Yoga for Emotional Wellness

Group classes at a location near you.

Yoga for Emotional Wellness

Group classes near you, no experience necessary

Yoga for Emotional Wellness

Need more information? Call me on 0435 938 530.

Group yoga classes for emotional wellness

 

What? Group yoga classes for anxiety and depression.

When? Eight week terms (scroll down for dates depending on location, or attend online).

Where? North Fitzroy and Collingwood (scroll down for locations and map).
Or you can attend my online class from the comfort of your home or office.

How much? $197 for eight weeks (scroll down to the bottom to register and pay)

Does it work? Yes, I guarantee that this will help, if it doesn’t I give you back your money (scroll down to see my weird money-back-guarantee below).

I want you to feel confident to give this a go so use my weird money-back guarantee to find out how yoga for emotional wellness can help you,  try four classes and then decide if it is a good fit for you. My guarantee is pretty weird, I know, I’ve got more details below. So if you are struggling with anxiety and depression and have tried a bunch of other things like I had, then yoga for emotional wellness could be perfect for you.

Keep reading to find out more, or call me on 0435 938 530 or email alysha@sadyoga.com I look forward to hearing from you or seeing you at classes.

I used to struggle with depression and anxiety, and I tried a bunch of things: psychologists, pills, friends, coffee. It wasn’t until I realised that the mind and the body are not separate things but one thing, that I found a way forward.

I found that by changing the way that I used my body I could change the way I felt, and stop falling into negative spirals that I couldn’t escape from.

When I look back at photos of myself I was that crushed-in C shape that you might even be sitting in now. I always felt like crap. When I was around my friends I put on a front that everything was okay, and then afterwards I felt worse because then I felt like I was a faker as well as depressed.

I read a book about the body and how it could effect your emotional life, it was written by an Alexander Technique teacher. It instantly clicked with me. “Yeah, I’m not two parts, I’m one whole. If I can learn how to move differently I can learn how to feel better”

I started Alexander lessons, three years later I qualified as a teacher.  In that time I got into yoga, recognising that it was a way to practice ‘being’ without having the pressure of ‘doing’. Another two years and I qualified at the 1,400 hour level as a yoga teacher.

I combine yoga and Alexander Technique so that you can experience what literally took me years to find.

The science of how yoga works

Reduces the fight/flight response

Yoga has been shown to reduce the hyper-alertness that causes people to fall into fight/flight.

Yoga improves sleep

In one study, people that were suffering with insomnia from having chemotherapy found that doing yoga improved the quality of their sleep.

Busy minds don’t have time to worry

Because you will be busy focusing on your whole self during class, and making sure that you are mindful of your breathing, and taking care of the way you do your movements, you won’t have time to worry.

Yoga activates neurotransmitters associated with a reduction in depression

Some amino acids in the body, such as gamma-aminobutyric, have been shown to increase after even a single yoga session, resulting in a calmer sense of peace with the world.

Open, confident stances produce increased leadership behaviour

A Harvard study found that people who practiced certain open, confident poses, felt more able and confident in their daily life. During class I will guide you into these open confident poses and you can continue to practice them at home if you wish.

Yoga releases positive hormones

Although the movement aspect of yoga releases the same positive hormones that are associated with ‘runners high’, specific yoga stretches and some bends also have been shown to send a rush of positive hormones over the sections of the brain associated with depression.

Breathing increases oxygen uptake in the brain

In class we will talk about noticing your breathing. The result is that your total blood oxygen saturation increases and your brain is able to think more clearly and you’ll feel more alert and alive.

Movement begets movement

Exercise can feel impossible if you’re feeling depressed. The simple movements that are used in class don’t seem like exercise (especially not the sort that you would find at a gym ‘power yoga’ class). You can begin to integrate these few movements into your day and work out of that heavy unmoving feeling.

How group classes work

In group classes we meet in a large room with a number of yoga mats on the floor. We start classes in a position called ‘constructive rest’. When you arrive at class, no matter what your day has included, this will be your time. You choose a mat and then lay on your back with your knees in the air. It looks like this: IMG_3570 I will ask permission to use my hands to reposition you. If you feel uncomfortable being touched then this might be a tricky class for you, call before enrolling and we’ll have a chat about that 0435 938 530. I will guide you into a physical state that I call ‘non-doing’ and over time I’ll teach you how to start to find that in your everyday; when you move, think and play. Then I guide you through simple yoga poses that have been shown to be effective in reducing the effects of depression and anxiety. This class is slow and contemplative, this isn’t the westernised exercise yoga that you find at your gym. This is yoga as it was intended to be, helping you to reconnect your body and mind and find a path to feeling really good.

Questions?

If you have questions you can call me on 0435 938 530 or email alysha@sadyoga.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this class okay for beginners? I have never done yoga before.

Yes, the class is perfect for people with no yoga experience. It is a slow pace class that is focused on your emotional wellness, I won’t be asking you to twist yourself into a pretzel or try to stand on your head! If ever you find something a bit tricky, you can tell me and I’ll help you through, but most people find it is a good match for their skill level.

I'm not very fit, and I'm not very flexible, will this class still be okay for me?

