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We at The Minded Institute believe that every person can improve their mental health. There is always hope. Every one of us possesses intrinsic wellness that cannot be tarnished or destroyed. Even though at times this inner well-being may be difficult to access, it is always present. Our wish is to help others reconnect to this innate wellness and we use a multi-dimensional approach that includes the whole person as part of this process.

Current research informs us that comprehensive programs involving both the body and mind are the most effective way to approach psychological health. This is why our Minded Yoga Therapy incorporates movement, self-awareness practice, meditation, therapeutic support and psycho-education.

This doesn’t mean that we have all the answers. But it does mean that because we take into account the psychology, physiology, anatomy, and spirituality of the person, healing becomes ever more available. Sometimes that healing is profound, while at other times it is a small but important shift that enhances quality of life.

Moreover, we believe that there is no way to extinguish all forms of suffering from life. Suffering is a normal and natural part of life. Through suffering we are able to grow and transform, we learn where our edges are and may expand beyond them. The idea that suffering is bad and wrong actually adds to pain and sorrow, alienating us from others when we feel down or blue. To be human is to have a range of different feelings. It is by embracing this reality, rather than shrinking away from it, that we are best able to live happy and productive lives. Further, by acknowledging communal suffering we develop compassion for others, enhancing our connections to other beings, instead of becoming isolated and alone.

Our goal is to empower people to regulate their levels of emotional turmoil from both a psychological and physiological perspective, while simultaneously cultivating tolerance and acceptance so that the natural vicissitudes and difficulties of daily life don’t need to be so upsetting. At the same time we help people to recognize the joy that is present in the most basic of things, even in the most trying of circumstances.

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