Yoga for Mental Wellness

Stephen Lewis

Yoga for Mental Wellness NYMHCA Convention 4.12.2008

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12.Introduction What is this presentation about? Why I’m doing this work Yoga for Mental Wellness NYMHCA Convention 4.2008 2 .

“skill in action” History Yogic philosophy Yogic psychology Yoga for Mental Wellness NYMHCA Convention 4.Yoga What is it? Uniting.12.2008 3 . oneness.

12.2008 4 .Types of Yoga Hatha yoga: physical practices Karma yoga: action / work Bhakti yoga: devotion Jñana yoga: knowledge / wisdom Raja yoga: cultivation of the mind (eight-limbed path) Different practices for different people Yoga for Mental Wellness NYMHCA Convention 4.

12.2008 5 .An eight-limbed path From Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras Yama – restraints Niyama – observances Asana – postures Pranayama – breathing exercises Pratyahara – ‘sense withdrawal’ Dharana – focused concentration Dhyana – meditation Samadhi – total absorption (enlightenment) Yoga for Mental Wellness NYMHCA Convention 4.

” Three Stages Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Person.Holistic Applications Mindfulness: Equanimous awareness of present moment experience Kripalu Yoga approach: “Nonjudgmental introspective focus during the coordination of breath and movement – a meditation in motion.& body-centered transformation Therapist supports client in gentle yoga postures Yoga for Mental Wellness NYMHCA Convention 4.12.2008 6 .

Benefits of Yoga Physiological Cognitive / Emotional Psycho-spiritual Yoga for Mental Wellness NYMHCA Convention 4.12.2008 7 .

12.2008 8 .Physiological benefits Strength Flexibility Balance Bone density Weight loss Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Circulation Oxygen absorption efficiency Yoga for Mental Wellness NYMHCA Convention 4.

2008 9 .Cognitive – Emotional benefits Access to emotion Mood state Stress relief Coping skills Motivation Acceptance Resilience Yoga for Mental Wellness NYMHCA Convention 4.12.

2008 10 .12.Psycho-spiritual benefits The original purpose of yoga Expanded worldview Meaning-making Connection to a high power/ universe Faith (in life / reality) Experience of oneness Transcendence Yoga for Mental Wellness NYMHCA Convention 4.

2008 11 . Lowen – Bioenergetics Body Psychotherapy Acceptance-based approach John Kabat-Zinn – Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Yoga Psychotherapy ? Yoga for Mental Wellness NYMHCA Convention 4.Body-Mind in Psychotherapy Somatic psychotherapies: Wilhelm Reich – body armor /orgone A.12.

2008 12 .12.Clinical Applications Anxiety Depression Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Bipolar disorder Substance recovery Schizophrenia Yoga for Mental Wellness NYMHCA Convention 4.

12. reducing stress Balances the biochemistry of the brain Certain practices stimulate the vagus nerve (to treat depression) Develops the ability to control one’s state of mind. Yoga for Mental Wellness NYMHCA Convention 4.2008 13 .Clinical Applications Studies show that practicing Yoga: Increases oxytosin and prolactin levels. improving mood Reduces cortisol levels.

Healing Mind and Body: Using Therapeutic Yoga in the Treatment of Schizophrenia. Rampes H. Hatha yoga for individuals in alcoholism recovery. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering. Addiction Recovery: Wagner. E.. et al. A. 399-402. Mohan. G. Mueser. 547. R.12. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. R. xxiii. T. Sherman. B. C.. Schizophrenia: Visceglia. (pp. & Wolfe. T. US: Blackwell Publishing... 17.. R. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.89: 13–24. Psychobiology of posttraumatic stress disorders: A decade of progress (Vol. Journal of Personality and Clinical Studies. J Affect Disord 2005. Clinical implications of neuroscience research in PTSD. (1998). PTSD: van der Kolk. Yehuda (2006). (2007). 59 (5-B). A.. Osborne. D. . Mood State: Lavey. & Kacker. (2005). D. Malden. Kirkwood G.Clinical Research Findings Effectiveness of yogic techniques in the management of anxiety. M. The effects of yoga on mood in psychiatric inpatients. K. 51-55. Yoga for Mental Wellness NYMHCA Convention 4. D. Depression: Pilkington K.2008 14 Anxiety: Sahasi. (1989). MA. Yoga for depression: The research evidence. 28(4).. International Journal of Yoga Therapy. from R. Currier. 1071). 277-293). 5(1).

Therapeutic factors of Yoga Internal awareness & knowledge Realizing the internal locus of control Self-acceptance & self-love Body.2008 15 . mind. heart. practical techniques The yoga tool bag Yoga for Mental Wellness NYMHCA Convention 4. and spirit Tangible.12.

2008 16 .12. stressful situation.g. depressive episode. substance use urge) Discipline motivation An offering: try-it-yourself-and-see approach Thanking yourself promotes encouragement and appreciation Yoga for Mental Wellness NYMHCA Convention 4.Practical helpfulness Self-help skill-building daily practice to maintain balance to use as needed (e..

Potential concerns Acceptability: religious conflict? Dissociation Spiritual bypass Agitation Mania Psychosis Directive or non-directive? Compliance External and internal Yoga for Mental Wellness NYMHCA Convention 4.12.2008 17 .

R. Yoga for Mental Wellness NYMHCA Convention 4. Honesdale. (2000).N. Psychotherapy East and West: a unifying paradigm. Faulds. Yoga for depression. & Swami Ajaya. Kripalu yoga. New York: Bantam Dell. Delhi. India: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Private Limited. Ballentine.2008 18 . R. Swami Rama. A.Psychotherapeutic Yoga Resources: Ajaya. (1976). PA: The Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy. Honesdale. (1997). New York: Broadway Books. Udupa. Yoga and psychotherapy: the evolution of consciousness. Stress and its management by yoga. PA: The Himalayan International Institute of Yoga Science and Philosophy. (2006). K. (2004).12. Weintraub. Swami.

2008 19 .Conclusion Yoga psychotherapy: an emerging field Contact and collaboration: stephen@yogapsychotherapy.4685 Questions? Yoga for Mental Wellness NYMHCA Convention 4.12.org 917.723.

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