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Change is inevitable except from a vending machine

Trina Bawden-Smith - Tuesday, June 30, 2015
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves”.

These are the word of Viktor Frankl, a survivor of Auschwitz and other Nazi concentration camps, from his book Man’s Search for Meaning. It is a story not just of survival, but of finding meaning in the grimmest of situations. He witnessed that when all hope was lost, people either gave up the will to live and often perished or were forced to change how they think and feel in order to survive.

We are always faced with the prospect of change. Often we expend much time and energy trying to change external circumstances over which we have no control, rather than turning inward and exploring what we can change about ourselves in order to fit the circumstances we find ourselves in. I have personally spent a lot of time in this space over the past two years dealing with an unwanted and unexpected divorce.

The reticence to change may be due to our desire to retain control over external factors but control is largely a myth. From an external perspective we cannot control the decisions and actions of another, the environment or situations – no matter how hard we try.

From an internal perspective, we also have far less control than we imagine. We cannot control most of our bodily functions, we cannot control emotions or thoughts from entering into our awareness.

The only control we have is our ability to manage our reactions to these things, and in some cases even this may be limited.

According to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, suffering occurs because of outer and inner change. Yoga therapy gives us hope that we can use change, as an opportunity to remove obstacles and create space for positive change and even transformation.

We are delighted to be welcoming Barbara Brian to the Australian Yoga Therapy Conference stage this year to present on how yoga, as a curative, remedial and complementary therapy, can alleviate suffering and how Yoga therapy can be a catalyst for change.

This is a unique opportunity to learn from one of Australia’s most qualified and experienced yoga therapists, yoga therapy educators and long-standing student of TKV Desikachar

In her presentation, you will learn –

• An overview of the models and framework that support yoga therapy as a catalyst for positive change
• Yogasutra's and models from vedic texts that focus on yoga therapy and change
• How to apply the appropriate tools in the short and long term to assist the client achieve sustainable, positive change
• How the therapeutic relationship itself is an important tool in removing the obstacles to positive change
• How the quality of the connection between therapist and client is a major factor in the healing and change process
• How yoga as a curative, remedial and complementary therapy, can alleviate suffering

I hope you are able to join us at the Australian Yoga Therapy Conference so you can learn from Barbara Brian's decades of wisdom and experience of working with Yoga therapy and learn some useful tips and tools so can better assist your clients manage change!