At Karma Co., we seek to break the vicious circle of mental health loss by giving people tools so that they can cultivate their well-being and improve their health. Our program is focused on improving the quality of life and the individual potential to achieve health and not just a decrease in symptoms. We stimulate cognitive skills that promote observation, discernment, and the adoption of healthier beliefs that serve as the basis for constructive behaviors and that generate greater mental health. There is plenty of evidence that these approaches facilitate disease resistance, minimize and delay the onset of disorders, and promote a faster restoration of health in the event of disease. Within the spectrum of mental health interventions, positive promotion and prevention are possible and both have a scientific basis. Through the psycho-corporeal tools of the practice of Yoga, we stimulate the autonomy of people with respect to their health, since we help cultivate the individual capacity of each student to continuously decide on their own well-being and to act autonomously around it. We do this through activities that allow patients to reflect on the beliefs that generate harmful behaviors, and then, they themselves propose better strategies to deal with the stimuli that trigger stress. These skills allow people to be able to transform moments of discomfort and crisis into opportunities to analyze their own worldview, challenge unhealthy beliefs, and making changes consciously. Thus, people increase their individual capacity to adapt and deal with the daily challenges of life without compromising their health. Many studies show that increasing stress resistance, developing social skills, and problem-solving capacity are key in the most effective mental health intervention, prevention, and promotion programs. Through the exercise of consciousness, we help increase resilience, so patients can live demanding emotional experiences with flexibility and adapt to changes.
Inducing the relaxation response
The first step is to restore the body's ability to relax. Without this component, reflection and self-observation are very difficult, since chronic stress affects our brain and therefore, our cognitive abilities. The constant sense of danger inhibits our capacity for introspection and belief restructuring. The relationship between the body and the mind is close.
Just as the brain generates physiological arousal responses in the body by the stimuli it receives, the body can send relaxation signals to the brain in the same ways. The main biomechanical elements that induce the relaxation response are deep breathing exercises and neuromusculoskeletal relaxation.
We teach our students to induce relaxation through techniques that calm the body and, therefore, the mind, taking into account 3 main factors.
Progressive muscle relaxation:
Our program includes the practice of asanas focused on the release of muscular tensions through the toning and relaxation of different muscle groups. We focus especially on those who are involved in breathing to mechanically increase the respiratory capacity of students.
Progressive muscle relaxation requires practicing a more conscious connection of the central nervous system with the peripheral nervous system. Once we can establish conscious relaxation of the muscles, it is easier for the state of relaxation to occur daily, positively affecting the general state of mind of patients.
Establishing a focal point of attention in breathing:
Through pranayamas, we encourage the change of breathing patterns especially in the face of stressful stimuli. Using Asanas that demand a moderate amount of physical strength and encouraging deep breathing focused on specific points of the body.
In this way, we encourage that people develop a greater awareness and respiratory capacity while giving a focused point of attention to the mind to prevent unhealthy thoughts from being triggered.
Meditation is a very important source of stress relief because it works on the patterns that our minds work on. Through meditation exercises, we teach students to observe and disidentify from the activity of their minds.
This helps break rumination cycles of thought that are often a very common source of psychological stress and a classic symptom of many mental disorders. Various studies show that by voluntarily altering mental patterns, we can see measurable changes in the activity of the central nervous system.
The mind can take us away from well-being if we don't pay attention to ourselves. We also provide tools that facilitate self-observation to detect past experiences and teachings that shaped the belief system and that generate painful behaviors.
Discomfort is a messenger, when we learn to listen to it we manage to transform crises into introspection and personal growth. In this way, students learn to better manage their thoughts, emotions, and actions, they manage to feel confident in themselves while preventing future mental health problems.
Spirituality and Mental Health
From our point of view, the main threat to health is the mind without observation, ignorance of oneself, and the paradigms that we internalize and that generate unhealthy behaviors. In yoga, we call this Ignorance, and we know that it is the main obstacle to human fulfillment. Through our methodology, we propose tools that allow for greater health and help to generate more effective ways of treating mental disorders.
Yoga practice consists of techniques for the development of self-knowledge that allow us to transcend ignorance through discernment. We are convinced that the path of health through awareness and wisdom, this is truly the spiritual path.