Yes, over the years I have worked out how to design a yoga class that is a good fit for people who are not very fit and not very flexible. If you are worried about your health or safety (like if you have a bad back or brittle bones or similar) you should chat with your doctor before coming to class. Also, have a chat to me before class so I can make sure that you are looking after yourself.

I will have to miss a class during term, is that okay?

It is fine if you need to miss a class, you can arrange with me to attend a class on a different night without any hassle.

If you’re away for the whole week, then the week before or after you can take your regular class plus a make up class.  Or if your regular class is Monday for example and you can’t make it one Monday, you can swap to another night that week instead.

I need to miss the first class of term, is that okay?

It is not unusual for people to miss the first class of term, you can make it up by attending in a different location or you can just come along next week. With the way I teach classes you won’t feel left behind, you’ll be fine. Give me a call if you are still worried.

What should I wear?

You can wear whatever you feel comfortable to move in. You don’t need fancy yoga clothes.

I see you have an online class, how does that work?

People that attend the online class will get sent details to access a video of their class for each week. You will cover the same material as the in-person classes but you can attend from the privacy of your own home. Some people may find that they want to attend a term of classes online to build up their confidence before they attend a class in person, that is fine.

Can I try a class first or only do one class?

I don’t have trial, drop in or casual classes as the term is run like a progressive course.  The more you attend, the more you’ll learn, do and get out of it.  What I do offer is my weird money back guarantee: If you attend classes and at the end of four weeks feel that you haven’t noticed an improvement in your emotional life, I’ll refund your money.

How many people are in the class?

I too find the big yoga studios overwhelming and packed so I do things very differently and keep the numbers to an average of 10 people.  Not too many that you feel crowded, and not too few that you stand out. I lay the mats and blankets out before the class so all you need to do is walk in and lie down.

Is it one class per week?

The term is designed so that you attend 1 class per week.

Is there a minimum age? Can I bring my daughter or son? Am I too young?

There is no minimum or maximum age to participate in this class. I have people of all ages doing their practice.

Yes do come together with your daughter or son. In most of my classes I have that combination and it works really well.

Weird money-back guarantee

Normally people come to my classes by word-of-mouth, but because I don’t really know you well I want you to be sure that this class is a good fit for you. If you attend classes and at the end of four weeks feel that you haven’t noticed an improvement in your emotional life, I’ll refund your money (it’s easy, I just click the “refund” button on the booking site).

Why refund people’s money?

My friends think I’m silly doing this, that people will just take the four weeks and then get their money back. Seriously, people aren’t like that. People are generally good, and if someone feels they didn’t get good stuff out of the four weeks I WANT to give them their money back. I don’t deserve to keep someone’s money if I didn’t help them.

So, take my little dare, try it for four weeks. If it doesn’t work for you, let me refund your money.

Timetable & Locations

I teach in three different studios around Melbourne, or ANYWHERE in my online class. I look forward to sharing this with you.

Day Time Holiday Dates Location Term dates
Online Class Any time No holiday Classes are delivered as video so that you can practice from the comfort of your home or office Monday 29 May to 20 July 2017
Monday 6:15 – 7:30pm No holiday School for F.M. Alexander Studies.
330 St Georges Rd, North Fitzroy
Monday 29 May to 17 July 2017
Monday 7:45 – 9:00pm No holiday School for F.M. Alexander Studies.
330 St Georges Rd, North Fitzroy
Monday 29 May to 17 July 2017
Tuesday 6:15 – 7:30pm No holiday 75 Reid.
75 Reid Street, North Fitzroy
Tuesday 30 May to 18 July 2017
Tuesday 7:45 – 9:00pm No holiday 75 Reid.
75 Reid Street, North Fitzroy
Tuesday 30 May to 18 July 2017
Wednesday 6:15 – 7:30pm No holiday Grace Revolution.
1st Floor/ 462 Smith St, Collingwood
Wednesday 31 May to 19 July 2017
Thursday 6:15 – 7:30pm No holiday 75 Reid.
75 Reid Street, North Fitzroy
Thursday 1 June to 20 July 2017
Thursday 7:45 – 9:00pm No holiday 75 Reid.
75 Reid Street, North Fitzroy
Thursday 1 June to 20 July 2017

School for F.M. Alexander Studies

75 Reid

Grace Revolution

Price & Enrolment

Pay for the eight weeks with fortnightly automatic installments

Good for those on a tight budget
$49/eight weeks paid fortnightly
  • Attend a class each week for eight weeks wherever you like
  • Missed class can be made up at any venue
  • Reduce Anxiety
  • Reduce Depression
  • Have a barrel of fun!
  • 30c transaction fee
  • Costs a little more, but is easier for budgeting
  • You are covered by my weird money-back guarantee
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Save on the fortnightly transaction fees
$197/for eight weeks
  • Attend a class each week for eight weeks wherever you like
  • Missed class can be made up at any venue
  • Reduce Anxiety
  • Reduce Depression
  • Have a barrel of fun!
  • Save 30c transaction fee
  • Peace of mind that your payment is completed
  • You are covered by my weird money-back guarantee
Click here to pay and register today

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Contact me

If you have any questions, or just want to say hello, contact me on:
Phone: 0435 938 530
Email: alysha@sadyoga.com

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