Yoga and yoga therapy integrate mindful breathing, conscious relaxation, focused body-awareness and deliberate movements to encourage the release of stress to achieve equilibrium and restoration. Each practice is personalized to accommodate the unique needs and capabilities of our clients, allowing them to progress at their own pace and comfort levels. Over time, these therapeutic sessions can help improve one's overall health and self-awareness, while reducing tension, enhancing vitality and strengthening the body-mind connection--all of which provide the basis for self-healing a more balanced life.
Restorative Yoga: We work very hard in our lives, and while we may sleep, we rarely take time to rest. Restorative yoga poses help us learn to relax and rest deeply and completely.
During deep relaxation, all the organ systems of the body are benefited, and a few of the measurable results of deep relaxation are the reduction of blood pressure, serum triglycerides and blood sugar levels in the blood, the increase of the "good cholesterol" levels, as well as improvement in digestion, fertility, elimination, the reduction of muscle tension, insomnia and generalized fatigue.
Art Therapy and Art Expression
Art therapy is facilitated by the art therapist, use art media, the creative process, and the resulting artwork to explore their feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety, and increase self-esteem. A goal in art therapy is to improve or restore a client’s functioning and his or her sense of personal well-being. Art therapy practice requires knowledge of visual art (drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art forms) and the creative process, as well as of human development, psychological, and counseling theories and techniques.
Today art therapy is a widely practiced in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities, wellness centers, forensic institutions, schools, crisis centers, senior communities, private practice, and other clinical and community settings. During individual and/or group sessions art therapists elicit their clients’ inherent capacity for art making to enhance their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Research supports the use of art therapy within a professional relationship for the therapeutic benefits gained through artistic self-expression and reflection for individuals who experience illness, trauma, and mental health problems and those seeking personal growth.
This profoundly effective meditation is simple to learn and easy to do. Though use of focus, breath, and guided imagery, we become more present with our body, mind and feelings. From this heightened state of awareness we can improve our health by reducing stress and tension and increasing our experience of well being and positive emotions.