The practice of Yoga has many similarities to the facilitation of Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP). Yoga, like DMP focuses on the present moment of honouring the body. Through connecting with the breath, Yogis and sometimes clients of DMP, are brought into a relationship with themselves (inhaling) while simultaneously bringing awareness to others and the environment (exhaling).
As a working Dance Movement Psychotherapist and practicing Yogi, I am reminded that Yoga itself can become the dance between the light and dark within us. The light is what brings us to the mat, and the dark is what you uncover there. My instructor often reminds me, ‘don’t be afraid of the dark, for they are only shadows. You are grounded in the light and the light will set you free’. True to form after every Yoga class there is a lightness to my step.I leave with a better sense of flow that allows me to return to ‘life’ more flexible and more aware.
Yoga practice is a reminder that you cannot always control what goes on outside but you can attempt to control what goes on inside. All though yoga shares many principles of DMP, most importantly the integration of the body mind and spirit, DMP does not require ability. DMP is inclusive of all bodies.
There is no technique, or pre meditated postures in a session. All that is needed to participate is a willingness to explore and discover yourself through the body. Even this ‘willingness’ is something that can be developed within the DMP session, just being in the space can be enough.
There have been sessions before,when clients would enter my session requesting stillness, no dance, no large movements, just the gentle, yet vital movement of the breathing body.To be offered a non-judgmental space to just be in the therapeutic relationship, where the therapeutic process still unfolds, even in stillness, is one of the invaluable qualities of Dance Movement Psychotherapy.
This October I will be visiting the Om Yoga Show at London’s Olympia to explore more about yoga from a DMP perspective. The exhibition is running from the 24th to the 26th of October. I am aware that my roles as a Yogi and Dance Movement psychotherapist are sometimes interlinked, where at times yoga becomes my musical backdrop to my DMP practice. As yoga teacher, B. K.S Iyengar suggests: Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul, create the symphony of life
So for those who are searching for a work out which also provides a work in I would highly recommend Yoga!
Namaste, the divine light in me bows to the divine light in you.