FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I HAVE A SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD, CAN YOGA HELP?

Yoga and mindfulness are a good complement to occupational therapy and speech therapy that your child might currently engage in. Yoga for special needs children integrates yoga activities, yoga stories and songs to teach each child the skills of expressing emotion in a healthier way while incorporating yoga postures to build muscles strength, coordination and movements.

I HAVE NO EXPERIENCE WITH YOGA AND I AM NOT FLEXIBLE, CAN I PRACTISE YOGA?

If you have any health concerns, please get your doctor’s approval before joining any yoga class. Yoga involves mind work. Moving the body comes after. Learning how to breathe properly benefits one’s mind and body. Once you learn how to breathe in a new way, the poses or asana practice becomes more enjoyable and easy. It is never about flexibility, but more about how much you are willing to understand your body. Pay attention to your body and it will reward you in a big way. Gift yourself a yoga practice, which I believe is one of the best skills to master.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I PRACTICE TO BENEFIT FROM YOGA?

Practise as often as you like. However, knowing why you want to practise is more important than how often you need to practise. Understand that practising yoga relaxes you, energizes you, empowers your entire being, or simply stretches and strengthens muscles and joints. Pay attention to your breath and flow through the different postures with ease, patience, and safe alignment. It is your practice, respect your body’s limitations and challenges. Smile and be present with the experience within you

WHAT DO I NEED TO PREPARE BEFOREHAND?

Come with an open mind to learn and unlearn some old habits of breathing. Be ready to do less and be patient with the longer holding time in yin yoga practice. Quietening the mind and giving yourself time to rest, rejuvenate and recharge.

HOW IS YOGA DIFFERENT FROM OTHER FORMS OF FITNESS?

Depending on what the intention for the practice is, yoga can be calming and relaxing or energizing and empowering. Yoga focuses on the use of mindful breathing and we move the body with the guide of such breath. For example, before the start of practice, we practise mindful breathing and anchoring of the mind. Breathing in, you notice the lengthening of the spine. Breathing out, you ground your energy to prepare for what is next.

HOW IS YOUR STYLE OF DELIVERING THE CLASS DIFFERENT FROM OTHER YOGA TEACHERS AND THERAPISTS?

I teach from my experience with the practice and those with whom I have guided. I have an interest in acupressure point release and I share that too with students and clients who may benefit from it. Understanding the use of breath helps to enhance the practice and bring more calmness into the mind and body.

CAN I ACCESS YOGA WITH MY CHILD'S NDIS PACKAGE?

Many people do have scope in their NDIS packages to take yoga classes if it aligns with the goals you’ve identified in your plan. If you have a support coordinator or plan manager, get in touch with them to arrange this. At this stage, Healing Breath Yoga is not a registered NDIS provider. To learn more about unregistered providers, see here: https://www.ndiscommission.gov.au/providers/unregistered-providers