Yoga Therapy Healing Program: The Journey Inward
Yoga brings many benefits to everyone who engages with it. Physical well-being does evolve with a regular practice, yet the science of yoga offers much more. With a conscious focus, based on a deepening understanding of an individual’s needs and strengths (physically, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually), a yoga therapy practitioner can assist that person establish and maintain a coherent connection to self and to life.
In yoga, we begin with prana, the life force, which is a function of our breath. We use movement and rhythm to build and strengthen prana, to develop our capacity for life. We organize these elements with kriyas, a conscious application of movement, rhythm, breath and sound to shift an individual out of ill-health, which is imbalance, and into balance, health.
Yoga therapy sharpens the focus of a yoga practice to a more individual level. The yoga therapy practitioner first works closely with an individual in order to assess the person’s needs and help them establish a starting practice, a foundation. Journey Inward, the Healing Program at Sacred Essence Yoga, does this with an initial small group of four people. Over the course of six weeks, each individual meets with Theresa Banks privately at least four times and in three weekly group classes.
Why six weeks? When a particular behavior is repeated for forty days, we begin to accept it as a part of ourself. The initial phase of the Journey Inward program is therefore designed to lay that foundation for continuing personal change and growth, based on individual needs and strengths, and dependent on maintaining a consistent practice. This becomes the base on which to center and deepen the process, from which to develop your capacity to hold steady regardless of external circumstances, and to increasingly recognize personal empowerment comes from taking an active role in one’s own healing. Strengthening your foundation, gaining and maintaining your stability, and discovering new possibilities is the ongoing focus of the Journey Inward program.
I remember the fire department coming into my elementary school and teaching us to STOP, DROP & ROLL. Well for 2021, I suggest we use this in a little different way.
Through breath work, postures, mantras and meditation, you create an experience where you feel your way through the “boxes” of shame, fear or any trapped negativity you’ve wrapped into your tissues and mental space.
When you hold your hands to your heart, what do you feel? It changes day to day, moment to moment, like our lives. Where you are now should be honored, alongside what you’d like to achieve.