If attending group classes at big studios feels daunting or unsupportive for any reason, private sessions can be the perfect pathway to build up your confidence to one day attend group classes. Perhaps you’ve tried a group session and although it resonated with you, group classes are just not the most supportive option for you right now and you’re after a more nurturing, safe environment.
Perhaps you already attend group classes which you enjoy however are missing individual guidance in these classes and want to specifically address the anxiety or high stress you feel. If you experience any kind of anxiety, whether mild and occasional or high intensity and chronic, the practice of yoga can be a powerful tool to assist you in better managing the anxiety you experience and find moments of true lasting reliefe
In these specific Yoga for Anxiety private sessions I will guide you through different yogic practices that can support and reduce the impact of anxiety.
These practices include physical yoga movements and poses, breathing techniques, meditation and mindfulness practice, philosophy, or any other relevant yogic practice. Information and education about anxiety and the nervous system from a Western psychology approach can also be provided.
These sessions normally start with a brief discussion on what are would like to practice or gain from the session, a grounding mindfulness practice to check-in with how you are feeling that day then a 45 to 60 minute movement practice that I will guide you through. The session can finish with relaxation, meditation or breathing techniques, or a discussion around how to practice yoga safely in the community or in your own home.
Research has shown yoga can help:
-Reduce stress, anxiety, & depression
-Assist with pain management
-Improve emotional stability
-Improve breathing capacity
-Enhance brain executive functioning
Read more about the research here.
These sessions will help you experience the true power of yoga and feel empowered, calm, and confident.
You will learn practical ways to reduce and overcome anxiety, stress, and tension.
You will learn yogic practices that will be invaluable tools in assisting you with your mental and physical health in a holistic way.
These sessions are guided by you and so each session might be different as you will guide the process of what you feel will be most helpful for you on the day. Safety and choice are two crucial elements that I will do everything possible to ensure occur for you.
Not all yoga is helpful for anxiety; at times yoga can aggravate anxiety and increase stress in the body. There are very specific ways of practicing yoga and certain yogic practices that target the symptoms of anxiety and the elevated parts of the nervous system that can truly be supportive and integrative.
I have undertaken extensive training and undergoes ongoing mentoring to ensure I am offering you the most suitable practices for anxiety. In saying this, anxiety is different for each person and part of the process is working together to test and try what works for you.
You may only want one or two sessions to create a foundation for your practice, or you may come fortnightly or monthly to compliment your yoga practice in other settings. We can design and create a home practice for you if you would like, to further support your practice in-between the Yoga for Anxiety sessions.
Location: My Wellness Chiropractic 1036 Heidelberg Road Ivanhoe, VIC 3079
Online sessions via Zoom.
Available: Mondays or Saturdays, various times available for in-person. Online weekday evenings also available.
Prices: 75-minute Yoga for Anxiety/Mental Health session ONLINE $70. *Current lockdown special extended until end of November.
-These sessions do not include talk therapy or psychological counselling. Yoga for anxiety can be a powerful addition to your wellness toolkit and compliment other supports you might already have, however it should not replace other supports like therapy with a trained mental health or healthcare professional. Whilst I am a qualified Counsellor with nearly a decade of experience working in the mental health sector, these sessions are not psychological counselling or therapy sessions.
-If you are managing a serious health condition or injury or have recently had surgery of any kind you will need clearance from your health care professional that it is safe for you to participate in yoga.
-Whilst research does show that yoga can provide benefits in the reduction of symptoms of anxiety and stress, it is not a cure-all and results are not guaranteed.
-At present I can’t provide private yoga sessions to anyone who is pregnant or recently gave birth as this is outside my scope of professional practice.
-If you are managing a significant mental health diagnosis, experiencing a crisis, or for any reason I feel that a yoga private session is not safe or suitable for you, I may provide you with a referral to more appropriate yoga teacher, service, or mental health professional.
–If you need to reschedule your session, minimum 24 hours notice is required. Please contact me by phone or email as soon as possible.
-Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice or no shows will incur a cancellation fee of $30.
-Sessions are valid for 3 months.
-Refunds are not available for yoga private sessions, except in exceptional circumstances.
-For in-person sessions all props are provided, of course if you have your own mat and props please bring them along. You will be updated after booking of what to bring.
-For online sessions they are held via Zoom, you will be emailed the meeting link one hour prior to the session.
Stephanie is a certified Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher as well as qualified Counsellor, having worked in mental health for many years. As a Counsellor she has trained in various Mindfulness-based therapies and has a wide range of mindfulness and meditation tools under her belt ready to share when appropriate.
As a Yoga Teacher Stephanie has completed extensive training in how to teach yoga in a trauma-sensitive way and how to teach yoga for mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. She also has her own lived experience of managing anxiety through yoga and mindfulness, and continues to depend on yoga for optimising her mental health.
Stephanie completed her foundational 200-hour teacher training in India in 2018 and has completed over 110 hours of yin yoga studies with Jo Phee. She has also undertaken additional anatomy training with Simon-Borg Olivier, completed the course ‘Teaching Yoga for Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, & Body Image’ with Sarah Ball, and philosophy studies with Michelle Cassidy. In addition to yoga training, Stephanie has completed extensive mindfulness training with Mindful Waves Melbourne and the MiCBT Institute. Read more here.
I pay my deepest respects to my teachers & my teachers teachers for sharing with me the traditional teachings of Classical Hatha Yoga. I acknowledge & honour the home of these sacred and spiritual teachings, the lands of ancient India.
*PHOTOS: all photos on this page were taken during an organised photoshoot or with permission from those in the photos. I NEVER take photos during private sessions or group classes without consent prior. Maintaining the sanctity of yoga and privacy all of the students I work with is of upmost priority to me.
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I live and work on the Woiworung land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. I acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities as the Traditional Custodians of this land that we now call Australia. I pay my respects to the Elders past, present, and emerging. I recognise that their sovereignty was never ceded.