Tuesday, 28 April 2015

SECASA Yoga group


SECASA thought about holding a Yoga Group based on the idea that traditional therapies, like talk therapy, can at times downplay the moment to moment shifts in our inner sensory world.   In yoga you focus your attention on your breathing and on your sensations moment to moment.  You begin to notice the connection between your emotions and your body, for example, how anxiety about doing a yoga pose actually throws you off balance or how it tenses causes tension in your shoulders.   Through Yoga you can begin to experiment with changing the way you feel.  For example, will taking a deep breath relieve the tension in your shoulder?  Will focusing on your exhalations produce a sense of calm?   Two important phrases in therapy, as in yoga, are ‘notice that” and “what happens next”.  Once you start approaching your body with curiosity rather than with fear, everything can shift. 

The SECASA Yoga Group started in April with 8 clients from Melbourne’s south east.   Clare Pritchard, a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher is leading the class.   She is passionate about bringing Yoga to survivors of trauma.  This type of trauma work is recognised widely as being immensely valuable in recovering and healing.    This interest has led Clare to work with clients of both Western and Northern CASAs    The Group is being supported by SECASA counsellor Wendy Miller and is run on Thursdays for 1 hour from a Community Hall.    The group will run for 8 weeks.

If you are interested in being a participant in a any of our groups, please contact SECASA 9928 8741.