The first time I got in contact with yoga therapy, as a client, was 6 years ago. I had a tough time in my life and didn´t know where to go. Knowing my yoga teacher had a big network, I thought I´d ask him for an advice. But when I asked him he suggested I´d come to him for an individual yoga therapy session. I´d never thought about that but I said yes. The session was around 2 hours. He asked a lot of questions about my life, my health, emotional problems, my childhood etc. He gave me a yoga set to do every day for 40 days. When I walked out I saw the cherry trees blossom and I remembered walking out of there thinking “This was the first day of a new beginning”. I started the yoga set as a very dedicated student, every day for 40 days. I didn´t miss it once. Some days were tough, resistance showed up all the time, but I kept up. I got angry at the poses, but I continued. But sa they say: It´s not the goal in itself that is the goal, it´s the jorney that´s the goal.
That summer I went to a yoga festival, shortly after the 40 days had ended. I noticed I felt so much bliss! The difference in how I felt before the challenge and how I felt inside of me after was huge! I felt peace, love and a calmness I had not felt in years. Since then I have yoga as a part of my daily life. The first thing I do in the morning is yoga. Of course I miss it sometimes, life is like that sometimes.
What is yoga therapy?
Yoga therapy is what it sounds like: You have therapy session with a therapist. You talk about your health, normally I ask a lot of questions, and you answer. Depending on the answers you give me I decide which yoga poses and meditation is best suited for you. So the tools you get are yoga poses and meditations: a yoga program you can do at home. The program is designed for your particularly problems, addressing what you need to work with, just for you. We are all different, even though we can have the same diagnosis, it doesn´t mean that we can use exactly the same tools. That´s what is so great with having an individual session. I also include other aspects of things that can help you even more for your health, like food suggestions and other lifestyle changes you can incorporate in your life. You do the program for 40 days and after 40 days we have a follow up how you´re doing and if you need to change anything or continue.
Do I really have to do yoga every day for 40 days?
How you want to use your yoga program is totally up to you. Some of my clients do the yoga set every day for 40 days. When you do something for 40 days your habits will change. It is habits that actually affect our life and health, and to get in yoga as a routine as a habit can take 40 days. When you practice yoga every day you´ll notice the effect yoga has and of course you´ll have better benefits and results.
But you can also use the program as an individual yoga set you can do a couple of times a week. Or maybe only do some poses every day. Research has shown that only doing yoga as much as once or twice a week gives good results in your health.
So you see, it´s totally up to you. We all have different conditions in our lives. Some of us have the time it takes to do it every day and some us can´t seem to get it into our busy lives. But the most important thing is to try and to figure out how you can incorporate yoga into your life.
Which results can I expect?
Well, that depends how much yoga you do and what you want to focus on. But many say that it affects their stress levels and they become calmer. Many notice big difference when it comes to their health problems such as pain, headaches, back problems and anxiety. To do yoga as a daily practice and practice over time can make a big difference in your behavior patterns and also affect you in a spiritual way. I would describe it as this: imagine that you´re an onion and that the layers on the onion are peeled off the more you practice yoga. When you have peeled off all layers you have reached your inner soul, your higher true self.
But the only way to find out what yoga doesreally is to try it yourself! To experience the practice and what it does for you is the only way to find out.
What is included in my yoga therapy packages?
The 1-on-1 is on Skype. It works very well doing a therapy session on skype. You don´t have to go anywhere, you can be at home anywhere in the world!
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Helen Kåselöv is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist and the founder of Healing from within with yoga & food (former Yoga for Endometriosis & Pelvic pain). Helen has a history of severe endometriosis and is today helping women with endometriosis, PCOS, uterine fibroids and other pelvic pain online, with yoga, nutrition and other lifestyle changes. Using yoga both as a tool in different kinds of healing programs, pain management, yoga has become the foundation in her work. “Yoga can help you in so many ways: Physically, mentally, spiritually and as a personal development tool.”