Psychological well-being through yoga principles
Yoga practice opens a door into our own well-being and personal inner balance. People who practice yoga regularly highlight benefits such as stress reduction, reduced anxiety levels and depressive symptoms and general physical and psychological well-being.
Many people come to yoga and continue practising throughout their lives because it helps them relax, cope with stress, get a better sleep, and they feel in general less anxious and in better spirits. Therefore, I have created a program designed to improve psychological well-being through practices coming from Yoga and mindfulness meditation, the program is called: PsicoYoga (the union of Psychology and Yoga).
“Yoga is a discipline to calm the fluctuations of the mind“.
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The ancient yogic texts, such as the Yoga Sutras, explain that yoga is a discipline to calm the fluctuations of the mind, the constant current of thoughts and emotional swings. The practice of yoga brings us focus, a calm mind and it brings us back to our inner center, where we can put things into perspective, we can connect with our essence (that which is constant and doesn’t change). We do this with breath work (pranayama), feeling our bodies become livened with gentle movement and present with a centered attention (mindfulness).
Mental stability is one of the primary goals of yoga.
“Yoga has been a discovery in my life. I feel it as a practice that adapts very well to my body and my way of being. It is very positive for my emotional balance and I recommend it to everyone I can”.
– M.J.S. has been practising yoga with Amanda for over two years
Learning how to apply yoga with a specific focus on psychological well-being requires a practice that adapts to the individual needs of each person entering this personal development program. An initial evaluation will be done at the beginning to understand and accommodate each participant’s needs, personal resources, limitations and expectations. This personalized practice includes the following components:
Relaxation and meditation practices (mindfulness-based)
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Learn to self-regulate your stress response with personal resources based on principles from yoga and health psychology.
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Increase your personal well-being with practical strategies that you can implement on your own at home.
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Reduce your anxiety level and self-regulate your emotional responses.
· Yoga origins: philosophy and ethics.
· Research findings about the benefits of yoga.
· Breathing practices to improve your nervous system function:
- Calming your stress and anxiety responses.
- Increasing your energy levels and reducing your apathy.
- Balancing your energy throughout the day.
· Practice mindfulness-based meditation.
· Informal mindfulness practices.
· Daily routines based on yogic movement.
· Self-care, the key to a long and healthy life.