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"Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather creates a strong foundation for us to more easily achieve success and happiness." ~ Unique S Medical Svcs
The word yoga, from the Sanskrit word yuj means to yoke or bind and is often interpreted as "union" or a method of discipline. Today most people practicing yoga are engaged in the third limb, asana, which is a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation.
Here at Unique, Tima incorporates two types of yoga into her counseling practice:
· Vinyasa- 60 minutes of Vinyasa yoga, including breathing instruction, asana cuing and adjustments, emphasis on safe movements, and working at your edge. Inversions, arm balances, and advanced movements optional. Modifications and extensions given.
· Restorative or Yin Yoga with Props - 50 minutes of deep relaxation and yoga using a supportive system. Targeting facial release, foam rolling, and breath work to be included. Good for injured and those in pain, sufferers of anxiety, depression and grief.
For counseling purposes, practicing yoga is a tool that sharpens & calms the mind so that you can handle life with more ease. It is not just a stretching routine that helps you get limber.
Allowing your mind to be in a relaxed open state is generally easier when things feel good, but harder when one experiences pain. In fact, pain in all its shapes and sizes is so unpleasant that there is an automatic tendency to avoid it.
Pain, whether emotional or mental, can cause us to immediately orient towards the avoidance of all future potentially painful experiences. This aversion is itself a source of misery because it chains the consciousness both to the past at the first experience of pain and to the future avoidance of pain.
One cannot control life, and no matter how much one wants everything to be light, free and easy, one cannot escape the truth that sometimes life will be hard, heavy and labored.
If you run from every negative experience based on memories from the past you essentially allow the past to dictate the present and the future.
Yoga asks you to stop running away from painful experiences and instead accept the reality of the present moment, whether it is painful or pleasurable.
One of the most basic lessons of the yoga practice is to break the attachment to any particular outcome. When you surrender your necessity for the present moment to be a certain way you are free to experience it as it is. The field of the body is the first place where yoga practitioners learn to experience this perspective.
Your body itself will never feel exactly the same.
As a student of yoga, you are asked to accept the inevitability of this change within the form of your body.
Fatima completed her Master’s degree in Counseling at Houston Baptist University. She has a diverse cultural background and is a native Houstonian.
Fascination of how emotional distress manifests itself on our physical health led Fatima to complete an intensive training in the healing capabilities offered by Yoga for the mind, body and soul at the Yoga Institute of Houston.
There, with guidance by guru Lex Gillian, she obtained the knowledge and skills that led her to truly believe that practicing mindfulness and meditation to calm the spirit guides us in finding clarity, peace and healing.
This serves as an additional tool to provide an integrative approach in those counseled.