YOGA AND GUIDED MEDITATION
I BELIEVE IN YOGA AND MEDITATION not because a famous Guru or someone with a Ph.D wrote a book about it, it's because I've experienced the profound changes it has made in my life over the last 20 years. It has become my lifelong friend as well as my sanctuary that I can count on to help me control my anxiety, as well as physical pain.
The branch of Yoga that I focus on is classical Hatha Yoga, derived from ancient Vedic texts that emphasizes physical exercises (postures called asanas) to master the body along with mind (inner awareness) as well as exercises to withdraw it from external objects (attachments to unnecessary distractions). It also emphasizes proper diet and proper breathing (pranayama). All of this combined can create balance of the mind, body and spirit.
Along with Yoga comes Meditation. I have always practiced meditiation, but I was fortunate enough to experience 10 days of intense study at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA. Many of the workshops were lead by Rolph Sovik, Clinical Psychologist and Spiritual Director of the Institute. I learned easy and fun ways about how to meditate, which made it seem less intimidaitng and daunting. I also learned about Ayurvedic cooking, using herbs and spices as well as a nurturing diet that suits my specific Dosha (physical constitution), which fueled my interest in Ayurvedic medicine—something that I would like to pursue further.
One last thing about Yoga: It is not meant to be practiced as a religion. There is no praying to a God, or Diety. It is meant to teach skills that help promote inner peace and harmony, which may help one to connect with their own higher personal source. Yoga is just a way of life.
***I also teach private sessions in my office for $50.00 per hour.