This dynamic approach to therapy combines yoga and art to heal the whole person - body, mind and spirit - through the use of intention.
In this practical guide art therapists will learn how to incorporate yoga poses, mudras and meditation, and yoga therapists to introduce art directives, into individual and group clinical work for a more holistic healing process. Readers will discover the parallels that exist between the two modalities, and how to use a specific intention as a framework for structuring sessions, with the aim of reaching a deeper level of healing in their clinical work. Guidelines for staying within each modality's scope of practice and working ethically are included, as well as an extensive Practice Chart, which shows how to match treatment concerns with an intention, mudra meditation, yoga poses and art activity.
Ideal for art therapists looking to expand and enhance their practice, this book will also appeal to yoga therapists and teachers with an interest in art-based techniques. Although primarily meant for therapists, it is also accessible for individuals looking for self-improvement.
Karen Gibbons currently works in private practice incorporating yoga therapy and art therapy and as an art therapy consultant for the Art Therapy Outreach Center. She is a professional yoga therapist and has a master's degree in art therapy. She combines yoga and art therapy in her workshops, classes, supervision groups and individual counselling, and also teaches graduate level classes and workshops for expressive arts therapists. Karen lives and regularly shows her artwork in New York City.
Acknowledgements. Notes on Text. Preface: My Story. Introduction. 1. Modalities. 2. Mind, Body, Spirit. 3. Intention. 4. The Intention Centered Yoga and Art Therapy Method. 5. The Practice Chart for Yoga and Art Therapy. 6. Mudras. 7. Meditation. 8. Yoga Poses. 9. Art Directives. 10. Structuring Sessions. 11. Other Considerations. 12. Conclusion. References. Further Reading. Index.