In my work as a therapist, I often find that integrating yoga and mindfulness into the process helps my clients get the most out of therapy. Yoga and mindfulness can help people learn how to focus on the present moment and to be aware of their bodies, which can be helpful in therapy sessions. In addition, practicing yoga and mindfulness can help people learn how to cope with difficult emotions and thoughts. I have found that, with practice, these tools are beneficial for my clients both in and outside of the therapy session.
I also find that when I am practicing yoga and mindfulness personally, I am a more effective therapist. Yoga and mindfulness help me to stay grounded and present in the moment without being swept away in my own thinking. They help me to cope with difficult emotions and thoughts as they may arise in session. In addition, they help me to be more compassionate and understanding with my clients, because if I know what is going on in my own present moment experience I can be more empathetic to what is going on in my clients.
Yoga, mindfulness, and mental health counseling are all important tools that can help people to improve their overall well being. When used together, they can be incredibly effective in helping people to heal from stress, anxiety, depression, and trauma and manage the difficult emotions that often accompany struggles. I am grateful for the opportunity to teach these practices and witness the transformation that they can bring about in my clients’ lives.
Do you have personal experience with yoga, mindfulness, or mental health counseling? How have these practices helped you in your life? Thanks for reading!
By Taylor Nelms, MA, E-RYT 500
Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern (IMH22284)
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