​© 2014 by Kiel Walters, LICSW

 

Why Yoga?

Mind-Body Connection/Holistic Healing/Let Go/Manage Stress/Be Present/
Foster Non-Attachment/Realize Your Strength/Release Pain/Regulate Emotions

Emerging research shows that yoga can be a powerful tool in treating mental health concerns. Studies on various types of meditation demonstrate clinically significant effects of the practice on individuals' physical health, mental clarity, use of constructive rather than destructive coping mechanisms, and overall psychological well-being.

 

In my own practice, I find that using various aspects of yoga philosophy has allowed me to serve clients in a way that other psychotherapy models were limited. Physical yoga postures are only one small component of the yoga that I bring into my therapeutic work. Concepts which include non-attachment, mindfulness, sitting with emotions, and letting go of resistance are central to my therapeutic style.

 

I do find that the physical postures of yoga offer something that “talk therapy” can't in that they allow for emotional release, push us to stay grounded and present in our bodies, and help us to realize our mental and physical strength. Yoga offers concrete opportunities to push through barriers, as well as to attain a sense of accomplishment and build confidence.

 

We will work together to determine how yoga philosophy can best serve you in your individual process. I encourage you to explore some of the recent research and dialogue around the benefits of yoga in combination with psychotherapy, including the articles listed below.