It’s a fact that in this life we will all experience painful feelings and difficult life circumstances. Much of our suffering, however, comes from our attempts to deny or fight against these painful experiences. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is designed to foster and enhance our ability to connect with the present moment, no matter what painful feelings or thoughts show up. We open to the truth that pain is a part of life, and we learn that instead of attempting to avoid, escape, or control unpleasant experiences, we can create space for difficult sensations, thoughts, and feelings, and still make choices that move us toward a rich and fulfilling life. In ACT, this model for living is referred to as psychological flexibility.
While ACT can be thought of as a model for living, yoga, which translates from the sanskrit into “union”, can be thought of as model for being. The physical practice of yoga builds strength, stability, flexibility, and balance. Much more though than a physical practice, yoga encourages us to become sensitive to the fluctuations of the mind and body from day to day and minute to minute, and to take this awareness into every day life.
Focusing on how the body moves or how the breath flows trains us to to tune into our present experience. Combining ACT with mindful yoga practices allows for a methodic, systematic, engaging way of understanding and deepening mindfulness and acceptance of each present moment experience.
ACT and Mindful Yoga can be incorporated into your individual sessions, either separately or together, and is also offered as an 8 week group experience.