A new approach to yoga and mental health.
– by Sophie Silverstone
Full Circle Yoga & Therapy (FCYT) owner and founder Steve Jones, LCSW, and his team walk a new path in their approach to mental and physical health. Drawing from his personal experience with Type 1 diabetes and addiction, Jones realized the mental health benefits of yoga during his own treatment. This inspired him to become a yoga and meditation teacher.
FCYT is a community hub for physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing and healing, a place to feel safe from shame. The National Survey of Children’s Health shows that nearly half of all U.S. children, newborns to 17 years old, have experienced at least one serious childhood trauma. Trauma is the #1 cause of death for Americans ages one to 46 years old. Yet for many, seeking treatment for mental health still has a shroud of shame around it.
Jones’ experience working in the field, counseling individuals struggling with ADHD, high-functioning autism, addiction, domestic violence and sexual trauma/ abuse led him to see how yoga could benefit a broad spectrum of mental health issues. Specializing in programs for Type 1/Type 2 diabetes and trauma including PTSD, FYCT is an approachable, welcoming place for all – at an affordable price.
FCYT offers classes such as Yoga for Anxiety, Silver Foxes (for seniors), and Yoga for Resilience (women only). A weekly event called Sunday Funday is a quick all-levels flow followed by a bike ride to lunch at a nearby restaurant. FCYT also offers counseling with their team of therapists, who are certified yoga instructors as well and who integrate yoga into their sessions.
Full Circle Yoga opened in late March in a building behind Batter’s Up Sports Bar on Main St. Don’t let the neighborhood give you the wrong impression, though; the studio is a two-story, beautifully remodeled building set back from the street with the yoga studio downstairs and private practice offices upstairs. Jones aims to create an approachable community for people who wouldn’t typically see themselves doing yoga. Jones and his wife, Jen have created a warm, tranquil and receptive place for everyone to learn, grow and heal as a community.