YOGA + BODY PSYCHOTHERAPY
"Movement never lies." - Martha Graham
Yoga is so much more than a series of physical postures, but an exploration of what it is to be human, alive and understood. This is why it is a natural segue to the practice of body psychotherapy, a branch of therapy that focuses on the interactions between the body and the mind, and is founded on the principle of the body and mind working in unity. I have had supervision and peer support with other counsellors, psychotherapists and practitioners. If you'd like to explore the possibility of working together, please do drop me a line or learn more about the approach...
A HUMANISTIC PERSPECTIVE OF THE BODY
We can learn about the way we live in our bodies, the habits and patterns that have been set and mapped, both physical and emotional throughout our lives. Our bodies embody the lives we have lived which includes our entire histories up till now. Thus, the tension we hold in our bodies can reflect the defence and coping mechanisms we have used to get through life's challenges to feel safe and protected.
The integration of my yoga teaching background with the principles of body psychotherapy, contributes to the support of our process of paying attention to the habitual, nuanced and un-noticed ways in which we organise our bodies and therefore, ourselves. As a tool, it has an incredible capacity of unravelling the armour that we no longer need or find useful, helping us grow to understand ourselves better, so we become more able to move away from an ingrained way of being and in its wake, choose how we might want to respond to our relationships and experiences in life.
"History matters, and an awareness of it puts our lives into a context. A disdain for history sets us adrift, and makes us victims of ignorance and denial. History lives in and through our bodies right now, and in every moment."
- Resmaa Menakem