Inner Balm Yoga Therapy

When dealing with the physical and mental stresses of daily life, there is a need 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 your specific issues.  Your investment in getting a practice specifically for you will 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 stress and anxiety. Yoga Therapy is a very wide scope and most therapists specialise in their area of expertise, rather than covering all issues.

Yoga therapy sessions may incorporate gentle Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, breathing practices, and Yoga Nidra meditation.  Mantras and mudras are also 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).

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 good 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.


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.  Yoga therapy can be used to assist many issues, I have chosen to specialise in yoga therapy for anxiety, stress, insomnia and fatigue (general/chronic/adrenal).

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 the  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 for stress relief is on-going.  Click here for links to some scientific research that show 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, which may be gentle yoga postures or may be a relaxation recording.

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.)


Many private health funds offer a rebate for yoga sessions.  Yoga Australia has been very active in encouraging health funds to offer benefits for yoga.  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.