Often clients have never experienced a positive and nurturing voice that gives them permission to put themselves and their needs first. Through yoga practice, this becomes internalized.
By checking-in and asking, “How does this feel?” we notice the body, our feelings, and emotions with alignment and awareness. By asking, “Does it feel good?” we notice our edge and give ourselves permission to back off. This mirrors the supportive and healing relationship in psychotherapy. What we are doing on the mat reflects what we are doing off the mat. This is very important.
Frequently this nurturing voice gives people permission to carry out self-care, part of which is sometimes to say “no.” To notice how they really feel stands in comparison to the critical voices that we hear, telling us “You should do this,” or “This is / you are not good enough.”