Coach, Guide, Teacher
Claudia is an experienced coach-guide-teacher of yogic spirituality and healing. For more than 15 years, she has been studying and practicing Hatha Yoga, Yoga Psychology, and several healing modalities of Eastern wisdom teachings and the mystic arts, more recently under the guidance and mentoring of her spiritual teacher in India. Claudia is the author of Yoga Psychology for Mental Health: A Guide to The Wisdom of Eastern Philosophy and Yoga Psychology for Mental Health and Healing. You can find the book here.
Claudia is a Clinical Counselor in the US with a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is the founder of Claudia Carballal Counseling, PLLC where she provides professional counseling services to individuals, couples, and families. She also provides Trauma-Informed Counseling Therapy with a non-profit organization dedicated to assist survivors of domestic violence and human rights violations, often including immigrants, refugees, and asylees from all over the world and the local community.
Claudia often leads workshops and presentations on mental health, counseling psychology, yoga and meditation. To know more about Claudia's transformation from student to spiritual teacher and healer, visit Claudia in India.
Universal Principles of Yoga Psychology
Claudia specializes in Yoga Psychology and Ayurvedic Psychology— two modalities that help individuals find balance and self-fulfillment based on modern methods of psychology and the universal wisdom of Eastern philosophy.
The primary aim of Yoga is to find liberation and achieve life fulfillment by knowing our true Self and understanding our life purpose.
Eastern wisdom includes the teachings of Yoga and Vedanta— a school of Hindu philosophy believed to be one of the classic paths to spiritual realization in Hindu tradition (Sanatan Dharma). This philosophy refers to the idea of the true-Self, the spirit or Atman, as the highest metaphysical reality. Realizing and connecting with our true-Self is the most important aspect of human beings and the best gift we can give to the world and those around us.
The teachings of Eastern Philosophy, Yoga Psychology, and Vedanta can be beneficial in helping individuals to know themselves and achieve liberation and Self-realization.
How do we achieve self-realization? By acquiring knowledge (vidyā) of one's true identity or true-Self.
"We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far." ~ Swami Vivekananda
Why do we struggle to know our true Self?
Our desire to grow and evolve is deeply ingrained in our human psyche and DNA. Yet, most human beings have a difficult time knowing their true Self.
Our mind plays games with us. It pulls a curtain in front of us that creates an illusion. But it is your Self who sees-- you are not behind the curtain. So, to know your true Self, your spirit, you have to turn inwards and realize that you observe from your Self. The curtain pulled down by the mind then becomes irrelevant and you are centered in consciousness no matter what happens around you.
The mind is trained to have more than 60,000 thoughts per day. It creates duality— black and white thinking, good or bad, fears and doubts. It follows patterns of thought and behavior that have been carved into our brain pathways for years. We give the mind too much authority and importance and this is the cause of many of our health issues and distorted perceptions.
Fear caused by the mind is the number one block to Self-knowledge and true realization. Yogini Claudia helps individuals overcome their fears and discover their true Self to understand their life purpose and achieve Self-Realization.