Online Zoom Sessions

6 Week Course  

The practices can be done seated, standing or whatever position works for you  

Gentle Yoga for Chronic Fatigue, Long Covid, Fibromyalgia

Fridays 11 am - 12 on 11, 18 June, 9, 16, 23, 30 July 2021

The sessions will be guided for chair/floor/bed based practice with occasional standing options.
The course includes audios for home practices,

This is a 6 week course to explore ‘Functional Breathing’ as a foundation for health.  Over-breathing, which is very common in our modern culture,  keeps our nervous system in survival mode and is a key component in many chronic illnesses.

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).

Relevant information will be given about why we are doing particular practices.

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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