Mentoring & Lifestyle Medicine
Mentoring & Yoga Therapy for Women
Mindful Mentoring is intentional mentoring and yoga for women. You bring the intention, and we help guide that intention. Wise woman, proud woman, intelligent woman, good woman: Although we may aspire to all these, being a woman is something we become, formed by experience, life-lessons, and listening to the truth within us.
Life can create grey areas and cast overtones which obfuscate our perceptions and may hinder our best efforts to live well, as whole Beings. In essence, we lose a sense of Self. That Self, far beyond me-myself-and-I, is the truest version of our Self, yet it is always a work in progress, both inwardly and externally—in our actions, speech, thoughts. How, then, to put these together? How to find wellbeing and balance mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually?
"Knowing why I am doing what I am doing is the first question to be asked and answered," says Indra Mohan, longtime student of Krishnamacharya. If this question is asked of our self continually—persistently—it acts much like the gentle fall of raindrops, gradually filling an empty space, or clearing away debris. Similarly, each small change, added to the next, can create a life-change and clear the path to living simply, and wholely. As a woman and mentor, we may walk with you on that path of change at your request. As a yoga therapist, we provide therapy based in the principles and practice of yoga—supporting you physically and emotionally.
Lifestyle Medicine for Women
Quality of life and physical and mental wellbeing are closely intertwined, yet our society tends to tease these apart and view them as unrelated. Age-old wisdom has told us that eating well, having a sound body, and getting sufficient sleep, are all physical 'prescriptions' for happiness. By the same token, our state of mind directly impacts our perceptions, emotions, and willingness to engage in living at all levels. For women, particularly, the various roles we may occupy during the course of a lifetime can be fulfilling inasmuch as they are often bewildering, exhausting, and challenging.
With its focus on both physical and mental awareness, yoga is therapeutic both as a traditional practice for health and wellbeing—and as a gentle, holistic therapy for therapeutic rehabilitation, movement therapy, and long-term support. A yoga therapist cannot be the change, or make change happen—however, we can be a catalyst for self-reliance, resilience, and finding equilibrium—a balanced state. Each mentoring session is an opportunity to mindfully step closer to Svastha: being oneself or in one's natural state, and healthy in body and mind.
We provide extended, thoughtful support over months or years, creating a client relationship that adapts and changes as needs change—delving into unhelpful lifestyle habits or patterns of thinking, bringing awareness to daily activities, providing a compassionate, open space for discussion of life, living, and perhaps even dying. Mentoring sessions and supportive yoga therapy sessions may have a focus on these and more: living with a neurological condition; coping with cancer treatment and as a support during recovery; disordered eating; therapeutic rehabilitation after injury or extended illness; and the myriad life-changes and life-challenges faced by women on a daily basis throughout their lives.
When appropriate, mentoring and lifestyle therapy may include, or be an adjunct to:
Yoga Therapy &
Support For Women
For over twenty years, our therapies have primarily been offered in-residence, with the exception of seeing clients in hospital or hospice settings, or within the context of specialized yoga therapy groups. All therapies and programs are focused on supporting women through life, change, health challenges, and overall wellbeing.
Inappropriate touching. Overheated rooms. Damaged bodies. Impersonal, crowded spaces. These are concerns we have heard from women over the years in regard to their yoga practice. For these reasons and others we offer yoga therapy, and not simply yoga instruction—providing individualized, appropriate and beneficial yoga and therapy in a safe, supportive, and non-commercial environment. Yoga is a wonderful, sustaining practice, particularly during times of transition and change. As part of individual mentoring, yoga therapy can bring a sense of grounding, self-reliance, and calm to what may otherwise be a time of life which is challenging, or, simply overwhelming.
Lack of long-term support, focus only on the physical manifestations of an illness, and sporadic follow-up from an aggregation of specialists in the health system leads many women to feel disconnected from their bodies, with a sense of anxiety and loss of inner wellbeing. Life-changes, health challenges, societal expectations, various roles as woman, wife, mother, professional and / or homemaker—these are tremendous expectations, gracefully balanced by women on a daily basis. They are expected to be gentle and compassionate, yet also resilient and strong; comforter yet also disciplinarian; caregiver for others while not caring for themselves; absorbing the pain, sorrows, and difficulties of those around them while somehow turning a blind eye to the up swell of emotion in their inner-being and the warning signals of their exhausted bodies.
We recognize that care and support must come at several levels, and be sustentative. Mindful Mentoring offers personalized, thoughtful programs and therapies which encompass each woman as a whole.
Contact us to learn more about mentoring and yoga therapy for women in Bloomington Indiana, Indianapolis and Columbus.
It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection.