Emotional Freedom Yoga

 
 

What is Emotional Freedom Yoga?

A new approach to healing that integrates the practices of Tapping Technique with a Mindful Yoga Practice. Emotional Freedom Yoga (EFY) focuses on the discomfort a person may feel within the mind, body, and spirit. By calling awareness to this discomfort, individuals may better understand what they are feeling, why they are feeling this way, and where this may be manifesting as tension in the body. EFY follows the bottom-up method and understands that discomfort appears first as tension in the body. After using Tapping Technique to calm the parasympathetic nervous system, individuals are able to move deeper into an asana practice allowing the energy to open and move from the Root Chakra up to the Crown Chakra and release the energy entirely.

 

The Flow

Every EFY class follows the same asana flow so that those who partake in the classes can continue their healing outside of the studio. Class always start with 5 rounds of tapping on a blockage that is present in our lives, after working through a guided body scan to see where the tension is stored in the body. The class follows a mindful movement flow to release the stored energy from the body. Each asana targets a different chakra point to bring balance back into energetic channels starting from the root chakra and working up to the crown chakra.

Who is this practice for?

EFY is great in group settings for those who experience day-to-day stressors, anxiety, perfectionism, and self-doubt as well as other common blockages that keep us from taking action towards our goals or blockages that make us feel out of alignment with Self. 
For those who are working through trauma, this is also a great practice to partake in. Depending on where you are in your healing journey and what understanding you have for your triggers, I recommend reaching out for a private session or a free consultation to find the best option for you!

Bottom-Up Approach

The bottom-up approach begins with the sensations acquired through the physical body, accepting that feelings and body sensations happen first in a reaction. A growing number of complex trauma practitioners believe the bottom-up approach regulates and adjusts the visceral responses associated with complex trauma. This happens by resetting trauma-related emotional and sensory states stored within the limbic system and peripheral nervous system (or the subconscious body.)

Why EFY?

Through months of personal study, group study, and 1:1 peer studies, EFY proves to calm the nervous system before moving into a flow. This helps on many levels but a few main parts being; 

1. It allows for the mind quiet down which brings us deeper into mind body connection and therefore present moment. 

2. A calm nervous system provides space for deeper stretching and release as the body is no longer holding onto tension due to a heightened sympathetic nervous system response (constant stressors.) 

3. Drawing awareness to where the emotion is being held in the body provides greater insight and clarity on exactly what the emotion is and why it is present. 

4. This practice brings in energetic cleansing and alignment as each chakra point comes into balance.