My student Helen Swan: What keeps you coming back?
My Yoga class is one time in my busy week when I can think about myself, so I find the meditation time invaluable . But I cannot imagine how the strength in my body would have deteriorated without our strengthening movements.
2. Or is this you ? - Your pain is really long term: Come to Gentle Yoga for Persistent Pain
You need safe and sensitive tools to help you manage your condition. These specialised classes help people who have been in pain for a lengthy period because they retrain the brain's pain response through somatic (body) and cognitive (mind) practices. Research shows that the brain can change due to its capacity for neuroplasticity - good news for long term pain sufferers!
Yoga has been shown to reduce stress (& cortisol levels), depression, PTSD symptoms, chronic pain and insomnia. I have specialised training in Yoga for Pain and I can help you.
Book in for an initial private consultation for assessment. Then either group classes or private classes may suit your personal wellbeing. For some people, just a couple of private classes create a significant change. It's very individual of course.
Venue: vitalyoga studio. Term 1 dates 2020: 4th Feb - 31st Mar
Tuesday evenings 5.45pm - 7.00pm Gentle Yoga for Persistent Pain group class. Fee: $20 per week, paid upfront for the term. Or choose private sessions at times to suit. You must complete the private assessment class first.
Fees: Initial assessment $120. Allow 1.5 hours. Group classes: Book in for the Term of 9 weeks $180
I was super happy last night at Yoga. I feel like my body is remembering that I can do some of the Asanas without pain or discomfort. As my physio has told me, my whole nervous system needs to be gently coaxed out of hyper protective mode and reacting by switching muscles into extreme tension. With your help I am slowly, slowly retraining my nervous system and mind. Thank you!
From Jacqui King:
Yoga for Persistent Pain practice with Pam has taken me on a journey from constant anxiety about my pain to being relaxed, accepting and confident to move, to practice and live my life again. The injury and pain are now just a feature of me - just like my hazel eyes and red hair
From Roni R:
What have I gained out of iRest and meditation?
I have gained a safe space, a place I can go to when I am in pain physically and mentally that is personal to me. It is beautiful and calm. I can go to a place that distracts me from the pain. It may not get rid of all the pain but it is a safe haven. A place I never had. I have strategy I never had before.
Breathing, Yes we all can breathe, but there are so many ways we can control our breathe to control our pain. I'm still learning this, and I'm eager to continue to help my body control pain through my breath.
Journaling, I was always a big journalling girl. Ever since I was young. It was an escape for me. So it wasn't a big thing to pick up again. But it was a big help too. Sometimes I would come home after a session and fill up pages of words. Whether they made sense didn't matter. It was just a brain dump! It felt good.
Boundaries, I have courage to set clear boundaries. Something I never did before. It took a long time to accept I need to be number one. As a mother and a wife. Putting yourself first is one of the hardest things I have done. But I have finally accepted this is what I have to do. Boundaries with people also. This was hard as I'm a yes girl. I Had to stop that. It was making me more sick. The days of supergirl are over!
I am getting there slowly through iRest and Pam's help. Again, it is not easy and it has taken time. But for me it's worth it. My mind is more at ease. This has been an important therapy for me. And I am grateful I found Pam to guide me and hopefully I will continue to get stronger week by week.
From student Sue D : I love the way yoga energises me and makes me feel grateful for what I’m able to achieve. Regular attendance puts “normality” into my life and gives me the confidence to try most things in the non-threatening environment you provide. Yoga has given me more stability, balance and flexibility which improves my walking. It has improved my core strength and prevented me getting abdominal hernias. The breathing techniques are wonderful and I find myself using them in moments of stress. I always leave the class feeling great and much more relaxed than when I arrived.
The women in the class are very friendly and I feel accepted by the group. Yoga also helps me to remain positive. I feel very fortunate to have been accepted into your class Pam. Thankyou.
I am feeling positive, more flexible and also more challenged and productive with a variety of breaths and movements that work all areas of the body and mind, while also appreciating Pam's options to modify, slow or even cease movements when my pain is prohibitive. The small class-size and warm studio really do allow me to focus better, ask questions and be informed too. I feel that I am becoming kinder to myself.