Negative or stagnant emotions can show up as illness in the mind and body. It’s your body asking for help.

Which is why I combine yoga and hypnotherapy…

Vinyassa & Yin Yoga

I am trained in vinyasa yoga which is commonly known as flow. This style emphasizes movement and breath work to move stagnant energy through the body creating space for peace. I am also trained in yin yoga which focuses on the soft tissues in the body (muscles, tendon, fascia…) encouraging flexibility and circulation in the joints and bones. Yin also helps strengthen the body’s ability to regulate energy in the body and also the mind (like the unending chatter of our brains). Yin helped calm my monkey mind as I learned to get into a deeply relaxed and meditative state.

What is hypnotherapy?

There are many misconceptions about hypnosis. Firstly, people are not treated with hypnosis, they are treated in hypnosis.

Hypnosis is a natural phenomenon. It’s an increased state of concentration and suggestibility. In this state, the conscious critical mind becomes an observer. This allows direct communication with the subconscious mind and can provide changes at the subconscious level.

People often become empowered by learning to hypnotize themselves to reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, or alleviate some symptoms of depression or anxiety. This is done by creating positive feelings, pictures, images, sights, sounds, smells and emotions to replace specific negative ones gathered up unknowingly over the years. 

Naturally, yoga and hypnotherapy went hand-in-hand for me because. Yoga was a beautiful way to get my body ready for relaxation but I found it difficult to ease my mind. This is where hypnotherapy played an important role. Hypnosis was a guided approach to get my mind into the deeply relaxed state I needed to be to deepen my practice and alleviate stress, anxiety and insomnia.

All you need is:

  • a willingness to experience a new modality

  • a willingness to use your imagination

  • a desire to allow yourself to go into a deep state of calm focus

What does it feel like?

You won’t do or say anything in hypnosis that you would not normally say or do.  You are in control at all times. You will know everything that is going on around you, what I am saying and what you are thinking, doing or saying.

In fact, some people will think they have not been in hypnosis because they are expecting something odd to be happening to them.  Do not expect a lack of consciousness or amnesia. 

Hypnosis is about imagination and creation.

Curious for more?

Clinical Hypnotherapy is backed by science and is widely documented and practiced around the world to treat various ailments for a therapeutic endpoint. 

Here are some resources:

Hypnosis for Sleep

American Psychological Association

Hypnotherapy for the Management of Chronic Pain - published article

The Wall Street Journal

Healthline: Hypnosis and Anxiety

I currently bounce around teaching yoga classes in Vancouver. Please feel free to email me and I can let you know ongoing programs and schedules!