It’s a rather dismal and gloomy day here in NYC, which we admit does have us feeling a bit somber and detached. While days like this can offer a welcomed respite from the steady stream of madness, sometimes they can make you feel more secluded and alone than a big city like this does normally. And so our mind wandered to the yog, as it often does whether we want it to or not, and we got to thinking about the intention of yoga, the “union” to manifest connectedness and oneness.
And then we saw this article about yoga integration in the field of Psychotherapy. It’s an enlightening piece about how some people use yoga to overcome rough patches of grief or depression and how social workers are beginning to use yoga methods, especially breathing techniques, in a professional setting to elevate patients from the depths of loneliness and despondency – which is what often gets us down, the feeling that we are alone.
We’ve mentioned how medical practitioners, and fashion designers, are seeing the positive effects of yoga in patients and are willing to take initiatives to explore further. Although there can be a mental/emotional element, that takes a beneficial backseat to the physical aspect of a yoga practice, which is to say there’s less of the hippie new-agey stigma nowadays and actual science involved (this is a good thing). However, when you get into the subject of the mind, and yoga philosophy seeps into the Psychotherapy mix, it raises the question once again of yoga “beliefs” and threatens to discount the work that has been done to get past the notion that yoga influences, or is influenced by, religion. There is certainly a fine and blurred line and we hope that esoteric talk doesn’t put people off. Then again, we could be totally paranoid and our gray matter consumed by the grayness outside our window.
Off the Couch and Onto the Mat [CommonGroundMag]