Many people retain stress and anxiety throughout their lives, and although it may not present itself all at once, the pain and discomfort you feel in your body can be directly related to this. We have the ability to respond to any situation, oftentimes reacting with stress; when stress is presented, our bodies create an unhealthy state in our beings. This is where yoga therapy comes into play. Besides helping to combat stress, yoga therapy is also used to treat many other conditions. This ability to treat conditions in a natural manner is what has led us to providing yoga therapy in West Hartford. Below is a list of some of the conditions we can help:

  • Heart disease
  • Shoulder and neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Hip, knee, hand, and feet ailments
  • Digestive issues
  • Functional movement
  • Posture and structure
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Sleep issues
  • Weight loss

At Kula Yoga Therapy our goal is to help you find true relief by enhancing your body’s energy and well-being. When you come in for your yoga therapy session, you are not just getting a workout; instead, we will take an in-depth look at what you are doing regularly to discover what is working for you and help you enhance these habits, and to also replace unhealthy ones with more beneficial practices. By studying your natural body patterns and behaviors, we are able to pinpoint your stresses that are likely to cause of dysfunction throughout your body. This leads us to be able to assist you in natural joint pain relief and other extremely beneficial treatments for conditions affecting your life.

The Pancamaya Kosha Model

Yoga Therapy at Kula Yoga Therapy uses the Pancamaya Kosha model. This model is based on the idea that we are multidimensional beings made up of layers; we are not just a physical body.  Panca means five, maya means all-pervading, and kosha can be described as sheath or layer. As the name suggests, we have five layers that are interconnected and interdependent on one another. The analogies of Russian nesting dolls or an onion are often used to describe the koshas. The outer most layer is our physical body. This is the obvious part of who we are. Beneath the physical body is the energy body, and this relates to the breath, chakra system and the way our energy moves in our body. The next step inward is where the mental and emotional body is, and this is where our thoughts and feelings reside. Going even deeper, we find the wisdom and intuition body, where the depths of our experiences have become a deep knowing, nonjudgmental, and insightful. At our core we find the bliss body. This is the most subtle part of our human existence that recognizes its nature as being connected to all of life, is compassion, love, joy, and trusts in our boundless potential. These five layers are all present all of the time, and they are always at play in our life, health and well being. Using this as a road-map, Yoga therapy works to create balance within all of these dimensions, to find the most complete healing possible.

Each session is customized to fit your specific individualized needs. After an assessment is done, we will work together to discover what your goals are, and create a treatment plan to help you accomplish these. Often there is a combination of practices used to help you.  Some of the common tools we use are listed below:

  • Yoga poses (asana)
  • Alignment assessment and adjustments in poses and daily movement
  • Manual assists and stretching
  • Breathing (pranayama)
  • Mindfulness techniques
  • Visualization
  • Meditation
  • Music – listening and possibly chanting
  • Reiki
  • Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep)
  • Ayurveda

Whether you are seeking to start implementing yoga for depression or other chronic mental battles, or you are seeking natural joint pain relief, stop in to learn how yoga therapy in West Hartford could help you. We will be happy to explain to you in person the benefits of yoga therapy and the myriad of ways it can help bring healing in your life.