Contact: Susie McCarthy
Business Name: Inner Balm Yoga
Business Location: Umina Beach on the Central Coast of NSW
Phone: 0402 052724
I enjoy assisting people through yoga therapy, with a focus on breathing, alignment and yoga nidra.
My own yoga practice started around 1987. Like most people, I started slowly, trying different classes, having a break here and there, until I found the teachers who really resonated with me. I have learnt and practiced with Kate Pell of Bowral Yoga, Shanti Yoga, Satyananda teachers including Atmaranta and Karmayogini, Karma Karuna and Pragyadara (Anahata NZ), Sal Flynn (psychotherapist and yoga therapist), Liz Bennett (physiotherapist and yoga therapist), Annette Loudon (yoga therapist specialising in yoga for cancer), Shirley Telles (director of research at Patanjali Research Foundation in India) and many other wonderful teachers.
Since my yoga journey began I have never stopped learning, attending courses, retreats, training and conferences. As well as my yoga teaching qualification, I am a qualified yoga therapist, registered with Yoga Australia (YA) which is the governing body for yoga teachers and yoga therapists. I have a particular interest in working with people suffering from anxiety, stress, fatigue, insomnia, chronic pain and related disorders. Yoga, mindfulness, pranayama (breathing practices), meditation and yoga nidra (deep relaxation) can assist greatly to help overcome these conditions.
I worked as a Senior Business Analyst in finance for around 20 years, while bringing up my 3 sons as a single mum. They were very busy and full-on years, and there were times when I really knew what stress felt like! There were a few times when I didn't manage the stress very well and suffered the consequences. I was lucky to have yoga in my life and was able to learn to use the best practices to manage that stress. This has become a focus of my on-going development and a focus in my yoga teaching. It would be a very rare occurrence to come to a class of mine that doesn't incorporate yoga nidra as I am such a believer in how much it can help anyone who has a busy lifestyle.
I have found that for me, as for most people, life experiences have shaped my life journey. I grew up with my mother suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), no doubt due to Post Traumatic Stress from the circumstances of her mother's death by suicide. Neither of my mother's conditions were diagnosed or named at that time and she received no treatment. Suicide was a taboo subject at that time, so she could never even talk about it. She died of cancer in 1986. I wish I could have helped her through yoga.
When going through my divorce, I found yoga helped me handle the stress and also helped me stay centred and grounded when I most needed it. Also, after suffering a shattered vertebra from being thrown from a horse around 25 years ago, I have used yoga over the years to strengthen my back and to keep it flexible. I am fortunate that I only very rarely suffer any pain from that old injury.
For a link to Yoga Australia, showing my membership and qualifications please click here.