At the core of this philosophy is the yogic and Ayurvedic view. These ancient technologies understand the mind as a fluid process in constant relationship to our environment and every other changing force in nature. The mind is not viewed as a static or tangible “thing”, but instead a flexible emanation of our overall energy state.
Yoga and Ayurveda uphold the importance of treating the mind through all three centers of being: body, heart and mind. Therefore while talk therapy is effective in certain aspects of treatment, Yoga Psychotherapy incorporates many body-based interventions, but even more importantly, subtle practices that can introduce us to the deepest and most intimate parts of ourselves. Through this holistic approach we are able to recalibrate our inner and outer experiences in very profound and meaningful ways.
Ayurveda breaks down all of manifestation into 5 elements (earth, water, fire, wind and space). When we are living in balance with these elements we experience health. We are also comprised of these elements, which are categorized into 3 main constitutions (doshas): Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Each of these doshas have virtuous mental qualities when in balance and debilitating ones when in excess.
In balance: Creative, flexible, quickness of thought and great spiritual potential with deep sensitivity to subtle energies.
Out of balance: Overly sensitive, anxious, poor memory retention, restless and scattered.
In balance: Joyful, sharp intellect, driven, courageous, leader and organized.
Out of balance: Anger, rage, egoic, judgmental, controlling.
In balance: loving, calm, grounded, nurturing, reliable, even-tempered
Out of balance: lethargic, overly attached to people and things, depressive, stubborn.