Yearning is a part of the beginning of anybody’s practice. You have to year to grow. You can’t want it one day, but not the next, and expect to make any real progress. You have to begin with some steady, inner hunger.
The Mastery of Yoga must not be measured simply by the ability to master the techniques of yoga like asana and pranayama, but by how it influences our day-to-day living, how it enhances our relationships, and how it promotes clarity and peace of mind.
Christina DiChiara, Psy.D. is a doctor of clinical psychology in Philadelphia. Her clinical work focuses on evidence-based and mindfulness therapies for the treatment of anxiety and trauma. Tina completed her doctoral study at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in 2012. Tina earned a master’s of science in counseling and clinical health psychology from PCOM in 2007, and completed her undergraduate degree at Villanova University. As a young child, Tina was trained in Transcendental Meditation (TM) by her father, a meditation technique that allows the mind to settle inward beyond thought to experience the source of thought — pure awareness, also known as transcendental consciousness. She was raised as a “citizen of the age of enlightenment,” and her upbringing followed Ayurvedic dietary and lifestyle practices designed to support well-being and live in accordance with natural law. In 2004, Tina completed the 250-hour Teacher Training Program at Wake Up Yoga, and she has been teaching yoga asana, Ayurvedic science, and Vedic philosophy ever since. In both her clinical work and her personal practice, Tina works to synthesize Vedic science and yogic practices with evidence-based psychotherapy to promote and maintain health and wellness.