Yoga Therapy and Tai Chi group classes are available now

Yoga Therapy and Tai Chi group classes are available now.

Click here to book online.

Yoga Therapy

Yoga is a wholistic system of health and wellbeing. Yoga practices include a combination of breath-centred movements and postures, breathing exercises, deep relaxation, meditation and more.

Next Practice care of Western Sydney Integrative Health takes an individualised and personal approach to yoga, offering different types of classes for different people, according to the needs, capacity and goals of each person in the class. Our classes are small and personalised. This allows our yoga teacher Margie Hellman to develop an understanding of each person’s unique needs. The classes are then tailored to the needs of the students present. Margie encourages and teaches people a common-sense and practical approach to yoga.

Yoga works best when each person develops their own knowledge and experience of how different approaches and techniques of yoga can help him or her the most, at that time. In our classes, we aim to educate, rather than just instruct. This is not a “style” of yoga, nor an “eclectic” approach. It is based on ancient wisdom and classical teachings, and informed by a modern evidence-based approach. As well as group classes, we also offer one-on-one personalised yoga sessions.

You do not have to be athletic or flexible to practise yoga, as your teacher will modify the practice for you as an individual and according to your ability. Yoga can even be practised while lying down or sitting in a chair.

Yoga Can Improve Mood & Reduce Anxiety

For hundreds of years people from all walks of life have found that yoga improves their mood, reduces anxiety and helps them to feel more balance in their body and mind. Science is discovering now what Yogi’s have always known, is that by developing body awareness (interoception), working with breathing patterns and learning to quiet the mind that our mental health naturally improves.

As a yoga therapist supporting people with trauma or mental health issues, Margie sees and hears from people she teaches everyday how much Yoga has helped them feel less stressed, more peaceful and more ready to engage fully in life.

Yoga supports our natural ability to find a sense of calm and peace by regulating our stress response. Our ability to use our awareness to regulate our breath, posture, tension and thoughts are enhanced through a well-designed yoga practice.

Studies show that yoga increases natural mood enhancing chemicals in the nervous system, regulates our heart rate and reduces inflammation and enhances immune function leading to feelings of well-being and balanced energy levels

It is a natural part of life to feel low or anxious at times but modern day life has increased our vulnerability to persistent depression and anxiety. Yoga offers us a natural remedy that is empowering and transforming with only positive side effects.

Yoga for Chronic Back Pain & Other Musculoskeletal Problems

Research is now showing that Yoga is an effective approach for those with chronic back pain and other musculoskeletal problems.

There are several reasons why it is so effective for movement / postural based disorders:

  • Yoga is about the whole body moving and often an injury is about a pattern not just the particular joint where the pain is felt. Both Yoga and Feldenkrais are whole body approaches.
  • The whole body movements address underlying fascial and muscular imbalances and return us to moving freely.
  • Awareness of the body tightness or where we hold tension is also improved which is a potent part of the process of recovery.
  • Yoga addresses the underlying mental and emotional issues that are often related to our pain – remember the muscles and the brain are intimately connected.
  • And last but not least Yoga feels good, so we want to keep doing it!

Yoga for Cancer

As a fully qualified Yoga Therapist, Margie Hellman has been teaching Yoga classes and working individually with patients at Next Practice WSIH for the past 2 years. She teaches Yoga in a purpose built Supportive Cancer Care centre that offers not only Yoga but other specialists in Oncology, Acupuncture, Remedial Massage, Mindfulness and Tai Chi.

“Cancer steals your breath, Yoga gives it back” – Tari Prinster, Yoga 4 Cancer.

A steadily growing body of research shows Yoga during and after cancer treatment improves:

  • Mood
  • Energy levels
  • Fitness levels
  • Sleep quality
  • Reduced inflammation and improved immune function
  • Feelings of control and well being
  • Management of Lymphedema

A recent systematic review of the literature on the evidence based use of Integrative Therapies during and after breast cancer treatment by The Society for Integrative Oncology endorses Yoga as evidence based for stress management, anxiety, depression, and quality of life.

Margery teaches a weekly gentle Yoga classes at Next Practice WSIH for people in all stages of cancer treatment & recovery.

She currently teaches group classes and private classes at WSIH which are well attended by both people having treatment and those that have finished their treatment. The classes are a combination of gentle breath centred movement, breathing practices, relaxation (Yoga Nidra and Irest ) and meditation. Some of her students have been attending for several years and continue to attend after they finish treatment. Some have formed lasting friendships through attending Yoga at WSIH and benefit from the support of others who have gone through the cancer experience.

The Yoga classes are gentle and tailored to the individual. Margery often recommends modifications for students to ensure their safety and ability to fully engage with the Yoga Practice. She also offers one to one Yoga Therapy for people who require a more individualised approach. Attending Yoga at Next Practice WSIH means you have access to the support of a team including our Supportive Cancer Care services; and that she is able to work closely with your Oncologist and other treatment providers.

Yoga during Chemotherapy

Recent research is demonstrating the benefits of exercise during Chemotherapy on the immune system and cancer fighting cells. Yoga is a gentle form of exercise that promotes maintenance of fitness and triggers the Relaxation Response which is well documented to support immune function and reduce the impact of stress on the body. My students have found coming to yoga during their treatment to be very helpful for both physical and mental well-being. Outcome measures taken before and after my yoga classes show consistent improvements in measures such as mood, energy, pain reduction and overall well- being after the yoga class.

Yoga and Survivorship

Many of my yoga students are Cancer survivors. Yoga offers survivors a chance to improve their fitness and create the inner environment for a relaxed body and mind as they move back into work and family routines. Life after cancer treatment poses many challenges including; side effects from treatment, concerns about the future and the need to evaluate life circumstances in light of these changes.

A regular yoga practice offers time and space to connect with yourself in a peaceful, joyful and kind way. The benefits of a regular yoga practice flow into your life off the mat helping you to relax more, appreciate the simple pleasures and navigate the inevitable ups and downs of life.

Margery offers group classes, private one-to-one Therapeutic Yoga, yoga for beginners, Feldenkrais and Mindful Movement lessons to aid individuals restore awareness, freedom of movement, health and wellbeing.

Mindfulness and Tai Chi

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation is a method of paying attention to one’s experiences of the present moment with acceptance, and without judgement. Mindfulness meditation can involve paying attention to body sensations, experiences of the senses, breathing, mental imagery, emotions, thoughts, and muscle and body relaxation. Mindfulness meditation is a western, secular, research-based form of meditation derived from ancient Eastern teachings and practices, including yoga. It is a form of meditation designed to develop the skill of paying attention to our inner and outer experiences with acceptance, patience, and compassion. You do not need to “empty your mind” to meditate. Instead, mindfulness is a practice of noticing your thoughts as they arise from moment to moment, and letting go of any judgement of whether the thoughts are “good” or “bad”.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi originated in China towards the end of Ming Dynasty (17th Century). Each style has its own variations in movements and characteristics, but the core theories and principles are similar, such as balance, breathing, coordination, relaxation and concentration.

An increasing body of scientific evidence suggests that Tai Chi may have potential benefits to physical health and psychological wellbeing, such as improvements in balance, musculoskeletal strength and flexibility, cardiovascular-respiratory function, appetite and digestive function, cognitive function, and immune function. Tai Chi can also reduce stress, anxiety and depression, improve sleep quality and duration, and enhance quality of life.

Yoga Therapy and Tai Chi group classes are available now.

Click here to book online.