Yoga Therapy

Yoga as therapy is the practice breath, movement and being that open energetic gateways towards health an all layers of being.

Jennifer as a yoga therapist more particularly follows the teachings of traditional Krishnamachariya whose focus is always on long, smooth breathing, synchronstic graceful movement typically fewer complex asanas and more focus on nutrition, holistic care, rest and digestion and daily reflection.

She invites you to come to practice as you are and plans with you unique daily rituals, a joyful breathing with light, purposeful movement that creates a desire and willingness towards groundedness and lift, strength and flexibility, inner awareness and outward expression.

Jennifer and Ray are also teachers of sequencing taught by Matthew Sweeney.  They offer therapeutic forms of both lead and self practice in the following forms of sequencing as regular workshops and courses.

The Moon Sequence.

This is a gentle flowing Vinyasa form of breath, movement and being accessible for all levels. The course offers experience of New Moon and Moon that are a wonderful support for women during the menstrual cycle and at any time of quiet and contemplation for women and men.

The emphasis is on the hips, groin, lower spine and abdomen, which will feel awake and alive after moving through the postures.  It takes pressure off the neck, shoulders and wrists and is useful as a regular alternative to the intensity of traditional Ashtanga Yoga.  Whether old or young, this sequence is great for any age.

It also explores variations including Shoulder Moon that helps develop space and gentle movement of shoulders in harmony with breath and movement.

Lion Cub

This is a more playful therapeutic sequence that is safe for beginners and offers remedial care for more experienced yoga practitioners.  It encourages muscle memory, body awareness and improves proprioceptive movement.  It is good for back conditions as it avoids deep forward bends and deep back bends whilst improving core stability. It is a formative practice for students who want to learn about the benefits of inversions and back bends in a safe way.

The course offers the experience of both versions of Lion Cub; using the wall with props, free standing and dynamic with no props.

Jennifer works in partnership with you, in listening, helping you listen and be curious, and supports this process with easy yoga therapy take home tools where this is helpful.

Jennifer researches the best available yoga therapy evidence for your unique circumstances and assists you in designing a daily ritual that may include breath, movement, meditation, sound vibration and relaxation, to enhance your innate capacity to heal.

For more information on Yoga Therapy, visit the Yoga Therapy Institute (Australia) website.

 “Yoga therapy is a self-empowering process, where the care-seeker, with the help of the Yoga Therapist, implements a personalised and evolving Yoga practice, that not only addresses the illness in a multi-dimensional manner, but also aims to alleviate his/her suffering in a progressive, non-invasive and complementary manner. Depending upon the nature of the illness, Yoga Therapy can not only be preventative or curative, but also serve a means to manage the illness, or facilitate healing in the person at all levels.”

TVK Desikachar