Midtown studio offers new, therapeutic services
A hybrid business of retail shop, tea lounge, practice rooms and meditation garden, The Yoga Garden immediately absorbs its visitors into its unique, inviting space.
While offering traditional yoga classes including Lafayette’s latest exercise obsession aerial yoga, the midtown yoga studio introduces Lafayette to another purposeful use of yoga: Yoga Therapy.
Similar to the ways in which music or art is used in therapy sessions, yoga is seeing a rise in popularity on the East and West Coasts as a different modality to connect the physical and mental aspects of counseling.
Pulling on both the philosophies and physical postures of yoga, Gretchen Kaltenbach and Jessica Gibson Kendrick of The Yoga Garden hope clients will be able to unlock some of the underlying causes of anxiety and stress.
“We aim to share immediate and tangible ways to become self-aware in any anxiety ridden situation. Using balance, meditation and focus on the breath, we give people a way to control their racing thoughts and come back to their center,” said Gibson Kendrick.
Clients have included people struggling with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and grief. Gretchen added, “We offer the tools to calm the mind, so within a moment of discomfort, a person will still be able to stay centered and make well thought out decisions.”
This type of practice also builds confidence. “It reinforces the importance of both boundaries and flexibility on and off the mat.”
Not every counseling session will be physical in nature. “The main goal is to focus on present moment awareness,” confirmed Jessica.