Yoga & Meditation


Research has shown that part of how we feel emotionally is triggered by our facial expressions and body postures. Our bodies communicate how we are feeling to our brain, so by changing our body, we can influence our emotional state.  For example, feeling calm while your body is tensed is unlikely. Therefore, letting go of tension is an opposite action practice that will allow anxiety to decrease while feelings of calm or peace begin to surface.  Yoga can be a wonderful first step to those experiencing difficulty with developing a meditation practice, as yoga is a moving mindfulness practice. Though it is not all sitting in silence, yoga can help develop the same “mindfulness muscle” in our brains.

DBT of South Jersey has two registered yoga teachers (RYT) on staff. Shaelene Lauriano is a registered yoga teacher (RYT) who received her 200-hour training with Anjali Power Yoga.   She has received training in trauma informed yoga and has experience teaching yoga regularly to a population of women struggling with post traumatic stress disorder. Trained as a power vinyasa teacher, Shaelene utilizes yoga with clients to help them counteract what depression, anxiety, shame and trauma have done to the body.  Action urges associated with these emotions are typically to isolate, hide and hold your head low.  Alexandra Panchella is also a registered yoga teacher who received her 200-hour training from the Yoga and Meditation Center of Haddonfield. Yoga practice can help through teaching poses that will open your heart, allow stillness, while also building empowerment and strength. Through a yoga practice, one can begin to find healing both mentally and physically.

DBT of South Jersey offers private yoga sessions as well as group classes and workshops. Please contact us for pricing and check the website for any upcoming workshops.


Mindful Meditation

Mindfulness is a form of meditation that simply means being awake. Letting go of what has happened, and what may happened, allowing ourselves to be present in only this moment without judgment. Sounds great right? Easier said than done. Our minds have not been trained to think in this way. In fact, if we had a remote control for our mind that allowed us to turn down the volume from time to time, it’s likely many would sign right up! The bad news is-that doesn’t exist. The good news? Mindfulness is the closest thing to it.

Mindfulness is linked to decreased depression, anxiety, stress and increased well-being, feelings of contentment and other positive emotions, improved relationships and overall health. There is a wealth of information on the benefits of having a regular mindfulness practice. Mindfulness is not about emptying our mind of thoughts; it’s about changing the relationship we have with our thoughts, as well as our emotions. Learning to “play nice” with them, so to speak. Mindfulness is an essential part of DBT, and anyone receiving therapy from a DBT of South Jersey clinician will learn about mindfulness. All of our clinicians believe in mindfulness and have a personal practice of their own.

Please contact us for additional mindfulness services, such as group or corporate sessions.