Yoga + Mindfulness Courses
Yoga + Mindfulness for Anxiety + Stress
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This course is for adults (or older teenagers) who:
"99% practice and 1% theory"
Sri K Pattahbi Jois
While we won't be sticking precisely to this great yogi's ratio, the course will be predominately an experiential one, meaning that we will spend most of our time practicing yoga asana, pranayama and mindfulness meditation. The theory will be interwoven throughout the practice.
I will provide self practice exercises, and encourage and support you in developing a home practice, however it will be up to you whether you choose to do this or not. Naturally, you will derive more benefit from the course if you do the self practice exercises during and after the 6 week course, but I won't be checking!
The course is suitable for most, regardless of your yoga and meditation history, or your strength and flexibility. If you have concerns about your fitness level or mobility, please talk to me to see if this course is suitable for you. Each course will be tailored to meet the needs of each group, so when you're filling out your enrollment form, be sure to let me know about your experience and needs.
Please check with your psychologist, GP and/or other treating practitioners that this course complements your current treatment plan.
Registration for the 6 week course
Cost = $260 for the 6 week course
Medicare rebate = $189.90 (with a mental health care plan and a referral from your GP for 6 group psychological therapy sessions). Find out more about the Medicare rebate here. Please note that Medicare offers a rebate for eligible individuals for 10 group therapy sessions (this course) plus 10 individual counselling sessions per calendar year (you can receive a rebate for both, you don't have to choose between them).
Small class sizes.
Limited places are available.
Registration is essential.
Preparing for the course
Please wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely and sit comfortably. As the weather gets cooler, bring socks and a jumper.
Mats, blankets, bolsters and eye pillows are provided. However you may like to bring your own.
For the comfort of everyone, please do not wear strong scents or perfumes.
You are welcome to arrive 5 minutes before the beginning of class, to settle in and so we can start on time.
Q. I'm not fit and I can't touch my toes. Is this course for me?
A. Yes! Well, if you feeling anxious, worried or stressed, and you're interested in yoga and meditation to help you feel better, then it's for you. The class does require that you can move around the room, but you do not have to be super fit or flexible. Each course will be adapted to the needs to the participants. Contact me if you're not sure if this is the right class for you.
Q. I've been practicing yoga and meditation for years, will this course be too basic for me?
A. Beginner's mind is encouraged in this course. Chances are you will not be physically challenged in the asanas, but you will be taken back to basics, and will learn about how to apply yoga and mindfulness to help you feel happier and less anxious. The course is designed for all levels of practitioners. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Q. What kind of yoga are you teaching?
A. I draw from the traditions of classical hatha yoga, ashtanga yoga, yin yoga, yoga therapy, iRest Yoga Nidra and mindful yoga. The anxiety and stress course will be a gentle, flowing and relaxing class, with minimal use of props (although you're always welcome to use props if this is part of your existing practice).
Q. What is mindfulness all about?
"Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally"
"Mindfulness means paying attention with flexibility, openness, and curiosity"
We will be practicing formal and informal mindfulness exercises in the class. Informal mindfulness practices involve being aware of what you are doing and thinking in every day activities, and formal mindfulness practices involve seated (or lying or standing) meditations, with a focused awareness on things such as the breath, body, thoughts and feelings.
The mindfulness practices in this course are based on Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Integrative Restoration Yoga Nidra (iRest). These programs have their origins in Buddhist Vipassana Meditation, Advaita Vedanta and traditional Western cognitive behavioural therapy and neuroscience.
Q. Which course should I do? The depression or anxiety course?
A. If you're feeling down, the depression course is for you. If you're feeling worried or stressed, the anxiety course is probably the one that is best. However, many people with depression feel anxious as well and visa versa. If you're not sure, talk to your treating therapist or myself. You might benefit from attending both courses.
Q. I am feeling suicidal, can I still come to the course?
A. Talk to your GP and treating therapist to see if this is good time for you to attend. I am happy for you to attend, so long as you are receiving support from another therapist. Please talk to me about whether this is appropriate for you at this time.
Q. I am taking anti-depressant medication, can I still come to the course?
A. You are welcome to attend whether you are taking anti-depressant medication or not. Talk to your GP and treating therapist to make sure that this is a good time for your to attend. And let me know about your medication in your enrolment form, and if you make any changes during the course.
Q. I can't make the course on the days you're running them? Do you have any other options?
A. If I have enough interest, I will consider running a weekend workshop. Let me know if this would suit you better. I also offer individual counselling sessions, and will happily include elements of the course.
Q. I am yoga teacher, and would like to learn more about treating depression and anxiety in my yoga classes, can I attend?
A. No. This class in only for individuals who are experiencing anxiety or stress themselves. It is important that each participant feels safe and comfortable, and I believe that having 'observers' in the group would jeopardise this. However, if you are feeling down, anxious or stressed yourself, or you have a history of depression, you are more than welcome to attend for your own benefit.
I am planning on running Yoga and Mindfulness for Mental Health teacher training workshops in the future. These workshops will be aimed at yoga teachers, to help them support their students on the path to mental wellness. Research has shown that many people turn to yoga and meditation to help in times of need, and yoga teachers need to know how to best assist their students. Contact me if you're interested in knowing more.
Q. What do I need to do to claim the rebate from Medicare?
A. Take a look at this page.
Q. How is it that Medicare is offering rebates for a yoga and meditation course?
A. Medicare offers rebates for evidenced based treatment programs. Yoga and mindfulness are both evidence based treatments for a range of clinical disorders, including depression and anxiety. Mindfulness in particular has a strong evidence base, and is growing so quickly in mainstream treatment approaches that mindfulness-based therapies are now considered to be the 'third wave' of behavioural interventions (the 'first wave' came out of behaviourism and the 'second wave' out of cognitive therapy). In addition, traditional cognitive behaviour therapy has borrowed from both yoga and mindfulness in their treatments (for example, the breath training commonly taught as treatment for anxiety is a yogic pranayama practice, and becoming aware of unhelpful thoughts is part of a Buddhist mindfulness practice), they were just given different names.
If you want to get down to details, Medicare stipulates that certain services must be included by therapists delivering psychological treatment. The specific components stipulated by Medicare that are included in the Yoga and Mindfulness courses are:
The fine print
Payment for the full course is required to secure your place.
In case of cancellations, notice of one week is required to receive a refund for the course, minus a $50 admin fee.
No refund will be given with less than 1 weeks notice of cancellation.
There are no charges if you want to transfer your place to another person (but please let me know, and they'll still need to complete the necessary registration form).
Claiming the Medicare rebate is your responsibility. Please note that Medicare will only provide a rebate for the sessions you actually attend (so if you miss a session, you will not receive the rebate for that day).
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