Yoga is an ancient practice that involves physical poses, concentration, and deep breathing.
There are many different types/forms of yoga that people can do but we just want to get everyone moving. Yoga compliments physiotherapy and your recovery by building strength and flexibilty.
Regular practice of Yoga promotes strength, endurance, calmness, flexibility and well-being. At Auckland Physiotherapy you can join small group classes or you can have one on one sessions or duets with our Physiotherapist and Instructor Mira. The goal of both classes and one on ones is to instruct you on how to unlock these benefits.
Clients will be introduced to the principles of yoga and guided through a practical exploration of movement, breath work and mindfulness. You will learn proven strategies for modifying each posture to best suit your unique body. Emphasis is placed on assisting individuals to develop a sustainable practice, despite their range of motion or physical limitations. You will be guided in a safety conscious and relaxed environment.
Mira employs a functional approach when instructing students. This methodology acknowledges that every person’s body is unique and that giving generalized instructions and adjustments does not work for every ‘body’. In fact, treating everyone the same will likely lead to unnecessary discomfort, pain and even injury. In a functional approach, there is no such thing as a ‘perfect' pose. The experienced yoga teacher will adapt each posture to the needs of the individual. These simple modifications will differ from person to person. Taught in this way Yoga can be enjoyed by people of any age, body shape and ability.
You can book a 1-1 yoga session with Mira online or by calling reception. If you have pain, we suggest you book a Physio session with Mira first. She can also do Yoga duet sessions.
Early on into my physiotherapy career, I found that to fully rehabilitate a patient, lifestyle factors have to be taken into consideration. We live in a hard and fast paced world, with many external and internal stressors which contribute to our overall well-being and road to recovery after injury.
I recognised the importance of a holistic approach to treatment. The need to bridge the gap between treating for return to activity, versus treating and conditioning to excel at all activities of life.
While transitioning through a stressful time in my own life, I turned to yoga. A form of movement therapy where I could see to both my physical, mental and emotional health all in one. Throughout my yoga teaching course, I developed a new respect for pushing myself physically, while honing in on my mental resilience and health.
I had not previously focused much on breath work and mental resilience during exercise. I had always turned to exercise for the physical benefits. However, the more I learned and moved my body in a positive way, while also focusing on the power breath and mental focus. I became all the stronger, in both mind and body.
That’s what I wish for my patients, to move well, become stronger and reap the benefits of breathwork and mental resilience to improve their quality of life through all domains. Physical, mental and emotional to become the healthiest version of yourself yet. Yoga, is a great way to bridge that gap.