Yogi Living Ashram

Yoga Therapy

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healing yoga

yoga for self healing

Yoga therapy combines physical postures, breath techniques, and meditation or relaxation to promote well-being and improve physical and mental health. It is a safe and effective way to work with the body and mind to optimize well-being.

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yoga therapy

from the heart

What is yoga therapy?

Yoga therapy is a holistic approach that combines physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation to promote overall well-being and improve physical and mental health problems. It is tailored to focus on each person’s needs and goals. The aim is to empower them to move towards better health and well-being.

Yoga therapy is used to ease symptoms of depression and anxiety, recover from chemotherapy, manage diabetes, and reduce stress and improve sleep. It is a safe and effective way to work with the body and mind to optimize well-being.

the effect of stress

Accumulated stress is common in people who work in chronically stressful situations. It results from stress factors such as heavy workload, poor communications, frustration, coping with feeling powerless, and being unable to relax. These can lead to a build-up of stress blocks, which worsen the effects of stress. The result is near constant feelings of tiredness, lack of focus and irritation.

As stress accumulates, it can lead to physical and emotional symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, depression, agitation, and chronic headaches. Left unchecked, cumulative stress has serious consequences, including an increased risk of suicide. It is essential to recognize signs of cumulative stress and take steps to manage it. This means making changes to prioritize self-care, seek support from others, and find healthy coping mechanisms.

Wellness is the complete integration of body, mind, and spirit – the realization that everything we do, think, feel, and believe has an effect on our state of well-being.

yoga therapy and healing

We use a holistic approach to yoga therapy because people need more than a just a remedy for physical ailments. To heal completely we have to work on all levels of the person: physical, emotional, mental, energetic, and spiritual. Mental inbalance in particular, such as nervousness and dark thoughts, often have their roots in the energy body.

Using a 3-step process that combines yoga therapy with emotional release work, we help our clients first establish a positive relationships with themselves. This is the key to transforming lives.

an emotional and physical reset

During the 3-step process clients are freed from hurtful past relationships and life traumas. We need to release these stuck emotions before creating a positive energy frequency, or we can easily be sucked back into habitual negative patterns. This is needed to open the door to new possibilities. It is a complete emotional and physical reset.

We help you build a positive foundation for creating the kinds of relationships that you long for. You meet new relationships with more balance, more freedom and positivity and with an open heart.

a foundation for health

The healthcare sector is increasingly incorporating therapeutic yoga into their programs. This is a trend that likely will continue as the documented positive benefits of yoga become more widely known. This is especially true for mental and emotional wellbeing.

It only requires a few simple yoga methods to greatly improve mental health, helping clients feel more optimistic and safe in their bodies. Studies indicate that yoga, mindfulness, and meditation are better long-term solutions for nervousness and negative thoughts than medication. Medication may also lose its effect over time and can be addictive.

yoga therapy and medical yoga

While both Yoga Therapy and Mediyoga share a foundation in yoga. Yoga Therapy is more personalized and uses various yoga styles to treat specific health issues. Mediyoga follows a more structured approach focusing on the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems and is generally less physically intense.

Only qualified medical practitioners are allowed to practice MediYoga and the practices used are limited to those validated by clinical research.

Sun Salutation | Yoga Therapy

Benefits of yoga Therapy

Yoga therapy is a comprehensive practice that integrates physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation to enhance physical, mental, and emotional health. The numerous benefits of yoga therapy can be categorized into several key areas:

physical benefits

Improved flexibility and balance: Engaging in yoga regularly helps to increase flexibility, balance, and range of motion, which lowers the risk of injuries and improves overall physical function.

Reduced stress and anxiety: Yoga is effective in reducing stress hormones, such as cortisol, promoting relaxation and a sense of calmness.

Pain management: Practicing yoga can aid in managing chronic pain, enhancing joint mobility, and decreasing inflammation.

Improved sleep: Yoga can contribute to better sleep by improving its quality, duration, and depth.

mental and emotional benefits

Better mood: Yoga has been shown to boost the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, which can elevate mood and alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Improved focus: Yoga trains the mind to remain present and focused, thereby enhancing attention, focus, and concentration.

Emotional regulation: Through yoga, individuals can develop better emotional awareness, regulation, and resilience, helping to reduce anxiety and depression symptoms.

Increased self-awareness: Yoga encourages a deeper understanding of oneself, fostering insight into one’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

spiritual and energetic benefits

Calm and inner peace: Yoga practice can cultivate a profound sense of inner peace, calmness, and a connection to one’s inner self.

More self-acceptance and self-love: Yoga can help individuals nurture a greater sense of self-acceptance, self-love, and self-compassion.

Connection: Through yoga, individuals can develop a sense of connection to others and the world around them. The feel more a part of what is happening.

therapeutic uses of yoga therapy

Yoga is effective in managing chronic pain, enhancing joint mobility, and reducing inflammation. It can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression, improve mood, and reduce stress.

For those suffering from PTSD, yoga can help manage symptoms, improve sleep, and reduce anxiety.

Yoga therapy can improve the quality of life for cancer patients, reduce symptoms associated with cancer, and enhance overall well-being.

Yoga is not about the shape of your body, but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; it is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; it cares about the person you are becoming.

practices for wellbeing

The following are some common yoga therapy practices:

1. breathwork (pranayama)

Pranayama techniques, such as alternate nostril breathing, bellows breath, and Kapalabhati, help to calm the mind, balance the nervous system, and improve respiratory function.

2. asanas (postures)

Postures are designed to improve flexibility, balance, strength, and alignment. They can be modified to accommodate individual needs and abilities.

3. mantras (chanting)

Mantras are chanted to focus the mind and raise consciousness.

4. mudras (gestures)

Mudras are hand positions that are believed to affect the flow of energy in the body and enhance meditation and breathing exercises.

5. meditation

Practices, such as mindfulness meditation, loving-kindness meditation, and guided meditation, help to reduce stress, increase focus, and promote emotional well-being.

6. Guided imagery (visualization)

Visualization techniques to evoke a specific mental state, such as relaxation or calmness, to promote healing and well-being.

7. diet (nutrition)

Dietary advice to promote overall health and well-being, such as recommending a balanced diet, avoiding allergenic foods, and incorporating Ayurvedic principles.

8. lifestyle advice

Lifestyle counseling may involve advice on stress management, sleep habits, and daily routines to promote overall well-being

At Yogi Living we believe individuals have the power to overcome unhealthy habits through aligning mind and energy. However, this is a gradual process that requires guidance and consistent practice.

yoga therapy tailored for you

It is essential to consult a qualified yoga therapist as certain practices can have counter indications. Yoga therapy is not a one-size-fits-all solution. It is important to consider each client’s personal needs before choosing the right combination of practices.

Regular practice of yoga can give you to better health and create the kind of relationship with yourself and others that you know is possible but have struggled to find. Yoga therapy  empowers you to choose how you feel, be that relaxed, energized, or happy. Welcome to your new life!

Yoga By The Sea | Experiences With Yoga Therapy

Yoga from the heart

We teach yoga from the heart. We teach the path of love. We believe laughter is as much a part of yoga as deep silence. We work to create deep connections: with your own essence and with others. We work to raise consciousness and ultimately help you achieve liberation. This is the meaning of yoga for us. We hope for you too.

Regular practice of yoga can give you to better health and create the kind of relationship with yourself and others that you know is possible but perhaps have struggled to find. Welcome to your new life!

Feel the love

Would you like to experience the healing power of yoga therapy? Are you ready to jump right in or just dip your toes? 

Choose an experience that is the best for your needs:

  1. Personal Coaching
  2. Weekend Wellness Retreat

Whether you are an experienced yogi or a complete beginner you will leave here with a smile and friendships that last a lifetime.

Email or call us for a chat and to see if we are a good fit for what you seek. We encourage you to reach out, but wherever you land we wish you happiness!

Ask Winnie

frequently asked questions

Yoga therapy is a holistic approach to healing and wellness that utilizes the principles and practices of yoga to address physical, mental, and emotional health issues. It integrates traditional yoga techniques with modern therapeutic approaches to promote overall well-being and to alleviate specific health concerns.

Yoga therapy sessions are typically conducted one-on-one or in small groups, allowing for individualized attention and adjustments. It may utilize any or all of the following: asana (physcal postures), Ppanayama (breathwork), meditation and mindfulness, relaxation techniques, yoga philosophy and lifestyle guidance.

Emotional release therapy focuses on helping individuals process and release pent-up emotions that are causing physical and emotional pain. The goal is to help individuals identify and release the underlying emotions that are causing their symptoms, rather than just treating the symptoms themselves.

It can help you develop a greater sense of self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-compassion, and helps you learn to manage emotions in a healthy way.

Not at all. Yoga therapy is tailored to individual needs and does not involve complicated asanas.

Yogi Living Ashram resident yoga teacher Winnie Winnetu speaks English, Swedish, Danish, French and German so don’t worry if you cannot speak Swedish!

Yes! Partners are always welcome, if space permits.

There is a small extra price to cover our costs if your partner does not wish to participate in the retreat.

Yogi Living Ashram is located in Skåne, South Sweden close to the vibrant city of Malmö.

The closest international airports are Copenhagen Airport, Kastrup  (75 km) and Malmö airport, Sturup (30 km) with good rail connections to Malmö and on to Trelleborg (our closest town).

You can also come by car through Germany and take the ferry from Rostock to Trelleborg. There are 3 sailings (6 hours duration) per day.

You are welcome to stay if we have no retreats or guests.  Keep in mind we are a small ashram with a limited capacity.

Yogi Living Ashram offers different forms of accommodation: caravans, glamping (summer only) and AirBnB rooms.

The surrounding countryside is picture-postcard Sweden. There are many small picturesque villages and a mixture of open farmland, woodland, and lakes. The wonderful coastline of the Swedish Riviera is only 5km away. When the weather allows we can arrange an excursion to places like the Ales Stones (the “Swedish Stonehenge”) and local castles.

You can also hang in the garden under where we have a treehouse meditation platform and a jacuzzi.  There is a small ICA supermarket 5 minutes walk from the ashram.

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Tantric Heart Yoga Teacher Winnie Winnetu | Yogi Living Ashram