It is no surprise to me that I would eventually blend my love for Psychology with My passion of Yoga.
The more I practice Yoga the more I discover similarities between what is learnt on the Yoga mat and what clients learn in the therapy room. Lessons that I have learnt in my yoga practice are so often the same skills that I am trying to explore with the people I work with on a daily basis as a Psychologist. This includes the importance of mindfulness, awareness of sensations, feelings, thoughts, behaviours, of setting valued intentions and the practice of Ahinsa (non violence) towards self or others.
As through our yoga practice we try to “peel the layers of the onion” so we do in a therapy room.
As a Clinical Psychologist I have the fortunate role to be part of the recovery process and witness the determination, resilience and strength of people to get their life back on track following times of trauma and crises.
It is through my practice of Yoga that I see great value in combining these experiences - the therapeutic skills and the Yoga practice- to offer people a greater opportunity for learning.
This is why I strongly believe in the benefits of combining clinical Psychology practices to Yoga and offer the opportunity for clients to experience this for themselves thru our retreats or Clinical Psychology sessions .
What to expect from the Mensana Wellness Retreats
The program consists of 8 days of Daily Meditation, Yoga, and Group sessions as well as individually tailored Psychological Sessions. It is advised that people take the residential option to fully immerse in the program.
The program is participatory, experiential, supportive and it will include:
Daily Guided instruction in Mindfulness Practice and Silent Mindful Meditation
Daily Stretching and Mindful Yoga
Daily Group Dialogue and ACT based group sessions
Individually targeted ACT sessions
In the Meditation and Yoga sessions you will learn to:
Apply mindfulness skills
To be the “observer”
To contact the present moment
In the group and individual sessions you will learn:
What is emotional and behavioural avoidance and how does it impact negatively on your life?
How has avoidance affected your life?
What are control strategies? And what are your internally based/externally based control strategies?
What are your values? What gives your life true meaning?
What steps should you take to move in your preferred life direction?
What is fusion and what thoughts and emotions do you fuse with?
How to apply Defusion and Acceptance to thoughts and feelings to allow our actions to be in accordance with what matters to you.
As a result of this retreat you will learn ways on how to:
reduce stress and worry
handle painful thoughts and feelings far more effectively
break self-defeating habits
find fulfilment in your life
build more satisfying relationships and, above all,
Create a rich, full and meaningful life
You will receive:
Yoga mats, blocks, bolsters and belts to use during the retreat’s Yoga classes and meditation
Art materials for experiential exercises in the group sessions
A variety of handouts for your own use
A diary/note book to record your daily experience
Please Note: This retreat is aimed at the general public and is based on the principles of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (as described in Russ Harris's book, The Happiness Trap).
Suggested pre retreat reading: “The happiness trap” by Dr Russ Harris
Research and Outcomes
The Society of Clinical Psychology (APA’s Division 12) has listed ACT as having research support for helping patients cope with psychosis, for those struggling with mixed anxiety disorders and obsessive compulsive disorder, for
the treatment of chronic pain and for those dealing with symptoms of depression.