Yoga and Talk™, developed by Kelly Inselmann and Anita Stoll, integrates yoga with psychotherapy in the belief that consciously combining these approaches complements and enhances the effectiveness of each.
Yoga has a powerful effect on the central nervous system. Practicing yoga just prior to therapy interrupts cycles of stress and negative self talk, allowing participants to create a shift in their internal state towards a feeling of well being, relaxation, and hope. Coming from a relaxed state, they engage more readily in the therapy process and are more open to receiving the wisdom, comfort, support (and sometimes confrontation!) they need from others. The yoga trains us to observe changes in our minds, bodies, and emotions; the group offers social interaction, skills building, and the opportunity to relate to one another from our true selves.
The ability to self soothe and regulate one’s emotions allows individuals to tolerate frustration, disappointment, painful emotions, and life’s difficulties in and out of the therapy office. Yoga practice and psychotherapy literally help you get strong enough (both your mind and your nervous system) to “move through” difficult situations and painful feelings without shutting down, running away, or acting out. The result is greater clarity, more energy and stamina, and hope for the future.
In this age of distraction, overstimulation, fear, and unbalance, both yoga and psychotherapy can provide an integrative experience of safety, focus, balance, and healing.
Anita and Kelly teach from their personal practices and training in different yoga lineages. They endeavor to honor and respect the yoga traditions and religious denominations of all individuals.
We currently offer Yoga and Talk Programs for:
“It’s very striking that there’s nothing in western culture that teaches us that we can learn to master our own physiology— solutions always come from outside, starting with relationships, and if those fail, alcohol or drugs. Yoga teaches us that there are things we can do to change our brainstem arousal system, our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems and to quiet the brain.” Yoga and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: An Interview with Bessel van der Kolk, MD – Integral Yoga Magazine (2009), pp. 12-13