We are interested in starting a regular small group for people affected by cancer (child, adolescent or adult). The group would be open to people who are on treatment, survivors, family members (including bereaved family members), and health professionals. The purpose of the group is to provide support for each other, as well as to delve into evidence based yoga related techniques, including: yoga nidra (learning how to have better sleep), meditation (even if you don’t think you can sit still), breathing techniques, stretches, and gentle/restorative yoga. The exact content of each session will vary and will depend on the needs and wishes of people in the group. Traditionally, yoga is done on the floor, but we can provide comfortable seating to cater for your needs.
In our own family we have experienced the trauma of serious childhood cancer. By running this group we are able to use our yoga knowledge, and personal experience, to give back to others. We are passionate about helping others affected by cancer.
The cost is free but donations would be welcome to assist us in running programs to help as many people as possible.
Please contact Shanti to register your interest: firstname.lastname@example.org
Group attendance may be open to people under 18 years of age but please contact to discuss. The group may also be suitable for people affected by other life threatening or serious chronic illnesses.
We also provide 1-to-1 yoga therapy.
Come and join us in creating and walking a sand art labyrinth at Maori Bay (South of Muriwai Beach).
Labyrinths are walkable art and they offer us an opportunity to connect with ourselves, each other and nature; to transform and heal; to embark on a small pilgrimage of tranquility and peace; and as a meditative and mindful experience. Later in the afternoon, the sand art is washed away into the ocean by the returning tide.
More details are on our event page, at EventBrite, and on our Facebook page.
We offer a safe, healing, yoga experience for people affected by cancer. This includes children and adults with cancer, family members, and professional caregivers. It's a tough journey but it's good to know that appropriate, adapted, yoga poses can even help people who are actively unwell.
Recent research has shown that cancer patients who regularly practice yoga, experience less inflammation, less stress, and greater energy. The key is that yoga poses need to be adapted to the person's particular illness and issues so that it makes a positive difference. Even if someone is bed ridden, there are small physical yoga poses that can be used, perhaps in conjunction with yogic meditation, gentle chanting, breathing practices, and yoga nidra (yoga sleep).
We have released two yoga nidra style videos on our Facebook page. We will be releasing more, but please pop over to Facebook for a dose of relaxation or meditation.
Our weekly Restorative Hatha Yoga class started last night. This class runs most Sundays from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. It includes physical yoga asanas, breathing yoga, and sleep yoga (Yoga Nidra). The group is small so we are able to tailor the content to your specific needs.
We offer discounts for teachers, students, and those affected by cancer.
Come and join us, for one session or several. Please contact us for more information or visit the Event Brite page to book.
In thinking about adding years to our lives, the Book of Life reminds us of the perhaps greater importance of adding life to our years through becoming more childlike and natural. Mindfully noticing and appreciating things around us brings many benefits:
"We should be aiming to lead lives that feel long because we have managed to imbue them with the right sort of open-hearted appreciation and unsnobbish receptivity, the kind that five-year-olds know naturally how to bring to bear. We need to pause and look at one another’s faces, study the evening sky, wonder at the eddies and colours of the river and dare to ask the kind of questions that open our souls. We don’t need to add years; we need to densify the time we have left by ensuring that every day is lived consciously – and we can do this via a manoeuvre as simple as it is momentous: by starting to notice all that we have as yet only seen."
We are very excited to tell you about our special Easter gift - perhaps for you or someone you know. Please spread the news! Our gift is for anyone who has, or had, cancer (childhood or adult), their close family members, and the professionals who give so much to heal others. If you have been affected by cancer, or know someone who is affected by cancer, please contact us. Nobody will miss out for financial reasons and people are invited to discuss their situation in confidence. For example, the going rate for most private yoga sessions in Auckland is around $100. If you are affected by cancer the rate could be between $10-$50 for a private one-on-one session. The type of help that we can provide includes:
Depending on the situation, options include a small group class, one-on-one sessions, walking in nature, or via skype. Please email Shanti to discuss.
Research published by Johns Hopkins University, shows that gentle yoga builds strength, better joint health, energy, balance and flexibility, all of which are important to people affected by arthritis and for older people in general.
Johns Hopkins Arthritis ran a large clinical trial and it found that:
"In our study we provide critical new evidence showing that in people with arthritis who are sedentary, yoga appears to be safe, feasible, and enjoyable for people with both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, and that it results in important physical and mental health benefits for people who practice it regularly."
People with health issues may need talk to their doctor before beginning yoga training, however, the evidence is that gentle, beginner level yoga training over several weeks can make a big difference to quality of life.
Yoga Wabi Sabi is a family of registered yoga teachers. We can design a programme suitable for you or your group. We can come to you for group lessons. We also have private lessons available at various locations or at our studio.
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