Yoga and Meditation for Self-Care
with Kundalini House
Whether you are a new student or have been with us for a long time, you may have noticed that we focus our practice on self-care, supporting mental, physical and emotional well-being. We recently conducted a survey with you, our wonderful community, to find out what you need and desire in your Yoga practice and daily life. What stood out was: Self-care! And we knew we were on the right track. We are very grateful to have an incredible group of teachers to lead our many classes and invite you to explore our courses that are designed to support you in practising and integrating self-care into your life.
We asked Kundalini House founders Billie and Pip to explain what they love about the focused courses and classes and why they send many of their clients to attend them. And of course, we wanted to hear from the amazing teachers, Nancy, Melissa and Rhonda, who make these classes so special.
If you have questions on how to book in or desire more detailed information, contact our lovely reception team on (03) 9482 4325.
Kundalini Meditation for Stress & Anxiety
with Nancy Hanley
About the course:
This hour will include the practice of Kundalini Meditation to assist in balancing nervous energy and releasing held stress in the body. These meditation techniques regulate the system and create a sense of calm and stability within, with a focus on cultivating individual awareness and learning to manage health and wellbeing in day-to-day situations.
Why Nancy loves teaching the class:
I love to support students to relax and experience themselves without stress and the pressures of a busy mind. Finding that sense of spaciousness in class and learning to manage our triggers can have a big impact on daily life and interactions with others. The benefits are enormous and I want everyone to have the opportunity to learn how to help themselves feel more connected and more free.
Billie’s and Pip’s take on it:
We hear more and more that people feel overwhelmed and too busy. Keeping up with the fast pace of life and navigating the pressures of work, studies and family life sure is challenging. What tends to happen is that we move from one job to the next or one engagement to the next without any space between (don’t get us started on ‘screens’ involvement here!). And this is partly why we feel like things are moving so fast. There’s less time to be still, to contemplate, to reflect, to feel, to daydream and most importantly for our mind and body to regulate and find calm.
Unfortunately when we are in a state of overwhelm and stress we don’t feel like we have the time for self-care. But actually this is exactly what we need. We need to break the cycle of stress and find time to nourish the nervous system’s relaxation response. In those very high states of stress we need to take action to ease the chaos we’re experiencing within. Initially, this could be getting some well needed care by a health professional (one idea we do ourselves) – that’s why they’re there – to give you the support you need. But it’s also a good idea to plan some good self care practices that are part of your weekly routine and help regulate and release the burden of stress bit by bit.
This is why we ensured Nancy’s Yoga and Meditation Course for Stress and Anxiety is on our timetable. Did you know that on average one in four people experience anxiety in their lifetime and in one year, two million people will experience anxiety in Australia? We’ve experienced it too at times and it is not comfortable! We believe and know for ourselves, that a regular practice of meditation that targets the body and minds reaction to stress and anxiety can have a significant impact on our ability to cope with it. A meditation practice is also the perfect opportunity to spend time on our internal world, being present with the body’s language of sensation and building on our capacity to calm our busy minds. Committing to a regular practice is a positive and kind way to look after yourself. And we need it. We deserve it. It can help us respond to life’s challenges and pressures rather than reacting to them.
If you feel like you are struggling with anxiety and want to learn more about it, visit Beyond Blue for more information.
We also have regular courses focusing on nervous system repair; the recovery of trauma and PTSD and addictions.
Yoga for Core & Stability
Billie’s and Pip’s take on the importance of core & stability:
Yoga is an excellent practice to build your core and create stability in the hips and spine. It’s important to bring specific awareness to those vital core muscles. They are the foundation of all movement and action in our lives, from picking up clothes on the floor, walking, running, lifting, breathing, singing, even sitting, we need our core muscles. When we have weakness in our core muscles this can have a significant impact on our health and quality of life. Weakness in the core can manifest as, but not limited to, back pain, breathing problems, hip instability, incontinence, fatigue, low power, increased injuries, poor balance and bad posture.
In the eastern sciences we see the importance of the core muscles because they are located in the area of the manipura chakra. We want to build strength and balance in this chakra because it helps balance our metabolism and digestive functions and supports the kidneys and adrenals. It’s an area to work on to strengthen our commitment to self; our self-worth; our boundaries and capacity to assimilate emotion and stress and to transform emotions of fear, anger, confusion and doubt.
It doesn’t take long to build up strength in the core and unfortunately, it doesn’t take long to lose strength too. So this class is all about ‘use it or lose it’ and will also help to bring awareness to correctly engaging your core muscles so that you have the strength you need to enjoy life, be it running, jumping or high performance sports to simply feeling good in your body.