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6 Week Course  

Yoga for Chronic Fatigue, Long Covid, Fibromyalgia - Part 3

Part 3 Theme : Befriending our Mind & Emotions

Using gentle movements, breathing, relaxation and short meditations or visualisation practices to create the conditions for healing.
The practices can be done seated, lying, in bed or standing if you feel more energy.
The art is finding the position works for you  

Fridays 11 am - 12.15

22 Oct, 5, 12, 19 Nov, 3, 10 Dec 2021

Part 3 : £60 / £40 concessions for low-income

Do get in touch if cost is a barrier
3 Stand Alone Courses - 3 Stand Alone Themes to support the body's capacity to heal

More about Part 3: Befriending our Mind & Emotions

We might recognise that part of our stress comes from within us.  The way we talk to ourselves or even become our inner bully.  Can we step onto our own side and support ourselves with kindness?  In order to shift our nervous system out of survival-flight/fight/freeze mode-and create the conditions to rebalance and heal our physiology.  When we shift into our 'healing state' the body knows what to do to balance our physiological processes.  It can get on with maintenance and repair.

It's like getting our of our own way.  With Yoga we can craft practices where the mind supports and body and the body support the mind to create change in the nervous system, brain, and the powerhouse of each cell that creates our energy.

Weaving visualisation and kindness practices into our movement and relaxation.

This is a trauma informed and compassionate approach is supported by science as well as rooted in authentic Yoga practice that nourishes all layers of our being.

 

Healing chronic fatigue is a many layered and complex process. 

So Sally runs 3 different online courses every year.  Each focuses on a particular perspective of healing from fatigue.

They don't have to be accessed in any particular order.  Unless you struggle to connect with your breath, the this case please begin with Part 1.

Part 1 : Nervous System Regulation - understanding the relationship with trauma and the dysregulation it creates in the nervous system.  This course is the best starting point if you are uncomfortable connecting with the breath as we will explore other ways of regulating our nervous system from the Yoga tool-kit.

Beginning Feb 2022 TBA

Part 2 : Functional Breathing - understanding how energy and created, the role of CO2 levels and how to increase energy at a cellular level through the way we breath.

Beginning Apr/May 2022 TBA

Part 3 : Mind & emotions - understanding their impact on the nervous system and cultivating the medicine of Kindness to enhance our healing capacity.

Beginning 22 Oct 2021

More about Part 1 : Nervous System Regulation 

Understanding nervous system dysregulation and the relationship to trauma and M.E/CFS.

Ideal for people who find it hard to connect with their breath as a tool for regulation and relaxation.

We will explore:

  • Finding safety in the mind & body
  • How to regulate the system without relying on the breath (as using the breath to regulate doesn't suit everyone).
  • A little science so we understand why we are doing what we are doing.
  • Learning ways to engage in gentle movement whilst lessening the chance of the post-exertion malaise.
  • De-stressing with gentle, undulating movements, sound and relaxation practices
This is a trauma informed and compassionate approach is supported by respiratory physiology as well as rooted in authentic Yoga practice that nourishes all layers of our being.

More about Part 2 : Functional Breathing

Over-breathing, which is very common in our modern culture,  keeps our nervous system in survival mode.  It's a key component in many chronic illnesses including M.E/CFS, Fibromyalgia & Long Covid.

Over-breathing distorts our balance of Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide in and this biochemical imbalance stresses every system in our body.   Breathing light, slow and low is a key to our emotional and physical well-being.

So we use mindful movement to strengthen underused breathing muscles whilst relaxing others, in a gradual process of supporting the mechanics of functional breathing.

We will explore:

  • Finding safety in the mind & body as a foundation for practice
  • Practices to restore the habit of functional breathing in daily life & build our energy reserves
  • De-stressing with gentle, undulating movements, sound and relaxation practices
  • A trauma-sensitive yoga approach that is underpinned by science
This is a trauma informed and compassionate approach is supported by respiratory physiology as well as rooted in authentic Yoga practice that nourishes all layers of our being.
The course is designed to support Chronic Fatigue, Long Covid and Fibromyalgia as there are similarities in how one works with them.  But anyone is welcome who wants to explore breathing for better mental and physical health with a lower energy trauma sensitive yoga approach.
It's not the best place for anyone who isn't able to connect with their breath without it heightening their symptoms (eg flashback or panic attack).

Sally suffered from chronic fatigue in her early 20s which sparked her healing journey and drew her to Yoga. This has included Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, learning about nervous system regulation, Feldenkrais and Somatic Experiencing. Over the past 3 years she has offered her Trauma-informed work in a variety of organisations in the North East of England. Tyneside Women’s Health, Sunderland Recovery Collage, NIWE, Cygnus Support & Mentoring, the Road to Recovery Trust.

Her career began as an Information Scientist and then a Community Education Worker/Women’s Support Worker, before finding her vocation as a Yoga and Meditation teacher in 2001. She has done full training courses in Hatha Yoga, Anahata Yoga (500 hr), Scaraveilli-Yoga and Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga.

She is currently training to be a Yoga Therapist specialising in Mental Health with the The Minded Institute and her work is rooted in science as well as the art and science of Yoga.

Her teaching reveals the threads of many influences from Yoga, including Heather Mason (Yoga Therapy for mental health/breathwork), Robin Rothenburg (Yoga Therapist & researcher in breathing for health),  David Emerson (Trauma-Sensitive Yoga), Yasmin Labat (Yoga for Chronic Pain-Myo-fascial approach), James Reeves (iRest Yoga Nidra for PTSD).

Sally runs regular Mindfulness and Compassion courses and weaves its insights and practices through her Yoga. She has completed 4 years of training with the Mindfulness Association as well as International Compassion teachers, Paul Gilbert, Kristin Neff and Chris Germer. She adheres to the Good Practice Guidelines and is on the UK listing of Mindfulness Teachers.

For more information about Sally's training and qualifications read more

"Sally is an experienced teacher of yoga, mindfulness and compassion with a wealth of both personal and professional experience of the practices that she leads. I would highly recommend her style of teaching which is embodied and delivered in a very authentic way. 

 

Sally makes genuine connections with her students which has enabled her to help many students with pain and fatigue. She uses a trauma-sensitive approach which is gentle and respectful. In short I would highly recommend her classes to anybody with challenging physical and / or emotional difficulties". 

Chris Penlington, Clinical Psychologist

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