Yoga with Hypnotherapy 

What is Yoga?

More than five thousand years old, Yoga is a gift of India to the world. The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root Yuj, which means “Union.” In yogic terminology, this union connotes the union of one’s soul with the Supreme Soul or the Supreme Power called God. In simple words, Yoga can be delineated as an outstanding method of self-development and self-realization.

There are many different forms and styles of Yoga. Today, in this modern era, yoga is reckoned more as a system of exercises that enables one to attain good health and  to get rid of the notorious diseases. Unlike other forms and styles of exercises, yoga is not just the exercise of the body. It tones-up the mind as well. Yoga is mind, body, and spirit in symphony. It is a great tranquilizer.

How do I use Yoga with Hypnotherapy?

If you have spent any time at all doing Yoga, whether it be Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Kundalini, Tantra, or the number of other styles of yoga, a couple things are always prevalent and that is the relaxation pose that is done before and after a session and sometimes intermittently between poses.

 

Why is this?  this time of relaxation, called Savasana (shah-VAHS-anna) or Corpse Pose; you connect with your inner being and replenish your energy. Your focus is on the present moment and on your breathing. These things create an improved sense of well-being. You feel rejuvenated and more aware of your body.

 

Many people experience an altered state of mind; a state of total clarity or even euphoria. For most, it takes time, patience, and practice to achieve this trance-like state.  But you can learn to achieve this state quickly in the comfort of hypnotherapy.  As a Hypnotherapist and a certified Yoga Instructor, I can teach you in a hypnotherapy session, how to get in that tranquil state of mind, so that you can feel even more relaxed and  keep that nice tranquil state of mind for longer durations of time, so while you are meditating in yoga, your mind relaxes quickly,  your mind becomes calm, as well as your emotions and thoughts. 

 

Similar to meditation, in that you reach the same or even deeper levels of mind; is hypnosis. To achieve a state of hypnosis, you close your eyes, focus on your breathing, and relax every muscle in your body; the same way that you do in your final savasana in yoga.

 

However, unlike meditation where you don't think, in Hypnotherapy (hypnosis) you 'do' think. Hypnosis is a natural tie-in to yoga for the fact that it will help you to achieve deeper levels of relaxation during your yoga practice, help you to continue your focus on your breathing, and if practiced regularly, will bring about a more calm state of mind to begin with.

 

One of the benefits in doing Hypnosis, over any other relaxation technique, is the suggestibility aspect of hypnosis. During hypnosis, when your subconscious mind is open and listening, you receive suggestions, 

such as "I am improving each day" or "I can go beyond old limitations", or whatever you would like to think or do, to progress in your daily routine or for living a healthy lifestyle. 

There are many many affirmations that we can create before entering the state of hypnosis and I repeat them to your subconscious mind. Once your subconscious mind hears these thoughts, it will become a part of your natural thinking process and these ideas will support you in your yoga practice and your every day life. 

 

Another way Hypnotherapy works is suggestions through visualization. Visualization, although for some can be weak in the beginning, but can definitely be strengthened over time. Some people are just more naturally visual than others and if you are not one who is, it is a very valuable skill that can be learned through Hypnotherapy over time.   And perhaps you may benefit more from simply hearing the affirmations.

Or you may be what is called a kinesthetic person and instead of seeing those ideas, you can experience the feelings moving through your body during hypnosis.

In either case, you can take some time in hypnosis to explore through visualization, any problem areas you are having in your yoga practice; such as getting more balance during balancing poses, or being able to stretch further, or having the strength to endure some of those more strenuous poses for longer periods of time as well as being more calm, taking away any anxieties, fears, etc...  and to live a very healthy, happy, long productive life. 

If you would like more information on how Hypnotherapy can work with your Yoga class or you have any questions, please feel free to email me and I will get back with you promptly. 

Email:   darlene@darlenemcdowell.com     

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                         YOGA VIDEOS  

If interested in Yoga, or wanting to try it out first before going to a class, here are some videos that I would like to share with you. (18 years and older)   

Please read the Disclaimer before attempting the yoga exercises in this video or any Yoga videos on this site. 

Click on > Disclaimer 

This  first video is a shared video via YouTube:  Yoga by Candace.

I think it is a very good video for using the stability ball with Yoga.  

This second video is GREAT for Beginners.  I think you will enjoy learning the basics.

This video is a shared video via Youtube : Yoga with Adriene.

    Kimberly Churn Credentials:                                            Darlene McDowell Credentials:

Hypnotherapy Certification SW Institute of Healing Arts        Hypnosis Motivation Institute College of Hypnotherapy      Occupational Degree Mind Body Transformational Psychology      Fowler Wainwright International Masters Life Coaching      SWIHA Aromatherapy Certification                               HMI Certification Handwriting Analysis and Profiler

SWIHA Chakra Certification                                     AHA Certification Hypnosis Specialist for PTSD     

Certified Transformational Coach SWIHA                         Certification Hypnosis and Weight Loss Specialist    Certified Professional Life Coach Transformation Academy       AHA Certification for Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation                                                                         AHA Certification for Neuro Linguistic Programming

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                                                               AHA Certification Hypnosis Specializing in Trauma Recovery

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                                                              Darlene McDowell has worked with Actors, Entertainers, Music                                                                Artists and Athletes. She was an agent and Life Coach 20+ yrs                                                                as a franchised agent w/ the Screen Actors Guild & the                                                                      American Federation of Television & Radio Artists.

 

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