Well-being is a skill – Richard Davidson
As a psychologist and yoga teacher, Lana’s aims is to help you develop a deeper understanding of your own health and wellbeing from a yoga therapy perspective. She studied clinical and neuropsychology at Utrecht University, and completed her yoga teacher training at Arhanta Yoga in India. She started her career doing research into brain-based therapeutic techniques, then continued her path as a psychologist in the clinical field, and now is further specializing in yoga therapy. Her expertise lies in yoga therapy for mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and stress-related issues.
Lana is offering individual yoga therapy sessions at different locations in Amsterdam. You can also reach out to her for private sessions at home or in your company. For more information, please send her a message through the contact page.
You can also make an appointment.
What is yoga therapy?
Yoga therapy is the application of yoga practice for therapeutic purposes and to prevent health issues. Yoga in itself was originally developed as a contemplative practice with the aim of self-realization, not as a treatment approach. However, all aspects of yoga contribute to a healthy lifestyle and healthy psychological functioning. Growing evidence shows that yoga is effective in preventing and curing a range of physical and mental problems. Therefore, integrating yoga with modern medicine is highly beneficial as a clinical intervention.
In yoga therapy, both physical and mental problems are conceptualized as a consequence of negative patterns that can cause disbalances in your body and mind. Therefore, the approach of yoga therapy is to teach you to become aware of these patterns, and subsequently you will learn to balance yourself again through simple life skills.
Yoga therapy is not solely about the treatment of a disorder or diagnosis; anyone can benefit from practicing yoga. So even if you do not experience severe problems, but just want to find more balance in your life, you can enroll in a yoga therapy programme. This may be even a better starting point than only seeking treatment once problems arise. Preventing extreme disbalance is better than the need to cure. However, if you have developed health issues that require treatment, you will learn how to cope with the problem, how to bring back balance and how to maintain it.
How does yoga therapy work?
In a few words, yoga therapy is about cultivating self-awareness and self-care skills.
Your life is constantly changing, but certain patterns keep returning. These patterns may be a vulnerability, negatively affecting your well-being. If you can recognize these patterns and gradually change them, you can cultivate a healthy body and mind. In the individual yoga therapy programme, you are guided through the process of developing self-awareness and self-care skills. Different aspects of yoga practice contribute to this process, including physical exercise (asana), meditation/mindfulness, but also a balanced diet and positive thinking. If necessary, the programme is combined with psychological therapies, such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT).
It is a gradual process, in which you learn to make changes step by step, steps towards a healthy lifestyle and more balance in your body and mind. After the yoga therapy sessions, the process does not end; you have just created a solid foundation of life skills that you can use for self-care. You will benefit from these skills for the rest of your life.
Who can benefit from yoga therapy?
In general, yoga therapy is suitable for anyone seeking more balance, health and wellbeing in their life.
In addition, yoga therapy is effective in the treatment of both physical and mental health issues, such as:
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Stress or burn-out
- Eating disorders
- Sleeping difficulties
- Chronic pain
Do you want to know how yoga therapy can help you? Feel free to contact me. If you send me a message with your name, e-mail address and phone number I will provide further information.