Cobra, storytelling, and yoga therapy

She pulled my arms, my chest lifted off the ground, and I felt myself open to possibility.

I was in cobra and I didn't hate it.

That was my first experience with yoga therapy.

As someone who practiced yoga, I never looked forward to cobra. I told myself it wasn’t my pose. Cobra was for other people who were good at yoga.

I was basically telling myself I wasn’t good at yoga…what?! I compared myself to other people, images on posters, and an idea in my head of who was good at yoga.

I believed the story I was telling myself.

My insight during my first yoga therapy experience was that yoga isn’t something to achieve, it’s a practice of connecting to myself. And I have a lot to learn if I slow down, breathe, feel into body, and listen.

Yoga isn’t about being flexible, knowing Sanskrit, or sweating in a class for 90 minutes. Not for me anyway.

For me, it’s about connecting to myself. It’s my opportunity to go inward and ask important questions like...

  • What’s true for me?

  • How do I want to show up for myself and others?

  • How do I take care of myself and make choices so that I feel good in my body?

  • What limiting beliefs are holding me back in life?

A daily self-care practice and yoga therapy sessions help me dig into these questions and personal healing.

Let’s back up to the story I was telling myself. Where did that come from?

It’s called self-protection.

Here’s the deal… in some way, somehow, all of us have been wounded during our time on this planet - physically, mentally, and emotionally. When that happens, we create ways to protect ourselves from future hurt. But over time the strategy that once worked to protect can cause more harm than good.

Every once in a while, we need to evaluate if our ways of engaging and potentially protecting ourselves is serving our best interest. No big deal. Simply check it out and if needed make small changes.

The key is taking the time to listen. Our wisdom resides in our bodies.

Our bodies are incredible!

My body tells me when something is off or when I’m headed in the right direction. Some of the messages I receive include physical pain, emotional discomfort, mental spinning on thoughts, and spiritual emptiness. When I’m doing well the signals include ease and contentment.

Here's a real life example. When my stress starts to build up my neck and shoulders seize up. It’s real. My mental state impacts my physical well-being.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

To get below the iceberg waterline in personal transformation, quieting the mind and listening to the body is extremely helpful. The assisted cobra in my first yoga therapy session was an embodied experience.

It’s not easy work to do get into on our own bodies. There are so many distractions around us and in our own minds. Sometimes we need a little guidance and support to remove the distractions and be present.

I always knew I had room for growth but that day on the mat in my first yoga therapy session, I realized I’m a work in progress for the rest of my life.

How exciting!

Turns out I’m fascinating!

I’ve learned that my personal exploration and growth is infinite. Yoga and daily practices provide direction and structure to learn about myself.

Yoga Therapy Benefits

  • Relieve stress and anxiety.

  • Let go of old and new traumas.

  • Release negative thoughts and stories that hold you back.

  • Bring relief to your body from physical pain and tension.

  • Sleep better.

  • Experience more happiness.

  • Have more patience and grace for myself and others.

How does yoga therapy work?

As a yoga therapist, I use yogic tools (postures, movement, relaxation, breath-work, meditation techniques, and more) to address physical, mental, and emotional needs.

This healing modality promotes health and well-being.

When I work with someone, we enter into a therapeutic relationship that includes personalized assessment, goal setting, lifestyle management, and yoga practices. Yoga therapy promotes all-round positive health, as well as assisting particular medical conditions. Yoga therapy can be used as a complement to medical treatment of chronic and acute physical and/or mental conditions.

What I do with a client all depends on what they need to increase their health and well-being.

Here’s what I don’t do as a yoga therapist. I don’t fix people.

What?! When we feel broken don’t we want someone to fix us? Sure, but that isn’t how yoga therapy works.

Think of me as your wing-woman as you learn to fly your plane. I have techniques and tools for flying planes. You get to try them out, feel, listen, and reflect on what works for you. And much like learning to fly a plane, it takes practice.

As your wing-woman, I don’t try to fly your plane. I support you as you try tools and practices to bring ease into your life and support you when turbulence shows up. It gets easier the more you practice.

You won’t get stronger with bicep curls in an afternoon. You won’t improve balance by standing on one foot for 5 seconds. You won’t be aware of your own thoughts with one 5-minute meditation.

You won’t experience transformation in one yoga therapy session.

Transformation and healing take time, consistency, and commitment.

This is your one life. What do you want to do with it? How do you want to feel?

I offer several Yoga therapy packages and specialize in trauma and stress management. If you’re curious about yoga therapy I offer a Discovery Call. This is a free consultation where I get to know you a little bit, assess what’s going on for you, and together we figure out if yoga therapy is a good option for you.

Interested but don’t live in Bozeman? No problem. Everything I do can be done online and in person.

Want to take the first step? Fill out the Discovery Call intake form here. Once I get your form, we will schedule your complimentary assessment call.

If you want to learn more before filling out a form, see my FAQ.

Wishing you ease and comfort in your life.


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