Mindfulness & Yoga
"Mental, emotional and physical wellbeing are inseparable, and my approach to counseling reflects this holistic view." Katie Egge
So often our minds are in the past (i.e. regretting something that happened) or the future (i.e. worrying about what could happen) that we miss what’s happening in the present. This robs us of our ability to feel in control, which can make it difficult to relax, cope, or experience positive emotions! Practicing mindfulness helps us be more present, thereby creating opportunities for us to make changes with how we feel about ourselves, handle emotions, and engage with others.
Yoga means "union" in Sanskrit, and I see it as an intentional and peaceful unification of one's mind, body and soul. Incorporating yoga into therapy provides a tangible and powerful way to practice nonjudgmental awareness and acceptance, and create opportunities for change.
Due to the neurophysiological impact of trauma, survivors often feel physically and emotionally disconnected from themselves and others. Trauma-informed yoga (TIY) is an evidence-based treatment modality that offers a tangible way to safely explore physical and emotional sensations in order to promote reconnection and restore wholeness. TIY differs from traditional yoga seen at LifeTime Fitness or the Y as movements and forms are offered as ideas rather than led by a teacher. Because a common denominator of all trauma is the absence of choice, TIY allows participants the freedom to choose, which is a highly beneficial and powerful way to reclaim agency.