What is therapeutic yoga?
Our therapeutic yoga and Yoga Nidra sessions are an alternative to traditional talking therapies. Yoga is an ancient therapy and way of life from the eastern part of the world and hypnotherapy and psychotherapy are talking therapies from the western part of the world. Our therapeutic yoga combines the best of both into a unique session tailored to what you would like to achieve. For example, maybe you would like to feel less stressed or anxious, increase your confidence or improve your sleep? Therapeutic yoga could be just what you’re looking for. You also don’t need any yoga experience for therapeutic yoga.
What can I expect at a therapeutic yoga session?
Our therapeutic yoga sessions are made up of gentle floor-based yoga poses held for minutes at a time. Depending on what you’d like help with, these poses are then combined with a meditation, Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) or hypnotherapy relaxation tailored to the issue you would like to work on. Yoga Nidra can also be offered on its own if you prefer.
The philosophy behind our therapeutic yoga
According to yogic philosophy, many yoga poses can be beneficial in therapeutic healing, especially when combined with meditation or Yoga Nidra (both forms of yoga relaxation). This is because yoga has a direct effect on our physical energy and our ‘energy centres’ in the body (called chakras). In yogic philosophy, the chakras in the body are shown as coloured wheels of energy which spin. It is said that issues can occur in both the mind and the body when these energy centres become blocked (i.e. they stop spinning) or become imbalanced.
In the western world, hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and counselling are ‘talking therapies’ that are used for achieving therapeutic goals. At Aurora we’re uniquely placed to offer hypnotherapy as part of our therapeutic yoga sessions. Just like meditation and Yoga Nidra, hypnotherapy is also a guided relaxation. In hypnotherapy, intense concentration and focused attention are used to achieve a heightened state of awareness. Together, we can then focus on specific thoughts, behaviours or feelings that you would like to change. This approach can be helpful in overcoming issues such as stress, anxiety, insomnia, IBS or chronic pain, or in helping you to achieve a goal such as managing weight, improving confidence, increasing performance or passing an exam.
Need a time-out?
Yoga poses alongside meditation, Yoga Nidra or hypnotherapy can also be used for deep relaxation when you simply want some time-out. It’s one of the most refreshing self-care gifts you can give yourself. We also offer vouchers for relaxation sessions, which make a wonderful gift for loved ones.
Using a combination of these eastern and western philosophies, we create therapeutic yoga sessions designed to help you heal and achieve your goals.
What can therapeutic yoga help with?
This list isn’t exhaustive but here are some of the things our therapeutic yoga clients have asked for help with: