Yoga is a holistic model of wellness that works on a physical, mental, emotional and energetic level. In Sanskrit, the word yoga means “union.” It incorporates postures and body movements, with breathwork and mindfulness, which can create harmonious, unified feelings between the body and mind.
Physical benefits include:
- Increased strength and flexibility
- Muscle toning
- Improved balance and coordination
- Improved respiration and energy levels
Mental and emotional benefits:
- Improved body awareness
- Improved concentration and mental clarity
- Reduces stress
- Releases tension
- Relaxes the mind
Differences between yoga and hypnosis:
Yoga is more of a physical-based practice. However, in classical yoga, the culminating goal is meditation- it uses the body as a vehicle to help quiet the mind. This leads to a unification of the body and mind which can lead, for some, to a deeper connection- to spirit within. However, it depends on the client’s desires, as to how deep one wants to go. Oftentimes, yoga is used more for physical goals and overall physical health. However, the mind is still very much affected and receives great benefit.
Hypnosis is more mentally based, yet the body is still affected. It is like meditation in that it uses a different state of consciousness, but it uses that state specifically to create change on a subconscious level. Oftentimes, it is used more for specific goals- like behavioral and habitual change, as opposed to yoga for its overall benefits. However, some of the same principles are applied in both. The mind and body are not separate; a change in one will affect the other.
Think of yoga as a bottom-up approach, using the body to affect the mind, while hypnosis is more of a top-down approach. Both are great agents for change. It just depends on the individual and their goals. A combination of both yoga and hypnosis can be a beautiful synergy for overall physical and emotional wellness. I call this hypnogatherapy. For more information, ask in our free phone consultation.