MINDFULNESS COURSE

An 8 week evidence-based course which can help improve your sleep, pain, help manage stress, improve the quality of your relationships and much more. 

Emphasis is placed on developing a mind / body connection through gentle movement, conscious breath-work and meditation. Each week participants will be introduced to a new topic related to mindfulness and guided through a practical exploration of these ideas. Participants will learn proven techniques for cultivating awareness and relaxation and improving concentration.

Each 90 minute class will include theory, practice and reflection. Groups sizes are kept small and a course booklet is provided. The course also includes an optional 15min pre-course phone call with Heyes.

Fees $360

** Next Course starts on Wednesday 17th of October; 6.30-8pm **

Read more about mindfulness and our mindfulness courses here.

For some at home tips to trial you may find Apps such as Headspace and Moodmission helpful. 

To talk to Heyes and find out more please email; heyesjohnson@gmail.com

To book your course now click HERE or email admin@aucklandphysiotherapy.co.nz or call 093664480

YIN WORKSHOP

This 4-hour practical workshop is designed to introduce the calming yet profound practice of Yin yoga.

Participants will be introduced to the governing principles of Yin yoga and guided through a practical exploration of these ideas. They will learn proven strategies for modifying each posture to best suit their unique body. Emphasis is placed on assisting individuals to develop a sustainable practice, despite their range of motion or physical limitations. Students will be guided in a safety conscious and relaxed environment.

** Next workshop 15th of September **

YOU WILL LEARN:

  • The physical benefits of a Yin practice

  • Practical strategies to increase body awareness

  • How to modify Yin poses to best suit your unique body

  • How a Yin practice can bring balance to the physical, mental and emotional rigours of daily life

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TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE:

  • The theory and practice of Yin

  • The seven main groups of poses, that are the foundation of a Yin practice

  • Posture variations – choosing and adapting poses to best serve your unique body

  • Using props

  • Developing a mindful approach to the practice of Yin yoga

THE 4HR WORKSHOP CONSISTS OF: 

  • Introduction to workshop content and resources

  • Yin / Yang theory

  • Practical activities to explore range of motion

  • Extended Yin yoga practice session (2hrs)

  • Recap and reflection: Share practice experiences and revisit key ideas

Course costs: $150 incl. GST.

Resources: Participants are provided with a written practice companion.

The course is suitable for anyone 18 years or older who have limited, or no experience of yoga.

For further information please contact Heyes Johnson (Dip. Yoga)

Mob: 021 028 79143, email: heyesjohnson@gmail.com or to book contact Auckland Physiotherapy.

BENEFITS OF YIN YOGA: 

  • Improves range of motion and flexibility by stimulating myofascial tissueYin_-Portrait_01.jpg

  • Brings relief to tied and aching tissues by stimulating tissue hydration

  • Safely ‘exercises’ the joints to maintain and improve mobility as we age

  • Combats tissue degeneration

  • Makes ligaments thicker and stronger through collagen production

  • Reestablishes the normal lordotic curves in the spine

  • Reduces osteoporosis, which is a dangerous reduction in bone density

  • Supports the healing process during recovery from injury

  • Aids in sports recovery and sports-related injury prevention

  • Keeps skin younger looking through tissue hydration

  • Balances lethargy, computer haze and irritability

  • Counters the physical, emotional, and mental of stresses of contemporary life

  • Cultivates mindfulness

WHAT IS YIN YOGA?

Yin Yoga is a gentle and calming practice characterized by long-held static poses (2-5 min) that stimulate the connective tissues in the body. Although affecting the body as a whole, postures focus primarily on the lower limbs, hips and spine.

HOW DOES YIN DIFFER FROM OTHER FORMS OF YOGA?

Yin yoga is a complementary practice. Relaxing the body and holding poses for extended periods of time complements most other forms of exercise, which are typically movement or strength based. This includes most other types of Yoga – which by definition are ‘Yang’. Yin partners well with Physiotherapy exercises and Pilates, that focus mainly on muscle contraction. By comparison, Yin focuses on restoring the natural length to the muscles and connective tissues through a process of gradual stimulation, bringing the body into balance.

HOW IS YIN A 'MINDFUL' PRACTICE?

Contemporary life tends to be very Yang; busy, emotionally and/or mentally stimulating. The practice of Yin yoga cultivates a calm and attentive mind and is therefore effective in promoting mental and emotional balance.

CAN ANYONE PRACTICE YIN YOGA & DO I NEED TO BE FLEXIBLE?

The best teachers of Yin yoga employ a functional approach when instructing their 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.