Inner Balm Yoga Therapy

 

Please note that I am currently taking a break from teaching yoga. 

 

To find a registered yoga therapist or yoga teacher please go the Yoga Australia website, there you will find yoga practitioners who have met the requirements for registration with the governing body in Australia.  

The requirements for registration with Yoga Australia are more stringent than the requirements for other international yoga organisations.

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.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_yD9igY4pIciyj43q-oPYw/

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 https://youtu.be/ixIcA-nSx40  

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Below is a brief explanation of different styles of yoga that may help you to select a class that is suitable for you.

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.  

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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!

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.

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