One of the most rewarding aspects of working at The Sanctuary is witnessing the profound transformations clients undergo during the process of recovery and change.
Essentially this process arises from the synergy of treatments creating a nurturing environment allowing clients to develop an awareness of their strengths and weaknesses and develop skillful tools to adapt with more ease in the world.
Yoga is one of the modalities here that allows the insights of psychotherapy to go deeper. What one initially develops in yoga practice is an awareness of the body; its muscles and fibers and what feels comfortable and uncomfortable and how to move in that body in a non-aggressive and non-mechanical way.
The word “yoga” is normally associated with health and well being. Working in the body in such a way allows us to develop an aliveness that surpasses the ‘no pain, no gain” mantra still imposed by more mechanical training regimes.
Through yoga, we learn to inhabit our bodies rather than treat them like cars in which we never check the oil levels or tyre pressure or even maintain on a regular basis. Through yoga, our bodies become once again, the important vehicles through which we exist and act upon the world. Yet ultimately, yoga training develops the mind. We develop a capacity to observe what is going on in the body and transfer this skill to the mind in meditation.
At this point, in what is called “mindfulness practice” does the yoking of yoga and psychotherapy occur. As you learn to watch the mind you develop insight into your feelings and processes which the psychotherapists can expand upon and help you to develop a clearer perspective. The mindfulness of yoga is no other than the mindfulness strived for in psychotherapy – with both modalities ultimately working together in synergy to develop a clearer mind.
From my observation, this depth of field develops exponentially together than if you were to pursue these activities in isolation. The uniqueness of the Sanctuary programmes is that synergies are always sought between different therapies and this holistic focus is what sets us apart.
Senior Yoga Consultant
The Sanctuary Byron Bay