Yoga Therapy, Guided Imagery and Mindfulness
Guided Imagery uses deep relaxation and the recovering of healing, peaceful, empowering images in order to access inner wisdom and guidance. Guided imagery can be very helpful in relieving stress and anxiety, healing from trauma, managing pain, releasing negative thought patterns and rehearsing desired skills or goals. Clients have found guided imagery very helpful in preparing for surgery or undergoing medical
procedures. Guided imagery empowers one to become an active member in one's healing journey and makes one clear about what would be truly supportive.
Since the body often holds emotions when there is pain, stress or trauma, there may be a disassociation from the body in order not to feel or connect with any painful experiences. Unfortunately, not only is there disconnection from the painful feelings, but also a disembodiment and disconnection from positive emotions, vitality, intuition, desires and needs. Protection and defenses are created, and one may lose a sense of themselves. Yoga and mindfulness can be a way to slowly create awareness of physical sensations, emotions, feelings and mental processes. There is then space to feel the support and grounding of the body and experience emotions as waves that don't necessarily need to be reacted to, and an opportunity to recover greater life-force. Yoga and mindfulness can be a tool to practice non judgmental compassionate awareness.
They can also be helpful in recovering a positive body image, because there is focus on the body's sensations and feelings rather than an image outside of oneself. Yoga and mindfulness meditation have also been shown to reduce stress and promote relaxation.