Yoga For Emotional Balance
with Barbara Brookens-Harvey
Yoga for emotional balance is a hatha yoga class aimed toward promoting physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. This class is a journey towards self- discovery. Basic yoga postures, philosophy, breath work and relaxation methods are taught to promote grace, flexibility, strength, balance, coping skills and stress reduction. This a gentle, slow moving class appropriate for beginners or those who already have a practice but want to focus more on self-healing, body alignment, and relaxation. Each yoga class is structured to fit the needs of the students. Students do not need to share any information with other members during class and will not be required or pressured into any postures that do not feel right for them. Modifications are provided and encouraged. Healing music and inspirational readings are incorporated into each class.
Yoga for Emotional Balance class meets Monday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.
Fee: $220 for 14 weeks
About Barbara Brookens-Harvey, LMSW, IMH-E, III
Barbara is honored and excited to bring her vast experience as both a clinical social worker and yoga practitioner together at Hygeia Center for Healing Arts. She believes that yoga, mindfulness, and the cultivation of joy and gratitude allows the body to move towards physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.
Barbara’s graduate coursework included advanced studies in clinical psychotherapy with individuals and families, developmental psychology, and attachment theory. During her graduate studies, Barbara was selected into a practicum with a concentration in Infant Mental Health, a program developed at the University of Michigan that promotes parent/infant bonding to support the optimal growth of the baby while supporting the woman’s positive adjustment to her role as a mother. Barbara successfully completed both her practicum and graduate studies with honors in 1991. Barbara has since worked as an Infant Mental Health Practitioner. In 2008 she earned an Infant Mental Health Endorsement, Level III, by the Michigan Association of Infant Mental Health.
While in graduate school, Barbara began her study of yoga with Inward Bound Yoga. After being a student for five years, she was invited by the teaching staff to complete an individualized teacher training program. In 2001, she began teaching and has since taught yoga to many different populations including, children, adults, adolescents, and pregnant mothers. Barbara continues to expand her knowledge of yoga by attending various classes and workshops. She has enrolled in a Registered Alliance Yoga Teacher Training course with a concentration in yoga therapy through Inner Door Counseling Services in Royal Oak Michigan and completed her RYT 200 in the summer of 2012.
In 2010, Barbara began to combine her love of yoga and her professional interests by working on a research project for yoga as an intervention for depression and anxiety with Dr. Maria Muzik, Director of the Women’s Mental Health and Infants Program, Department of Psychiatry University of Michigan. This research project proved great success for yoga as a treatment intervention for improving and supporting positive mental health outcomes.