Betsy Brandl Rippentrop, Ph.D
Yoga & Meditation Teacher
speaker & author
Blending Psychological Science
I have a foot firmly planted in both psychology and yoga. I firmly believe in the efficacy of both, AND, have seen a synergistic effect when yoga and psychology are integrated. It seems they are greater than the sum of their separate parts.
Yoga needs psychology.
psychology needs yoga.
This site is dedicated to yoga teachers and yogis interested in yoga for trauma and mental health. It is also dedicated to mental health practitioners interested in integrating the body into psychotherapy. Finally, it is dedicated to all individuals wanting to balance and enhance mental health amid these challenging times. I believe that change always starts at the individual level and trickles out to the collective.
In the yoga practice, emotional issues arise. With the creation of space in the body and the clearing of unbalanced energy patterns, old emotional and reactive patterns inevitably emerge (sometimes with a vengeance). Yoga is essentially the opportunity to move toward higher states of spiritual development, and psychological issues that are not addressed will cause distortions or prevent growth. Our modern psychological framework can help address what yoga brings to the surface.
In the practice of psychology, we recognize, work with, and grow out of unconscious patterns. This process can easily get us stuck in our heads analyzing, recapitulating, re-experiencing, and intellectualizing. Psychology needs yoga to help us more fully inhabit the body, which is where our feelings and emotions lie. The practices of yoga allow us to go several steps deeper into creating energy shifts, establishing more space in the body, and altering our body habits away from patterns that maintain depression and anxiety. As a bonus, when we get out of our head and into the body, we often come in contact with a wiser part of ourselves, and the healing and solutions we need naturally emerge.
Reconnect to Self
July 11–August 5, 2022
This 4-week course helps women return to their inner knowing via reconnection to their body, heart, intuition, and relationships. Welcome to all. For women in Iowa, this course is free due to grant funding through the state of Iowa.
Oct 12–Dec 14, 2022
A 9-week course to enhance emotional resiliency through the integration of yoga, psychology, and neuroscience.
The Heroine's Journey
September 19-March 22, 2022
Journey for 6 months into a process of transformation as we heal, reclaim, and reconnect to our inner self.