Ena Rodriguez' video on Yoga for Depression is designed for those both diagnosed with depression or feeling symptoms of depression.
A healthy business rolls with the changing cultural tides. Treetop Yoga Therapy has had to adapt to the changing needs of my life and family, reinforcing a strong belief in spirit and dharma.
Since our first fire-pit gatherings, the human experience has been a popular discussion. We have expressed our stories through cave drawings, dance and war. We realized purpose through hard won spoils and loss. We have regaled and reflected on our adventures. But, we are not unscathed. After battles and narrow escapes, we shook at the scrape of a tool on a stone or is it a tiger?
Mary rubbed her neck softly while she stepped away from her doctor's office and carefully maneuvered herself into her car. After a severe automobile collision a year ago, several surgeries later, she was still in pain-and sick of it. The doctor knew that Mary really needed to regularly stretch her neck and she was frustrated with her circumstances. He suggested Yoga.
On a rainy day last September, I sat across from a psychotherapist on a carpeted floor at Kripalu. Both of us were in a training, studying a form of yoga nidra called iRest. Facing each other, my eyes closed, he skillfully led me into deep relaxation with his own techniques and the ones we were learning in our training that day.
Within the scope of Yoga Therapy, yoga philosophy and applied yoga psychology are powerful modes of healing. Sometimes, a sprinkle will do depending on the client, like healing from an injury. But, for addressing depression, anxiety, or abuse, it can be a huge part of the work.
The dramatic irony of yoga is that we seek to identify with ourselves knowing ultimately, this path leads to letting it all go. We yearn to express our uniqueness. Yet, difference is baffling.
The rooms of the mind are expansive. When we are healthy, we move freely through these spaces, moods and thoughts like sunlight, shape shifting through the day. But depression is a prison.
You explore your personality, your psychic life, your symbols, and hidden emotions. It is not, however, easy to remember a dream, to explore that fantastic world of the subconscious. Thankfully, there is a yogic process that places us into this unChartered territory at will. It is Yoga Nidra.