Yoga ~ Meaning “to join”, “unite”. To bring into unity.
Mindfulness ~ “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment, and non judgmentally.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
Because of my own personal experiences, I have been interested in the health enhancing benefits of mindful movement, yoga and Pilates from the very beginning of my career. This has led me to much study and continuing education obtaining specialty training and certifications in yoga. Two specific areas of interest are chronic pain and eating disorders.
I have worked alongside health professionals providing yoga and movement for people working through complex pain issues for many years. I have been certified through physiotherapist and yoga therapist, Neil Pearson’s, Pain Care Yoga courses.
Eating Disorders and Body Image
In 2014 a career aspiration came to fruition and I began teaching yoga and movement as a part of medically supervised eating disorder recovery. I received a certification in Mindfulness-Based Yoga Therapy for Eating Disorders from the Inner Door Center’s in-depth training program.
For detailed information on my work with eating disorders, click here.
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Although I work with these two populations separately, there is quite often a crossover. While obviously distinct from each other, both have a commonality – a disconnected and/or inharmonious relationship with the body.
The valuable information I’ve received through these two specific approaches has transformed my work with people who want incorporate yoga into their lives as they work with their health professionals in their experience with chronic pain and eating disorders.
Both trainings blend the ancient art of yoga with evidence-based modern science to develop a healthy, mindful movement practice that addresses the whole person and reunites the mind/body connection. Tailoring to the needs of who is in front of me, I utilize active and/or restorative yoga poses, awareness, breath, imagery, alignment, moving and inhabiting the body with more ease and less tension, mindfulness-based relaxation, and other yoga, mindfulness and contemplative approaches to holistic well-being. I encourage and empower those I work with to trust themselves and weave the tools and discoveries made on the yoga mat into the rest of their lives.
I also use whatever movement choice seems to fit what my clients connect with. While yoga and Pilates are my foundations, I also draw from other movement practices. We work on anything from basic range of motion, specific movement skills and coordination, and progress to challenging sequences.
Yoga and mindful movement creates a space for us to become more present as we breathe and move and feel. This presence helps us tune into the messages our body is giving us about what it needs, not only physically, but the full dimensions of our lives. In this space we enhance our ability to objectively observe whatever is in the present moment and choose a response that serves us and others well.
My work in these two special areas has taught me even more about how our life story shows up in our bodies and the benefits of mindful movement.
Mindfulness expert, Jon Kabat-Zinn says,
The deep meaning of “rehabilitation,” which is related to the word “habitation,” is “learning to live inside again.”
What science has revealed about these and many other mind/body issues, is a need to return to a mindful, compassionate inhabitation of the body. My hope is to create a space for others to recover their ability to meaningfully live, move and be.
I am available for private appointments throughout the valley.