Inner Balm Yoga Therapy

During the turmoil of the last months, I have been teaching on-line mainly through structured courses. 

Now that things look like they are becoming more controlled, I will be starting up some workshops shortly.  It has been an interesting time and, similarly to many other people, it has given me an opportunity to spend time learning and absorbing many new approaches and ideas.  

During this time of pause I have uploaded some Yoga Nidra meditations and yoga videos on YouTube at the link below, or search for my Channel "Inner Balm Therapeutic Yoga" on YouTube.

I believe it is a better option to practice with your teacher, but when that is not possible these other options can be very helpful.  It also allows you to see a little of my style of teaching to help you decide whether it is right for you. 

Try out a deep relaxation here  


When dealing with the physical and mental stresses of daily life, there is a need for a backup system to bring us back to a state of equilibrium.  Yoga can be your tool to do this.

Yoga therapy takes a step away from the usual class environment, allowing the focus to be on specific issues. In a one-on-one session we can look at your specific issues, or in a group workshop we work on a specific issue that is affecting the group.  

If you choose to work one-on-one with me, you will get a practice that is specifically designed for you and will most likely result in benefits you wouldn't achieve in a class.  You will be given a practice to take away and follow, which can then be refined when you are ready.

I offer private yoga therapy sessions for people from all walks of life who are dealing with issues including stress and anxiety, unresolved back pain, breathing difficulties (including asthma and allergies) or simply lack of direction. Yoga Therapy has a very wide scope and most therapists specialise in an area of expertise, rather than covering all issues.

Yoga therapy sessions may incorporate gentle Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, breathing practices (Pranayama) and Yoga Nidra meditation.  Mantras and mudras may also be incorporated where appropriate. 

Restorative yoga is a gentle stretching form of yoga with relaxation in the poses, breath awareness and yoga nidra (deep relaxation).  This form of yoga will help you to slow down, relax and get back in control of your feelings and life.  Suitable for anyone, whether you are just a little tired, suffering from the stresses of day to day work and life, mild to chronic anxiety, chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue or insomnia.

Yin Yoga is a slow moving yoga practice.  Once you are in a pose, it is held for a couple of minutes (or more, for more experienced practitioners). Yin Yoga can be quite strong, but that is not the style I teach!  The way I offer Yin is as a gentle practice.

Chair Yoga is an adaptation of yoga poses to be done in a chair, eliminating the need to get up and down from the floor.  It tends to be a slower practice and can be a very effective form of yoga.

Slow Yoga is a combination of the best bits from all the types of yoga I have encountered!  From discovering the miriad benefits of a gentle yoga style, it has evolved into what I refer to as "slow yoga" that is generally most beneficial for assisting the issues that present.

Pranayama is a series of breathing practices.  In our busy lives we often become detached from our breathing process and unaware of how to obtain the full benefits of using our breath effectively.  We start with breath awareness and move on, when suitable, to more advanced breathing practices incorporating breath control.

Yoga nidra is a form of deep relaxation ideally practiced lying down, also known as psychic sleep.  Yoga nidra is a form of meditation, but a more accessible form for many people.  The instructions guide you, rather than just having you sit and await enlightenment! Practised correctly, it can be very effective for relieving stress and anxiety, and great for general well-being.

During Yoga Nidra you will be reminded to stay awake and aware, but sometimes this isn’t achieved.  Just trust the process, knowing that you are in a very receptive state. If you have fallen asleep be grateful for the opportunity you have had to have a deeply rejuvenating rest.

Mantra is offered in the form of a chant or phrase to be repeated when needed.  Often in Sanskrit!  The power of Sanskrit is in the vibration of the sounds.  You may be familiar with "Aum", "Namaste", "Om Tat Sat" or "So Hum".

Mudras are most usually simply hand positions which direct energy in a specific way.  Think of Chin or Gyan mudra used by meditators, with the thumb and first finger touching whilst the hands rest on the knees.  


Yoga Therapy

If you have an issue, whether physical or mental, yoga therapy can assist in providing an alternative approach to assist with many conditions.  A yoga therapist has undertaken at least 650 hours of additional training on top of their yoga teacher training.  Many aspects of a general yoga class are therapeutic, but it is not the equivalent of yoga therapy!

I am a yoga therapist registered with Yoga Australia.  Always check that your yoga teacher / yoga therapist is registered with the appropriate body, as this ensures a standard of training has been met that provides a level of assurance.

Techniques used in yoga therapy sessions can be taken out into your day to day life and used to help you cope with situations that occur. Also suitable for carers, as it can help you deal with the demands that may be placed on you.

Research into the benefits of yoga and yoga therapy is on-going.  Click here for links to some scientific research that show some of the benefits of therapeutic yoga.

Please ring to book a time that suits us both.  Price - $105 per hour, $280 for 3 sessions, $450 for 5 sessions booked in advance. To obtain benefit from yoga therapy you will need a minimum of 3 sessions, but you may wish to simply try one session to see if it suits you.

You will also be given a home practice to use between our sessions and also for when you feel ready to go it alone.

You will be asked to fill in a health questionaire so that I have a broad understanding of your issues before the booked session.  This saves time during your session.

Payment methods:  Cash, direct deposit, cheque (made out to S McCarthy), Paypal (to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


Therapeutic Yoga Workshops and Retreats

When I attended my first yoga teacher training, most of the trainees were a little nervous about starting to teach, wondering whether we had enough knowledge to call ourselves teachers.  Our wonderful teacher had some advice, "The people who find you will be those who can benefit from your knowledge.  Don't worry!"

It was great advice!  I have always felt that the people who find me, either through reading my website or through word of mouth, seem to be those people I can assist.

A large percentage of those people have been women who are working in demanding jobs, often juggling work pressures with family responsibilities. I think almost everyone suffers from stress, some to a greater degree than others, but we all need to have some tools to deal with the stress in our lives as it affects everything we do.  If left un-managed, stress leads to a wide range of issues, physically and mentally. 

From that realisation my focus has shifted and I decided to offer workshops and retreats to help people stay fit and healthy.  I now specialise in yoga therapy pathways and workshops, both in person and on-line to keep the creative juices flowing, stay looking radiant and deal with the pressures of life.

I spent many years working in the corporate world as a senior business analyst.  I chose not to continue to climb that ladder as I saw the hard work and stresses placed on people above me, and I had enough of that in my life already and at the level I was at!  I chose instead to take the yoga pathway to understand more about how our bodies react, and how we can combat the issues that arise, and to share that knowledge with others.


Yoga and Your Health Fund

Until early in 2019, most private health funds offered a rebate for yoga and yoga therapy sessions. Unfortunately that has now changed and most funds do not offer any rebate (this was due to a government decision) for many modalities that were previously covered.

Yoga Australia has been very active in encouraging health funds to offer benefits for yoga and have put a lot of effort into lobbying the government to continue with this, as did many other alternative medicine organisations.  Unfortunately, this currently has not been successful, however I believe their efforts are on-going.  In some circumstances if your doctor prescribes yoga therapy as part of a health plan you may be able to claim.  Each fund is different, so I encourage you to investigate whether this is an option.

You will always be provided with a receipt for your yoga sessions, usually emailed to you. Receipts will include my Yoga Australia membership number, which is the requirement for most funds. Please check with your fund to find out what they will cover.  Sometimes a health management plan from your doctor will incorporate yoga.