My Yoga Therapy Journey
I remember the day I received my first whisper to explore yoga therapy. At this point I didn’t even know or recognise the term, ‘Yoga Therapy’. I can only describe the feeling as an intense drive to learn & use the tools that yoga had to offer to help people heal, or at least, ease suffering on some level.
I was contacted by an ex-military medic, largely paralysed, requesting some therapeutic yoga to help ease suffering in various areas of his life. I was beyond terrified, but some force was driving my determination to be the best I could be, to serve with pure postive regard.
Over the months, we worked together, intuited together and the effects of each session left me both baffled & completely awed. I learnt so much & I’ll be forever grateful & humbled by the opportunity I was given to learn just how powerful yoga therapy can be.
The potential effects became ingrained in my dharma (life's purpose) and therefore impossible to ignore.
After a crazy amount of research, including contacting the director of the official International Association of Yoga Therapists in America, I was given the recommendation that I needed to set me on the path. And therein lies the start of my 3 year journey to becoming a professional Yoga Therapist with The Minded Institute.
After a gruelling 2 years of 17 face to face 4 day modules, filled with lectures; more homework than I’d ever thought humanly possible; client sessions that have pushed me emotionally & mentally & more writing & reading than I did in my entire school career; 4 sets of exams that have taught me to become friends with ‘terrified’ and my own yoga therapy sessions that allowed me to meet myself at my inner edge of vulnerability & come face to face with my shadow self… thank goodness I am almost there!
I am now conducting my final 3 case studies while I look to begin building a yoga therapy community. But what does this even mean?
What I plan to do in the interim, is to open up a few slots for clients to be seen for therapeutic yoga at a reduced rate while I am formally still a ‘trainee yoga therapist’.
Individualised specialised yoga & reiki sessions will be done in the Yoga Therapy Lounge, next door to the Earth Yoga Sanctuary.
I invite you to bring your authentic self, with all your beautiful perceived imperfections, and together we’ll shine some light on this thing we call life’s experience.