About Yoga Counseling

Yoga Counseling provides one-on-one guidance for those who’d like to find out how Yoga philosophy can help them experience greater peace and happiness in all avenues of life.

Sessions generally begin with identifying primary areas of challenge – whether at work, with family, or in personal relationships.  By becoming more conscious of our particular patterns and the issues that trigger them, we become better at noticing challenges as they arise.  This allows us to redirect our thoughts and actions in a more constructive direction, instead of falling into unconscious behaviors that tend to deepen our challenges.

Along with identifying primary issues, we also explore the unconscious assumptions behind them.  By becoming aware of the limited or false beliefs that fuel our unconscious patterns, we build the ability to shift our actions.  We also build the capacity to see the mental patterns that create emotional tension and dis-ease and lead to choices that don’t serve us.  Through greater self-understanding, we can shift not only how we act but how we feel, experiencing greater peace in all circumstances.

Finally, as an integral part of this, we explore the primary techniques of Yoga, including meditation, breathwork, self-study, and asana.  These tools can help reduce stress and improve mindfulness, helping us maintain peace and presence while dealing with the challenges of daily life.  By finding the specific practices that fit us, we develop a simple but reliable set of practices that help us navigate even the most challenging areas of life from a place of peace, presence, and openness….

Common Questions

“Does Yoga Counseling require doing yoga?”

Not at all – “yoga” is completely optional.  Some clients find a personal practice to be valuable, while many prefer a more reflective approach.  My goal is to support each client in finding what works for him or her.  If you are drawn to the physical side, I am happy to help you build a daily routine, but if it doesn’t appeal, other practices are more than sufficient.

“Do I need to already be familiar with Yoga philosophy or do a lot of reading?”

Anyone can benefit from Yoga Counseling – even if you’re entirely new to Yoga philosophy.  My goal is to share the principles of Yoga in a way that resonates for you and applies to your unique situation.  As with the physical, I try to support clients in exploring the ideas of Yoga in the way that suits them – some through reading and study, but many simply through discussion and self-exploration.

“How is Yoga Counseling different from other forms of therapy?”

There are of course many forms of therapy, each with its unique benefits, however, there are two primary differences between Yoga Counseling and most other forms.  First, Yoga Counseling offers proven ways to identify the patterns that create discomfort in our lives, allowing us to readily see these when they arise and shift to healthier ways of thinking and in turn feeling.  Perhaps more important, Yoga Counseling helps us realize we are more than our patterns and gives us concrete tools to experience that greater self, even when our patterns, and the patterns of the people around us, are active.

“How frequent are sessions, and how long before I can expect results?”

Frequency can be tailored to the needs of each client – some choose weekly sessions, particularly at the start, in order to build positive momentum and accelerate change, while others prefer a more open structure.  Whether you select regular appointments for greater reinforcement or a more open approach in order to allow yourself time to integrate ideas and practices, a wide range of approaches are available.  For this reason, the time it takes to experience results depends on the degree of investment in the process, but most clients experience significant shifts in as little as a few sessions.

Free Initial Consultation / Scheduling a Session

To see if Yoga Counseling might be right for you, I offer free email consultation.  Future sessions can then be scheduled in person, via phone, or continued via email, depending on the form that is most comfortable for you.  You can reach me at: michaelmadhavan@hotmail.com

Yoga Counseling Session fees: $30/hour.

Michael Lloyd-Billington is a counselor, yoga instructor & personal trainer in Fort Collins, CO, with over 30 years’ experience as a teacher of meditation, Eastern philosophy, fitness & health.  To learn more visit his website at http://alternativepersonaltraining.bravehost.com or join him here on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelLloydBillington