Parimukti Yoga Therapy is a Yoga Therapy Training for yoga teachers and health professionals who want to offer individual treatments combining yoga and meditation practices supported by scientific medical science, based on a deep understanding of who we are, of the body and mind, and the effects of yoga and meditation on the health and happiness of individuals.
What is Parimukti Yoga Therapy?
Parimukti Yoga Therapy is developed as an answer to increasing demand for a different approach to health and well-being. A demand which has been triggered by a growing understanding and experience that our body and mind are undeniably interrelated and that we as individuals are undeniably related to everyone and everything around us. Where Western Medicine typically treats a disease as an isolated entity, the starting point of yoga therapy is the relationship of body and mind and interconnectedness of us in the world. In order to be able to help somebody we need to start looking with different eyes and understand that the complaint is only an expression and to come to relief we might have to look elsewhere. Parimukti Yoga Therapy offers a new framework and approach to health, health care and yoga therapy. Parimukti Yoga Therapy works with asana, relaxation, breath work, meditation, and meaningful dialogues. Gaining insight in the individual’s belief systems is an important element of a session.
Pillars of Parimukti Yoga Therapy
Parimukti Yoga Therapy offers an alternative framework and three categories of tools that we can apply as a yoga therapist, while recognizing that all three tools can be applied together and there is no particular order to it
1. Relaxation – a good way to start as clients often come with a lot of physical and mental stress. A great tool for the client to integrate in their daily life, this can be both in terms of an actual relaxation ‘exercise’ but also can be reflected in actually living at a slower pace
2. Awareness Development – to gain insight in the clients habits (physical and mental), life and belief systems that might be related to the origin and development of the disease. Is only possible if the client is relieved from very acute state of disease but otherwise a crucial element. Usually this will be addressed in meaningful dialogues
3. Activation – as body and mind are interrelated, working with the body is an inherent part of yoga therapy. Asana and breath work are a beautiful tool to work on both strength and flexibility of muscles, but have scientifically proven benefits on the physiology of many other organ systems too.
Parimukti Yoga Therapy does not rule out allopathic medicine but rather promotes the integration of allopathic medicine, yoga philosophy, non-duality philosophy and yoga practices. We believe and have experienced that they can strengthen each other if we are willing to look for bridges rather than excluding one or the other. The sciences and philosophies of yoga, non-duality and ayurveda form the foundation of the Parimukti Yoga Therapy.
Principles of Parimukti Yoga Therapy
- The client and therapist both must have an authentic and deep desire to reflect
- Sessions have a highly individual character – even if two clients present themselves with similar complaints, a session could be different
- Each therapist has to find his/her own way to be most effective, genuine and authentic. Students of the Yoga Therapy Training will be offered a number of tools, but always encouraged to trust on their own experience and integrate their personal/professional background
- To be a genuine yoga therapist your own practice is most important
The Parimukti Yoga Therapy Training is comprised of 3 modules:
Module 1: Foundations of Parimukti Yoga Therapy
This is our introduction module in which the pillars and foundations of Parimukti Yoga Therapy Training are being thought and is the foundation of our complete Yoga Therapy Training.
It includes teachings and revision of basic concepts from western medicine (anatomy and physiology) yoga philosophy, and Ayurveda are introduced.
It is a mandatory primer for working as a yoga therapist. There is a strong focus on your personal journey, while making a start with practicing in groups. Simultaneously it gives the trainers the chance to get to know you and understand your motivation and give feedback on your dedication and personal practice and transformation, and whether those are sufficient to continue to Module 2
Total Duration: 1 month
Module 2: Parimukti Yoga Therapy & Common Lifestyle Diseases
This Module builds upon the first module and teaches you:
- How to diagnose a client, tapping from the theory learned in the first module
- Introduction to different set of diagnostics from different sciences and approaches
- How to protect your own boundaries and learning about transference, counter transference and co-dependency in a therapist-client relationship
- Guidelines how to talk consciously to clients and gauge their needs
- How to set right expectations in terms of outcome, effort and time investment
- Introduction to a selected number of common diseases and complaints and problems which you will be most likely be approached with as a Yoga Therapist
- How to use asana, as a treatment in unblocking energy flows, repairing pathways etc.
- How to use pranayama in treatment
- How to use meditation as a tool for relaxation and therapy
- What are the various types of meditation and how do they appeal to various types of people and/or complaints
- How to design life style changes and nutrition for an individual treatment plan.
You will be trained in the therapeutic applications of different asanas, pranayama, etc and you and your fellow students will be your own test subjects to make you understand the differences rather than merely learning by the book
Total Duration: 1 month
Module 3: Parimukti Yoga Therapy in Practice
After concluding the first two modules students are required to go ahead and start offering treatments. The student integrates the knowledge and skills required and gains confidence and experience. He/she keeps a treatment blog and writes case studies, documenting experiences, challenges, observations, questions, etc. Contact and feedback between the students, as well as between the teachers and students takes place at a regular interval through emailing and Skype sessions.
After gaining some experience the students chooses to continue with Module 3 where we go deeper into studying and discussing frequent complaints and disease patterns.
Total Duration: 1 month