Welcome to my new blog, How Does That Make You OM?
I’m super excited you are here! I used to be an avid blogger when I studied abroad in Florence, Italy, as an undergraduate student but then I found I had nothing “exciting” to blog about. (Which I now find silly – I think there are exciting things happening every day in most people’s typical routine!) I’m starting this blog because over the past year I have rediscovered my love for yoga. I started doing yoga again in the privacy of my own home as a different work out to spice up my exercise routine. I discovered Tara Stiles – through some sheer luck of googling magic – and began shuffling through her many fantastic youtube yoga videos. I was hooked, fast. I think her totally relaxed and vibrant approach to yoga is what sucked me in. Either way, I was quickly finding that I was more alert in my counseling sessions and hoping my clients would bring up how deep breathing or mandalas were helping them more easily accept their troubles and feel happier. I jumped in to the “yoga culture” and was in love with it.
Through this journey, I started thinking about what I wanted my long term goals to be for my career. I have a Master’s degree in counseling, and I absolutely feel that is what I need to be doing in some form or fashion. The greatest thing about the counseling profession is that there are so many ways I can practice being a counselor. I currently work for a nonprofit, but I could work in a hospital, a school, a private practice, a church, a crisis center, a military base, etc etc. One day I thought, “I wonder if there is any way I could be a yoga instructor AND a counselor at the same time.“ I was already teaching my clients the benefits of deep breathing, discussing the importance of physical exercise (and me using my love for yoga as an example), while at the same time exploring my clients internal feelings, worries, anxieties, and joys. You know what? Counseling IS yoga. Yoga IS counseling. It clicked for me. Immediately I started googling yoga therapy. I found out that there really is no specific definition of yoga therapy, but there is a LOT of information available at our fingertips. I’m not going to lie, I got a little overwhelmed. But, from what I can determine, there are people out there with similar goals to mine who are already doing what I want to be doing. They have degrees and licenses in counseling, but they are also certified yoga instructors. They are doing awesome things, doing private counseling sessions, to group yoga, to private yoga, to workshops, to art therapy, and on and on and on.
Recently I decided to see if there were any “yoga therapy” blogs. I couldn’t find many that were fitting my needs. I wanted a place that combined a bunch of research, techniques, ideas, thoughts, and resources for my definition of yoga therapy. I was disappointed but also excited. I thought, “What if I make that blog?” I don’t know if people will read this, or even if it’s something I will stick to at all. But, here I am. I’m excited at the prospect of spreading the word of how counseling and yoga can work wonders for any individual. Anybody can practice yoga; anybody can reap the benefits of yoga principles.
So, it is within this platform that I will swim through the many, many, (and sometimes confusing) topics of yoga, counseling, and yoga therapy. I already have a bunch of ideas that I want to write about. Follow me on wordpress, on twitter, and on instagram. (I love instagram.) I want to hear from you. I want to know what you want to know about. I want to hear your positive – and negative! – experiences with yoga, with therapy, with whatever. I will post a new blog every Sunday.
Find me on instagram and twitter: @makeyouom
I will be using the hashtag #howdoesthatmakeyouom or #makeyouom if you want to join in on the fun. 🙂