The traditions of yoga understand human beings as five distinct, but intertwined layers or "bodies," called koshas. When our koshas are integrated and balanced, it allows us to access optimal health and well-being, as well as deep spiritual connection.
Life's inevitable challenges can knock these layers out of balance. Everything from routine work stress to a car accident or chronic disease diagnosis can contribute to physical and mental stress, which creates imbalances between and within the layers.
Over time, our strategies for coping with big and small stressors develop into conditioned patterns of behavior. Sometimes these patterns help with one stresspoint but cause ill effects in one or more layers.
Anamaya Kosha (physical body)
musculoskeletal imbalances; chronic pain; physical tension; endocrine or immune imbalances
Pranamaya Kosha (energy body/breath)
inefficient breathing patterns; fatigue; restlessness; nervous system dysregulation
Manomaya Kosha (mental/emotional body)
anxiety; depression; trouble focusing; difficulty with stress management
Vijnanamaya Kosha (wisdom body/identity/deeply held beliefs)
crisis of faith; disconnection from community; loss of sense of self
Anandamaya Kosha (bliss body/connection to joy)
disconnected from joy; lack of meaning and purpose in life
The longer we lean into our patterns, the more likely that they will show up as disruptions to our sense of health, ease and well-being.
Yoga therapy is an integrative health modality that brings the koshas back into balance using tools from the yoga tradition (breathing, movement, meditation, mindful awareness, ethics).
With the help of a yoga therapist, you can reduce suffering and increase well-being by improving physical strength, flexibility, stress management, mental clarity and connection to the people and things that are important to you.
Takoma Therapy LLC is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of our clients. We do not share, sell, or otherwise disclose information about our clients to any other party except as requested by the client in writing. The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist however, and none of your information will be distributed to individuals or agencies outside of Takoma Therapy LLC with the exception of the following situations:
> Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which we are required by law to report to the appropriate authorities immediately.
> If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, we must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
> If a client intends to harm himself or herself, we will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, we are required by law to take further measures without their permission in order to ensure their safety.
> Therapists are required by law to report incidences of sexual misconduct on the part of other therapists.
> We abide by HIPAA practice standards.