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Nurturing Body, Mind, Soul, and Spirit

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Nurturing Body, Mind, Soul, and Spirit

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Yoga and meditation center us and effect psycho-spiritual healing.

“The physical body is not only a temple for our soul, but the means by which we embark on the inward journey toward the core.” – B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on Life.

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit?” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.

The above quotes represent a sample of some core beliefs of yoga philosophy and Christianity. They are an example of the common threads that connect us all, no matter what our religious or spiritual path may be. In our work together, I may encourage you to identify and work with your spiritual ideals. Additionally, I offer person-centered, value-sensitive care!  So, to support your personal growth, I offer a sample of the many available psycho-spiritual resources. Thanks.

Because yoga is such a health-promoting and popular integrative and holistic therapy, I highly recommend it. As a yoga therapist, I often encourage and guide my clients in practicing yoga, meditation, and breath work. The active forms of yoga that include familiar postures build strength and resilience. However, in today’s stressful world, many more people benefit from restorative yoga, which provides a deep relaxation experience. Even Hatha Yoga, which promotes physical well-being, enhances our psycho-spiritual health. Importantly, yoga has historically been intended to prepare for meditation. 

Meditation brings health benefits to the whole person because it harmonizes the body, mind, and spirit. In Christian spirituality, contemplation is another word for a form of prayer or meditation in which a person seeks to pass beyond mental images and concepts to a direct experience of the divine. No matter what your spiritual path may be, research has shown that meditation is as effective as Lexapro for alleviating anxiety. It is vital to recognize that when practicing Hatha Yoga, past or current trauma may surface in the form of intense emotions or body memories. Because of this, I encourage you to pace your yoga practice and be gentle with yourself.

Woman meditating by the sea as a symbol of psycho-spiritual healing
Meditation heals the body, mind, and soul.

Breath work, an essential component of yoga, can connect us to our vital force and help us relax if done correctly. Also known as pranayama, breath work powerfully enhances psycho-spiritual healing. However, it is best to start slowly to not overstimulate emotional release beyond what is comfortable. Keeping this in mind, here are some of the best breathing exercises for anxiety.  For more information, see these research articles on breath work and the beneficial aspects of controlled breathing and cyclic sighing.

Another helpful yogic practice is alternate nostril breathing and the related ultradian rhythm balancing. Click here to learn more about balancing and controlling your right and left-brain hemispheres.

In summary, if you are interested in yoga, meditation, or breathing exercises as part of your healing journey, please contact me for guidance, encouragement, and emotional support. Also, please see my Blog, Spiritual Practices. Thanks.

These apps are excellent and very popular. However, do proceed with caution. It is generally recommended to be trained with an experienced yoga teacher for optimal safety. Yoga must be practiced with care, as injuries or emotional distress may occur if the asana (poses) or pranayama (breathing exercises) are done improperly. If yoga practice is new to you, please begin slowly and mindfully.

Find What Feels Good (App Store, Google Play)

Yoga | Daily Yoga for Everyone (App Store, Google Play

Yoga for Beginners | Mind+Body (App Store, Google Play)

Yoga on ledge in beauty -Yoga promotes psycho-spiritual healing
Yoga can be done anywhere!
Relax and Renew book cover
Yoga for Wellness book cover
Care of the Soul by Thomas Moore
Conscious Loving book image
The Body Keeps the Score book cover
When the Body Says No book cover
white lotus blossom- nature healing promotes psycho -spiritual healing
Being close to nature connects us with our souls and spirit.

“You can’t base your life on other people’s expectations.”–Stevie Wonder

This psycho-spiritual resources page provides links to some valuable information related to integrative mental health. Because we are all unique and heal in deeply personal ways, some links may not apply to you. Regarding your individual spiritual path, I encourage you to ask yourself, “What are my spiritual ideals?” Then do your best to apply them in your life.  Blessings,  Deborah.

For more information, see Blogs, Soul Care,


and Spiritual Practices.

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