Everybody knows that yoga is good for you, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Doing the asanas–focusing on your breathing and meditating–brings on peace of mind, lowers your stress levels, and reduces your susceptibility to certain illnesses.
There are instances however, when yoga isn’t enough. When unwanted thoughts, behaviors, and emotions are deeply entrenched, you need to do more than asanas, pranayama (breathing), and meditation to change them. Deprogramming these without the necessary tools is almost impossible.
This is where hypnotherapy, specifically self-hypnosis, which is a yogic practice as well, can help.
Hypnosis is a state where the mind is in deep and complete relaxation. At this state, you’re in touch with the subconscious which plays a major role in regulating your innermost thoughts and behaviors.
Self-hypnosis is just a way to communicate with that subconscious. When it’s done when the mind and body are completely relaxed through the practice of yoga, it can be a potent tool to reduce self-destructive behaviors.
There are many unwanted habits and behaviors that can be addressed with hypnotherapy. These include being addicted to substances like alcohol and drugs, and even smoking and overeating. Simply saying that you will stop doing these unhealthy habits will not be enough; there’s a reason you have engaged in these behaviors, and only your subconscious may know why.
However, it’s not just in addressing self-destructive habits that hypnotherapy can help you. It also helps lower stress-related psychological and psychosomatic ailments, like migraines, allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, and even a weakened immune system. These illnesses are caused by deep-seated stress that has gone on unchecked for a long time.
Hypnotherapy goes direct into the root causes of these illnesses and tells your mind and body what to do to help alleviate the symptoms. This is the reason why Patanjali Institute’s founder Dr. Sohail Ebady, a hypnotherapist and yoga teacher for more than 20 years, decided to teach yoga teacher training courses together with hypnotherapy.
Combining Yoga and Hypnotherapy
According to Dr. Ebadi, you gain complete relaxation when doing yoga, a state where self-hypnosis works best. Auto-suggestions at this time, as well as doing visualizations and sankalpa (“will, purpose, or determination”) can go a long way in reducing your tendency for self-destructive acts.
The combination of Yoga Teacher Training Thailand and Hypnotherapy is indeed unique to Patanjali Institute. And while some people may believe that it may be too much to learn to be a yoga teacher and a hypnotherapist at the same time, the fact is that Dr. Ebady has been practicing both for a long time, and know how to handle students well to make sure that their learning is optimal. The number of students per course is limited as well to make sure that Dr. Ebady has ample opportunity to observe, assess, and guide each student.
If you want to find out about the unique program that the Patanjali Institute offers, specifically the yoga teacher training and clinical hypnotherapy training in Chiang Rai near Chiang Mai, Thailand, check out our schedule for upcoming classes and availability. If you want to undergo the program in beautiful Bali, here’s our schedule.