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yogatherapie
voor veerkracht en heling 

Discover the healing power of your own body and mind with our specially designed Yoga and Mindfulness Program. This unique yogatherapy program is developed for people recovering from Long Covid but is also a great source of strength for anyone interested in enhancing their overall well-being.

 

We blend the ancient wisdom of yoga with the latest insights from neuroscience and psychology to offer you a holistic approach to recovery and well-being. Whether you're dealing with post-COVID symptoms or simply seeking more balance in your life, our program can set you on the path.

Our program has received international recognition and is presented at prestigious conferences such as the SYR 2023 conference (Symposium on Yoga Research) at Kripalu in America. This recognition highlights the global value and effectiveness of our program.

 

Join us on Monday evenings or Wednesday mornings in the serene environment of Yoga Academy 'You are the Buddha' in Breda. Our current sessions started in October 2023. Feel free to get in touch if you want to learn more about the program or enroll. Let this be the first step on your journey to wellness and recovery.

 

Read more about this program here.

Research

"Perhaps yoga is the only tool we have that simultaneously enhances strength, balance, and flexibility while helping to reduce negative self-talk, stress from deadlines, financial issues, relationship problems, and other concerns. No pill has the power to improve so many aspects of your life simultaneously." (Harvard University)

 

Yoga is a psychosomatic approach that enhances physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual strength and connection. Yoga practice improves innate immunity and mental health, so it can be used as complementary therapy in the treatment of COVID-19, specifically post-COVID-19 condition. (Yoga for COVID-19: An ancient practice for a new condition)

 

At least, it teaches me ways to create more inner peace in the daily 'rat race' of IT projects where there's no room for 'being unwell.' Piet (61)

 

What to Expect

During this eight-week program, the focus each week is on a specific theme, ranging from building physical strength and stability to developing emotional awareness and resilience. Sessions include yoga poses (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), and mindfulness meditations, all tailored to participants' individual abilities. At home, after each session, you'll fill out an online questionnaire. If you're unable to attend physically or want to practice at home, you can listen to a meditation on the 'exercises for home' page or contact us for online options.

 

"The yoga moment is almost the only time my mind can rest. I truly find peace." - Monique (29)

 

What Our Program Offers:

  • Relaxation: Emphasis on relaxation through meditation and gentle exercises promotes a calm mind and body, an essential foundation for feeling good.

  • Body Awareness: We help participants listen to their bodies and respect their own limits, a crucial skill for self-care and prevention.

  • Improved Breathing: Our pranayama breathing exercises are specifically designed to support breathing capacity and are accessible to all levels.

  • Emotional Support: By creating a safe and empathetic space, we provide tools for dealing with stress, anxiety, and emotional challenges.

  • Mindfulness and Presence: With mindfulness exercises, we promote a stronger connection with the present moment, which can aid in mental clarity and focus.

  • Complementary to Other Treatments: This program can be used alongside other treatments, as an integrative approach supporting overall well-being.

  • Connection and Community: Our group sessions foster a sense of connection and support among participants.

  • Promoting Self-Care: The skills learned in our sessions can easily be integrated into daily life, increasing participants' autonomy and self-care.

Location:

The sessions take place at the following location: Yoga Academy You are the Buddha, in Breda's station (next to Starbucks).

 

"I can recognize my limits better, which helps. I also learn what I find important by filling out the questionnaire before and after the session." Diane (48)

 

The Program:

This program offers a safe, supportive environment for participants to learn, grow, and heal. It encourages them to actively engage in their recovery process, discover their inner strength, and cultivate hope and optimism for the future.

 

"I find Marlies a very pleasant person to receive this from. You're supportive without delving into heaviness, very friendly and inviting. Your smile is contagious; it makes me smile too." Brenda (24)

 

Theory:

This unique program is based on several fundamental theories, including the Polyvagal Theory, the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) approach, the Biopsychosocial Model, and the yoga concept of koshas. The Polyvagal Theory helps us understand how our body responds to stress and how we can strengthen the connection between our mind and body. MBSR is a structured program designed to help people cope with stress, pain, and illness through mindfulness. The Biopsychosocial Model helps us understand how biological, psychological, and social factors play a role in our health and well-being. The koshas, a concept from yoga philosophy, allow us to recognize and nurture the different layers of our being, from the physical body to the deepest spiritual essence.

 

"The program adds a lot of value to my life by paying attention to relaxation, breathing, posture, mind, and thus being able to relax and reset. Also, it's a pleasant group to exchange experiences with and feel support from." Petra (55)

 

Presentation at SYR 2023:

The research abstract, titled "Yoga & Mindfulness for Long COVID," has been selected for presentation at the prestigious SYR 2023 conference (Symposium on Yoga Research) at Kripalu. This symposium is known as the leading yoga research conference in America. The abstract will be published in the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and the presentation at this conference serves as an exciting platform to disseminate our findings, stimulate insightful discussions about the role of yoga and mindfulness in healthcare, and gain wisdom from other innovators in this dynamic field. If you plan to attend the conference, I warmly invite you to reach out to me. More information about the symposium can be found on the Kripalu symposium website. If you have questions about this unique program, you can email me at: marlies@youarethebuddha.com

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