Drug addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disorder that causes compulsive drug seeking behaviour and use. This behaviour typically continues despite negative and sometimes harmful consequences to the self and to others (National Institute of Drug Abuse, 2017). Addiction is characterized and sometimes diagnosed based on a meeting two of the following criteria: Tolerance; Withdrawal (physical or emotional); Limited control; Continued use despite negative consequences; Neglected or postponed activities; Significant time or energy spent obtaining using, concealing, planning, or recovering from use; Desire to cut down (World Health Organization,2017)
Traditional yoga practices including postures and meditation, direct attention toward one's health, while acknowledging the spiritual aspects of one's nature. Mindfulness, as derived from ancient Buddhist philosophy, together with mindful meditation practices, such as gentle Hatha yoga asana and mindful breathing, have been increasingly integrated into treating addiction within primary health care settings (Khanna & Greson, 2013).
Current theoretical models suggest that the skills, insights, and self-awareness learned through yoga and mindfulness practice can target multiple psychological, neural, physiological, and behavioral processes implicated in addiction and relapse. A small but growing number of well-designed clinical trials and experimental laboratory studies on smoking, alcohol dependence, and illicit substance use support the clinical effectiveness and hypothesized mechanisms of action underlying mindfulness-based interventions for treating addiction (Khanna & Greson, 2013).
Laprana assists individuals overcome addiction through carefully considering how addiction takes form on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. On a physical level, we work together with the individual to develop a series of gentle hatha yoga asanas to release toxins from the body; these sequences typically have an emphasis on twisting, releasing and renewal.
Through a focus on building knowledge, awareness, mindful breath and movement I aim to assist the individual to overcome addiction on a mental and emotional level. Pranayama is employed to assist individuals in re-establishing their spiritual connection, whether this be re-connection to body or to something greater.
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Note: External Ayurvedic medical advice and treatment by a certified Ayurveda practitioner is highly recommended for individuals living with addiction, to provide crucial dietary, lifestyle, herbal and detoxification assistance.
BPsych(Hons) & Registered Yoga Teacher
My aim is to improve the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of the individual using a holistic, mind-body model of wellness. I take a philosophical, person-centred approach as I work together with the client to uncover the underlying issue at hand. By identifying the root cause of an issue, I believe we can more readily achieve transformative, lasting wellbeing. Based on the premise that every individual is complex and unique; treatment is tailored and personalised to suit the particular physical, mental, emotional and social needs of each individual.
After completing my Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) at Queensland University of Technology, I travelled to India where I completed my yoga teacher training course. Since then, I have lived between Brisbane, Byron Bay and Melbourne, working both nationally and internationally to integrate my passions in yoga and psychology.
By layering and melding ancient Eastern Yoga philosophy with more contemporary Western models of psychology, the profound principles buried in each of them become clearer and stronger, and an intensity of effectiveness becomes possible. Using a synergistic blend of techniques from both East and West, I believe deeply transformative, whole-self healing is possible.