Yoga therapy for mental health eases the mind away from anxiety, stress, depression, obsessive thinking, and compulsive behaviors. Caroline helps you to understand the basic psychology of the human mind, and how you can utilize yogic philosophy along with movement, breathing, and meditation, to empower yourself in making choices that lead to ease rather than unhappiness. Sessions and workshops for Yoga and Depression as well as Yoga and Anxiety are a driving force in Caroline's yoga therapy practice.
Depression & Anxiety
For Yoga and depression / anxiety disorders, Caroline frequently prescribes sound along with the movement. Making sound can help let off steam, as well as bring us into the present moment. For yoga and depression in particular, the student should keep moving, and not be still too long since that can lead to a feeling of lethargy. A recommendation for yoga and mental health can include exercises such as bike riding or walking.
For Yoga and anxiety the asana practice should be done with long, smooth, deep breaths. When done correctly, this lowers your heart rate, which lowers the blood pressure, and subsequently lowers the activities of the mind. This leads to peace of mind, thus people suffering from anxiety benefit using yoga.
Useful Links for Yoga and Mental Health
Mental Health America is the nation’s largest and oldest community-based network dedicated to helping all Americans live mentally healthier lives.
From its inception in 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading patient-directed national organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses.
The spectrum of Yoga is Vast and with Eating disorders in particular Yoga can be a powerful tool. Private sessions for those suffering with this conflict will support you in understanding and addressing the complex relationship between food, body image, emotions, and behavior patterns. Caroline is privileged to offer Yoga groups for Women with Body Image Issues and Disordered Eating Patterns. Group is structured to include all varieties of disordered eating – as well as different ages. Contact Caroline if you have questions about whether the current group would be an appropriate fit for you.
Eating Disorders Society
Since 2007, Caroline has been working with the Austin Eating Disorders Society to include Yoga as an integral part of treatment, along with psychotherapy. Please contact Caroline for more information.
Useful Links for Yoga and Eating Disorders
Austin Eating Disorders Specialists represents the collaborative efforts of professionals with varied expertise in the treatment of eating disorders. AEDS’s mission is to serve as an open forum for interdisciplinary professionals to gain and disseminate knowledge of eating disorders in an effort to provide exemplary treatment and to act as a community resource.
Austin Foundation for Eating Disorders is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization on a mission to reach out to all those affected by eating disorders in the Austin area by promoting awareness & prevention, providing resources & offering encouragement and support.
NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.
Dedicated to raising awareness and providing support to people with Eating Disorders, and their loved-ones…since 1995.