping some of us explore answers to some of life's most profound existential questions. Yoga provides a space for healing and awakening, a place where we slow down our breath and calm the chattering of our minds so that we can get in touch with a deeper, more divine part of ourselves. I received my yoga teacher training through Breathe For Change, an organization dedicated to enhancing wellness for educators. I am currently registered as a 200 hour level yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. I currently offer Stress Management Yoga classes at Lowell High School to teens. I enjoy finding the ways in which therapy and yoga intersect and complement each other.

Benefits of Practicing Yoga​

• Increased Flexibility and Strength

• Balanced Breathing

• Better Focus & Peace of Mind

• Stress and Anxiety Relief

• Improved Self Esteem

• Better Digestion and Sleep

• More Energy

• Greater Sense of Connection to Body

• Spiritual Development

Five components of yoga that I integrate into my counseling practice:

Practice of Embodiment (present-focused exploration and awareness of the body)

Breath Awareness (linking breath to movement and noticing energy flow/sensations)

Developing Self-Awareness (self-reflection and a clearing of the mind)

Meditation, Guided Visualizations, and Emotional Regulation Tools (knowing who we are)

Opening to Compassion (expanding the spiritual heart center through mindfulness techniques)

Erica Edwards, LMFT #106656

(415) 680-3213

ericaedwardstherapy@gmail.com

2856 Diamond Street

San Francisco, CA 94131

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