This month has been all about change which can sometimes be scary and frustrating. I’ve re-branded and taken on new premises all at the same time so everything seems to have happened all at once. Often this generally seems to be the norm for most people.
I’m currently writing this blog in Bangkok Airport on my to Sri Lanka to meet my husband. This is the first time we’ve been away on our own in 5 years.
Yoga Medicine, what does it mean?
I’ve just finished my 3rd Module with Yoga Medicine and my teacher Tiffany Cruikshank (check her out she’s amazing) where I’ve spent a week at the Samahita Retreat Centre in Koh Samui studying the spine. This week, I have met some of the best Yoga teachers from all around the world. From Beijing, Australia, Kuwait (yes Kuwait) Bahrain, the list goes on and on. And despite the difference of where home is, one thing that came up was that when things change, lots of things happen all at once. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. Often it is the thought of change that scares us but when we transition through change, things seem to just fall into place.
So why the Re-brand and new Premises?
Well, Yoga Medicine trains me to work along side health care providers who want to recommend their patients to try yoga. Often when this happens, it’s hard to know who to send these patients to as Yoga is a such a vast subject with so many styles and not all of them focus on the anatomy and physiology of the body. When Yoga is suggested it’s usually because the person has some sort of dysfunction. Having be trained in all of the Yoga Medicine orthopaedic modules I can take a student who has an injury and apply Yoga techniques to help restore function. This does mean private sessions and assessments and homework however, in my experience so far the results have been amazing.
The time felt right to re-brand as Omshanti Yoga Living is about restoring function. And this isn’t to say there is anything wrong with other styles of Yoga, they all offer something beneficial however, when there is dysfunction in the body it makes sense to restore function so that the student can stay safe during other classes. So now, we feel, breathe and Function. Body awareness is so important however, unfortunately, when someone is experiencing pain and dysfunction this is something that is often lacking. Awareness of the breath is also another area which often needs work. Exhalation is so important for softening the muscle tissue, however, when someone is dealing with pain or flare ups, the tendency is to hold the breath which subsequently adds more tension. From this we then look at ways to help restore function to help reduce pain and flare ups.
I was very fortunate to be introduced to the lovely Helen Knight and Kate Cunningham who are both extremely well trained Pilates Teachers who teach out of the Sports Medicine clinic. Bill and his team have re-furbished their studio space and we 3 have become the Movement Medicine team who will be offering Functional Yoga, Mat Pilates and Machine Pilates. This is such an exciting move for me, for one to be working alongside Kate and Helen but also to be a resource and a referral point for people who visit the Clinic. So now every Thursday I will be based at the new studio where I’ll be offering Yoga courses and private sessions for clients who require more 1-1 assistance.
Keep an eye out for our open day where we’ll be offering some taster sessions.
So change can be good, and if you’re experiencing change right now, take a breath and know that the thought of it can be daunting but the ride through it can be an amazing experience.
You must be the change that you wish to see in the world – Ghandi