Look around. We’re in Austin! There’s yoga everywhere! Which is great, and we have many yogis on our staff, however, it can be difficult to find therapeutic yoga–classes tailored to a softer, slower, therapeutic experience and process. Therapeutic yoga still has the exercise and physical benefits of yoga, however it goes a little more slowly, makes room for you to work at your own pace if you want, and encourages you to connect with your body, mind and emotions in a way that supports your healing work and counseling process.
We have yoga groups, which are therapy groups that utilize yoga as part of the agent of self-awareness and change, and yoga classes, which are drop-in and open to anyone wanting to focus on integrating body and mind. Our yoga groups are held much like traditional therapy groups: They meet weekly, have a consistent membership, and while they incorporate yoga, also include an element of social interaction and sharing at every meeting. Our classes are more informal, and do not require a weekly commitment, but they also often include a social component where you get to meet the other members of the class.
Yoga can help heal trauma, help you process your emotions and thoughts, and help de-stress your mind and body. It also facilitates integrating your counseling and personal growth work through your nervous system and all the way through your body. It also helps you become more flexible, fit and strong, and is a great form of daily exercise. We recommend yoga for most mental health conditions, but also as a path of personal growth, a way to keep your body fit, a social pool of interaction with healthy, like-minded others, and as a way to learn and practice meditation and mindfulness more in your life. Come join one of our yoga groups or classes and feel the difference!