DBT of South Jersey has it’s own private yoga studio! Our beautiful space was created with the intention of creating an environment that feels peaceful and safe. Our classes adhere to trauma informed guidelines, and are primarily taught by therapists.
More and more research is showing the positive impact of a yoga and mindfulness practice on recovery from depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This makes yoga an excellent holistic option and often missing piece for those working on healing the mind-body. Many therapy modalities are top-down approaches, meaning they address mainly the cognitive piece (targeting the mind) in healing, but missing the remainder of the person. We have often heard clients in recovering from PTSD say, “I know it isn’t real now, but it still feels that way”-this is where therapy can sometimes fail clients and yoga comes in as a necessary resource for whole healing.
Trauma, depression, addiction and many other struggles can put a deep strain on the relationship between a person and their own body. Some begin to resent or even hate the very body they are living in, making it feel impossible to recover from the symptoms that are keeping them in that dark place. For many, this dark cycle leads to hopelessness that can feel unending. The definition of yoga in simple terms means union, with a goal being to unite the self from a place of compassion and understanding. This is why yoga at our practice can help.
Research has also shown that part of how we feel emotionally is triggered by our facial expressions and body postures. Our bodies communicate how we are feeling to our brain, so by changing our body, we can influence our emotional state. For example, feeling calm while your body is tensed is unlikely. Therefore, letting go of tension is an opposite action practice that will allow anxiety to decrease while feelings of calm or peace begin to surface. Yoga can be a wonderful first step to those experiencing difficulty with developing a meditation practice, as yoga is a moving mindfulness practice. Though it is not all sitting in silence, yoga can help develop the same “mindfulness muscle” in our brains.
Private yoga classes offer an opportunity for you to receive individual guidance, direction, safety and support for your yoga practice.
Teachers are able to fine-tune the class to your needs based on your history, abilities, and goals. An open dialogue allows for asking questions and getting feedback in real time.
Whether you feel apprehensive about joining a group class, want to cultivate a therapeutic yoga practice or simply want personalized services, private instruction is a great option!