Insomnia affects many, and it can have serious effects on mental and physical health. Some people drink, or use prescription medicines, to try to deal with their insomnia, but these "solutions" can cause their own serious health problems.
In these sessions Shanti will show you ancient yogic techniques that can promote restful sleep, peace, relaxation and happiness. Sessions can be booked at your place (by arrangement), our yoga studio, or via Skype or similar. Insomnia Yoga can be a one off, or as a series of sessions. If you are tired of being tired, yogic sleep could make a real difference.
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: email@example.com
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.
Come along to our fermentation workshop, where Shanti and Madhuri will show you how to make milk kefir and a selection of delicious, healthy fermented vegetables. You will go home with a genuine Kefirko kefir fermenting jar, 2-3 different types of vegetable ferments (for example, sauerkraut, pickles or carrots/daikon mix), recipes, and our contact details for any questions. We will have fun doing something healthy and interesting.
Please note that spots are limited.
Yoga is good for everyone. And for everyone there is a form of yoga that will work for them.
School is the perfect place for yoga with recent research showing that yoga works better than detention, it helps calm students and teaches them real skills to deal with stress, and it helps them to cope with trauma.
Schools need yoga. Yoga helps students and it provides a better, calmer environment for everyone.
Yoga can be done anywhere. One of our favourite things is yoga at a beautiful beach or in a forest. It lifts the spirits and provides a more meaningful experience. According to the Yoga Journal, benefits include better connection to our roots, the replenishment of depleted energy, and the reduction of stress hormones. The next time you feel tired or stressed, why not go outside and try a few minutes of yoga or meditation? Or join us on our next outdoor yoga event.
Yoga is not just for young adults. It helps older adults to retain flexibility and strength. According to the Duchess of York yoga is an important component of healthy ageing. The Duchess is 70 years old but maintains an active yoga practice. Of yoga, she says:
"It's very good for you as you get older, it makes you less stiff - good for your muscles. It makes you much more supple. I think it's very important as you get older to take exercise and stretch."
Yoga is an extremely useful tool for older adults seeking to maintain a good quality of life. If you already practice don't stop. If you don't already practice it's time to get going.
A recent article summarised some of the ways that yoga can be good for you:
Many high school and university students have exams coming up soon. In our yoga teaching tool kit we have many tools that help to calm pre-exam nerves, including simple physical yoga stretches to energise and relax, breathing techniques to help quiet an anxious mind, sleep yoga training so that you get the rest you need, and simple meditation and relaxation techniques.
If you are facing exams, a few minutes spent each day on yoga may help. If you need help, we are available for lessons privately, for small groups, in person or via Skype. We can even come to your workplace, school or tertiary institution.
Cunningham Elementary School students have learned how to relax and focus through yoga and meditation. The results include better self regulation skills, and improved compassion for themselves and others. The benefits have included:
[S]kills include recognizing and managing our emotions, developing caring and concern for others, establishing positive relationships, making responsible decisions, and handling challenging situations constructively and ethically.
We have created two closed Yoga Wabi Sabi groups on Facebook. One is for people who have been affected by childhood or adult cancer, including family members and friends. We will be using friendship and gentle, restorative yoga to try to help.
The other group is for people who are struggling with insomnia and sleep issues. We will be using tools from yoga to try to help and so members can move towards natural sleep and away from sleep that relies on medication.
Please tag anyone who might be interested. We will work out if the groups will be internet based or small, supportive meetings, once we know how many people would like to be involved.
If you're stuck in traffic on the way home, why not try some simple shoulder, wrist, and ankle rotations to relax and restore your sense of ease (if you are the driver, make sure you have put the brake on first - and we are assuming that you are in stopped traffic).
Might as well use the time for something that will benefit you.
A program to teach simple yoga techniques has been running in the New Jersey school system since 2009.
The students report greater peace, and feeling less overwhelmed with life's problems. Yoga teaches how to pause before reacting to bad things that happen. In the New Jersey school system at last one fight was averted because the students put their training into practice. At the end of a recent session, a student said:
"I see the good in you. You see the good in me. We see the good in each other." And then the class said "Namaste" as they pressed their palms together.
We are available to work with your school if you would like to explore the benefits of yoga and how it can improve everyone's experience at school: staff, students and management.
I was stoked to read that Moby has made available, for free, a series of recordings to promote calmness, meditation, and yoga. Personally I prefer yoga without music, but everyone is different, so this is a great gift.
Dr Ali Binazir reminds us that the odds of a particular person being born are about 1 in 40,000,000. You being here, right now, is an astonishing miracle and a reminder to make the most of every moment.
Dr Mandelbaum highlights the need for middle aged and older adults to plan for a long and healthy life by maintaining age appropriate healthy exercise and eating habits. In addition, he highlights the benefits of yoga for older adults. If you are an older adult and have never done yoga before it is not too late to start. Engaging in physical and meditative yoga practices can help to ensure that you maintain optimal mental and physical health for the rest of your life:
“The cultivation of mental health also becomes increasingly important with age. Research has increasingly validated the value of practices such as yoga and tai chi, which combine meditation with movement. They can be as powerful as medication in reducing joint pain and cardiovascular risk, and in improving mood, but with fewer adverse effects.”
These beautiful spring blossoms at the Auckland Botanic Garden were just in time for the Spring Equinox.
Spring is a time of transition. A time of fertile hope for the future. But first you must plant your seeds and then care for them.
What seeds do you want to grow in your life? Is it better work/life balance? More restful sleep? Resilience to cope with life's ups and downs? A sense of community? Or better fitness? Yoga is a tool that will help you grow these seeds.
What seeds are you planting in your life this spring?
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