Psychotherapy is a collaborative introspective process and it can be enriched by meditation and yoga practices. These practices open another window through which to contemplate, as you silence your mind and listen to your body. Our mind is a miraculous tool for thinking that allows us to do unfathomable things. Yet sometimes it becomes too powerful and loses itself in itself. The mind can take over and the jabber of thoughts can prevent us from seeing and thinking with clarity. We can have the impression that our mind has become our greatest enemy. At times the intensity of life creates such a high level of stress that it seems impossible to experience deep rest, nourishing sleep, or the tranquility and clarity needed for making a right choice. We can add a guided meditation on a specific issue to our therapy sessions. Or you can have a guided journey of Yoga Nidra and/or a Shakti Yoga session.
Our mind is a miraculous tool that allows us to do unfathomable things
In the practice of meditation and Nidra, we enter into the work directly via the mind, and in Shakti Yoga, we enter through the body. These practices can be complementary to the psychotherapy, or an alternative to it, as another porthole into the exploration of that which has brought you here. In my work, I also offer these practices “stand-alone”. They are powerful tools of personal development in and of themselves. In addition, I teach Yoga Nidra and Shakti Yoga to groups in the context of women’s circles. If you want more information on these collective experiences, feel free to contact me.
Sitting meditation is an invitation to enter this silence and discover the beauty of coherence. We can clear the mist of confusion, create a path of focus through our conflicting thoughts. When you come to see me, you may already have a meditation practice and we can continue using this technique to shine light on the problem you came to solve. These are simple techniques, but they are often quite difficult to implement if you are a beginner and alone. If you have not yet practiced meditation, I would be honored to teach you.
Meditation is about becoming friends with who we are, freeing us from our harsh judgement of ourselves
Meditation is a way of training your attention as well as a change of attitude towards yourself. On the level of thoughts, meditation is about becoming friends with your mind, to diminish its role as a tyrant, and allow the mind to reclaim its role as our best ally, at the service of our life and our flourishing. On the level of who we are, meditation is about freeing us from our harsh judgement of ourselves, and developing true kindness towards ourselves. Through this open and loving acceptance, we discover wholeness and how the contours of our lives become softer. Life's situations become less threatening. Challenges seem less frightening, and our self-confidence grows day by day. Meditation is the meeting point of discipline and softness. It is like two wings of a bird: mastery over the mind (discipline) and love for oneself (softness).
Yoga Nidra is a form of meditation that is practiced lying down in a position of total comfort. It is a very powerful way to practice, despite the fact that it unfolds naturally and with no effort. In this state of zero desire for movement, an unequaled receptivity emerges, and the pure pleasure of comfort dissolves resistance. You are freed of your tension, of the weight of responsibility, of the need to please others. As you settle I guide you on a journey through different layers of your consciousness. I will walk you through states of wakefulness, hypnosis, trance, and sleep. As you journey through these spaces you are opened up to the deliciousness of deep quality rest. When this state of restfulness settles within you, the world becomes less threatening. Yoga Nidra allows for healing of insomnia, anxiety, all forms of stress reactions. It opens up your creativity. It helps you to solve complex problems or deal with specific questions related to your life. It boosts the immune system and alleviates chronic pain. As a patient, you will get access to resources of guided Nidras that you can practice at home.
Shakti Yoga is a form of yoga created by women for women. This feminine and fluid yoga invites your body to flow through circular movements that connect you to the way your body naturally wants to move, in order to unblock our joints, our emotions, our tensions. Shakti Yoga connects us to pleasure, joy, and love for ourselves. It is an intimate and personal practice that I teach individually and in groups. For more information, you can contact me. I will be happy to explain to you in more depth how this works and what benefits it can bring you.