Yoga, Movement & Somatic Work

Therapeutic Yoga and Somatic Practices

Movement not only brings joy but also fosters connection with ourselves and others, offering a transformative experience and serving as a tool for healing. Here we are specifically looking at supporting healing from trauma and supporting your mental well-being.

If you would like to:

  • Boost your mental health
  • Calm your emotional self
  • Strengthen your body, and
  • Create a flexible nervous system

Then join us for a group or individual yoga class! You will be so glad that you did! Classes are held in person at Beaubian Holistic Care Yoga Studio and online through zoom. Classes are small and personalized. The practice is yours to nurture you, to modify as you need, and to help build a strong, and resilient body.

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Why Practice Yoga?

In yoga we create a beautiful blend of practices that support a healthy body, mind, and spiritual life. In the western world we tend to focus the practice of yoga on the physical body. However, yoga has many other benefits that nurture our physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing, creating balance and restoration.

Yoga helps us build physical strength as well as inner strength. With the use of the breath, postures, and somatic work, you can train your body to be present with, and work through the tough stuff; the uncomfortable, the painful, and the unbearable. Practicing yoga can be part of a trauma or mental health treatment plan, supporting therapy, finding healing, and encouraging growth.

Did you know that yoga has been around for over 5,000 years

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Did you know that yoga has been around for over 5,000 years and provides multiple benefits to the body. Research now shows the benefits of yoga are far reaching and can be a valuable part of your overall healthy lifestyle.

Yoga is also very versatile. Specific postures can be used to support posture and strength, improved flexibility, relaxation, a balanced nervous system, to improve circulation, reduce anxiety, improve your quality of sleep and relieve depression. Yoga has even been shown to help with PTSD.

Most yoga classes are designed for overall health, but when we focus on mental health, classes are designed to focus on specific needs. Many people living with trauma are disconnected from their bodies. Clients often dissociate from their emotions. They often have weak muscles, poor posture, and lack confidence. Through a consistent yoga practice we continually target and improve each issue.

Yoga Classes

Here are a few classes that I focus on to help clients with their trauma and mental health:

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga is a great place to start. In a Hatha Yoga class we use both pranayama (breath) and asanas (postures) to reduce stress, anxiety, improve strength, and find relaxation. We give the body Safety, connection,

Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga is a popular form of yoga. In a Vinyasa Yoga class You will move through a continual flow of postures that help you burn calories and balance your nervous system. You may recognize The familiar sun salutation and focus on breath.
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Gentle Yoga

Gentle Yoga is another familiar form of yoga. Gentle yoga allows you to slowly and gently bring movement and energy back into the body. This is especially nurturing if you have not done yoga in awhile, or are burned out, depressed, or your body feels shut down.

Yin Yoga

Yin Yoga is a complementary practice to Hatha, Vinyasa, or other forms of yoga that focus on strength and building muscle. In a Yin Yoga class you will slow the practice down, holding each posture for three to ten minutes, and work the deeper layers of the body such as the connective tissue. This is another great practice for the mind and the nervous system and helps to release trauma in places where we often hold emotions in the body.

Somatic Stress Release

Somatic Stress Release is a form of therapy that directly works with the mind – body connection. Somatic Stress Release can be beneficial for individuals who have stuck trauma, PTSD, or high cortisol levels by helping you to release stress and trauma from the body. Somatic Stress Release is a lovely and gentle way to work with trauma without having to talk about the trauma. You work with your body through practices that feel safe and gentle in your body.

All of these practices are wonderful for beginners and seasoned yogis. You will learn to listen to your body, to make your practice yours and give your body the nurturing and support it needs to build muscular, mental, and emotional strength.

I would love to meet you in one of my group classes, or in a private session as you begin your healing journey. You will soon learn the support that yoga brings and find ways to have it shape your health and wellbeing.

Call today and find out the best yoga class for you!

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Individual and Group Sessions

Individual sessions

$65/hr

I have worked with teens & adults of all ages. Some of the targeted health outcomes have been anxiety, depression, grief, high cortisol, and osteoporosis. Many clients begin with one on one sessions and then either add in group classes, or transition to group classes.

Healing Circles

Healing also is a result of community and education. I have found that clients love Healing Circles. These circles are organized around a specific topic and include both body work and learning about your body. We may talk about emotions and where they come from and how we manage them. What emotional resilience is and how we can manage these big emotions. We may learn about grief and how to support ourselves through the grieving process. We may learn what trauma is and how yoga can support healing from trauma. Healing Circles is not therapy, but it is a place to support and connect with others, to learn more about what it means to be in this human body, and how we can create an emotionally healthy life.

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Connect with me to get started

My mission has always been to help you be a better you! Through learning, finding your passions, and meeting the challenges of life, you can be all you were meant to be! Start your journey today.

I would love to work with you and help you find your best self through movement. Movement that nurtures you, helps you feel good, and improves your health. In the process you will come to know and care for yourself in a way that aligns with the needs of your body.

What People Are Saying

I have taken private yoga lessons via zoom with Ginny for the past several months and am enjoying it immensely. Ginny is very knowledgeable, kind and patient. If I am doing a pose or stretch incorrectly she shows me how to do it the correct way. Ginny always explains the purpose and benefit of the various exercises. Ginny teaches a variety of classes and I highly recommend her.

JO B.

Yoga student

Ginny is an extremely well trained and versatile yoga teacher! She is dedicated to tailoring each individual’s practice to address their specific needs, health and fitness goals. She can easily instruct the novice, but can also challenge those with years of experience. Her entire wellness knowledge, kind manner, gentle heart and clear instructions make yoga a rewarding joy.
Marti

Yoga Student

Ginny has been working with my son for the past 6 months. We couldn’t be happier or more thankful to have found her. Through thoughtful conversation and work, Ginny determines her students’ strengths and weaknesses. She discusses all her observations and ideas with us. Her communication is prompt, concise, and thoughtful.
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