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For the last 10+ years I have worked in the field of counselling with youth and families. I have seen a shift evolving within the lens of counselling where practitioners are beginning to recognize that in order to support healing. And growth in a youth there requires a greater focus on a holistic and interconnected healing.
Initially this lens looked at connecting more support and sources in the youth’s life to come together and support them. But as time went on an understanding that supporting youth’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. It was just as important in facilitating space for healing and growth.
Be it Vancouver, Bali, Thailand, Toronto, Hawaii, New Zealand, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, Halifax or Montreal that you call home, gaining more of an understanding about the importance of this aspect inspired me to explore my own way to build a more holistic connection for myself.
When I first began to practice yoga, I was immediately drawn to the practice. I was attracted by the way it impacted my overall well-being.
While I enjoyed practicing yoga I did not utilize it as a serious tool for my well-being and spiritual growth as I was caught up in the social construct. Many people in society around me find themselves and prioritized my work, my family and my commitments above myself and my need for restoration and reflection.
It wasn’t until I pushed myself. To what was total burnout that I realized that I was not living my life. And as a result had caused my physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being to diminish beyond what could be repaired with a quick, simple fix.
Yoga became the center of rebuilding myself, it became something I made a priority. I was not able to do much, but connecting to my yoga practice was the beginning in order to grow. It allowed me to reflect and take pause around what I thought was important.
Yoga opens up ones world for reflection, it allows one to explore purpose and what their place in the world might be. This is something that many never have the ability to fully unpack. But it can be done when one makes yoga a priority.
Having the opportunity to experience yoga in a more meaningful way and understanding the greater connection that is possible. This can inspire one to want to cultivate their purpose and personal understanding of who they are.
If given the proper time and attention it becomes the gateway to aligning one physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, while connecting them to the world around.
Yoga has the capacity to create space unlike any other practice because it connects. It connects at all levels that are required for total well being. Which provides opportunity for one to reflect in the moment the meaning of this for themselves.