Hi and welcome!
"When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be stilled, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath." - Hatha Yoga Pradipika
I practice yoga therapy in Umina Beach on the Central Coast of NSW. Yoga therapy covers a multitude of issues, so most practitioners specialise in particular areas. My speciality is working with stress, anxiety and depression and also chronic pain.
I have completed over 1,000 hours of training, learning with many well respected teachers in Australia, New Zealand and India. My first yoga teacher training was with Kate Pell in Bowral. I then studied yoga therapy with Sally Flynn, Liz Bennett and Annette Loudon in Sydney. I also completed yoga nidra and restorative yoga teacher training at Anahata Satyananda Ashram in NZ. I have also completed many other training modules, at Mangrove Yoga on the Central Coast and in Rishikesh in India. My studies began with meditation and holistic counselling training at Nature Care College in Sydney in 2002.
I enjoy teaching in the local community, offering one-on-one yoga therapy sessions. I also offer community classes for specific health issues. Whilst all yoga can be regarded as therapeutic, a fully trained yoga therapist will be registered with Yoga Australia as a yoga therapist, not just as a yoga teacher. Always check that your yoga therapist is registered.
Yoga is for everyone, regardless of age and flexibility. Yoga calms the mind and opens the heart. My teaching now is mostly based on breathing practices, restorative yoga and yoga nidra (deep relaxation), as these practices are effective in bringing about the balance necessary in the body to facilitate physical and mental health.
In my teaching, poses are often supported with various props - that is partly to make the poses accessible to everyone, partly because we all need to get into poses without straining, and because props can enable even the most advanced yogini to get into a pose correctly or hold a pose a little longer.
Yoga, practiced correctly, is a way of improving your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual fitness. These things happen almost unknowingly as you become more familiar with your yoga practice. Practising yoga with awareness, incorporating your breath into movements, enjoying the feeling of stretching your body and getting clean fresh air into muscles that may not have been stretched for a while - all these things help to release tension and allow energy to flow more freely in your body. All this leads you to experience a sense of well being.
Before starting yoga therapy you will be asked to fill in a questionaire outlining your current state of health and issues you would like to address. Doing this before our first meeting saves time in the initial consultation.
People often seem to think you have to be flexible to try yoga. That is like saying you need to be able to play the piano to go to a piano lesson! Come to yoga to help your body become more flexible. And remember, yoga is not all about physical exercise, your session may involve quite a bit of lying quietly, exercising your mind.
If you have issues that have been on-going for a while, maybe your doctor has advised you to try yoga, please get in contact and I will endeavour to help you with a different approach.
It doesn't matter if you're trying to start a business, lose weight, start exercising, write a book, look after your family, reduce stress, or achieve any number of other goals ... who you are, what you have, and what you know right now is enough to get going.