Articles written by Erika
How Yoga Therapy Can Help When
Anxiety Builds Up
Do you suffer from Anxiety?
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–5,) Generalised Anxiety Disorder is when a person expresses extreme anxiety or worry about a number of different events or activities for more days than not throughout a 6-month period and finds it challenging to control this worry.
The DSM-5 mentions that Generalised Anxiety Disorder is when at least three of the following six symptoms are experienced; with at least some of these being presented within more days than not within that 6-month time frame.
Restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge
Being easily fatigued
Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
Sleep disturbance (difficulty falling or staying asleep, or restless unsatisfying sleep)
What triggers Anxiety?................Read More
Unravelling Yin Yoga – Interview with Erika Newberry
It’s Sunday evening, and I’ve just returned home from a Yin Yoga class.
I’m feeling clear, embodied and co-ordinated.
Other times, I’ve felt vulnerable and raw.
Or held and nurtured.
Energised and awakened.
Reacquainted with parts of my body that I’d not paid loving attention to in a very long time.
Humbled into my heart and into my life.
This is the gift of Yin Yoga.
You get what you need. Every single time.
This restorative practice has become fundamental to my well-being, my sense of self, and my ability to create with clarity.
And so I’ve invited Erika Newberry, founder of Change With Yoga (and facilitator of the classes I adore), to share her perspective and love of Yin Yoga with us… Read More
Doing Time with Yoga
I recently had the opportunity to teach Hatha & Laughter Yoga to some women in a high security prison. I was so excited when I first received the news that the session was going ahead, but at the same time I was completely full of nerves. I’ve never worked with offenders before let alone been inside a prison!
Immediately, my mind was racing; what would these women think of me? Was I so different from them that they wouldn’t take me seriously, or take in what I had to offer? How would they receive the laughter yoga part of the session? What if they didn’t listen, or worse still, laugh! What if they thought that yoga in general was weird and would want nothing to do with it?
In Hatha Yoga we call this situation ‘chitta’ (the mind stuff). Read More
Protect your inner environment….as carbon taxes you!
With the carbon tax approaching and the continuous presence of carbon emissions in the media we can’t help but see the word ‘carbon’ as ‘bad’ or ‘toxic’. It got me thinking about carbon dioxide within the body. It is often perceived as being ‘toxic’ for the human body, but how true is this? Carbon dioxide (Co2) is essential to successful gas exchange as it enables the release of oxygen into the blood stream which nourishes our organs and keeps us alive and well. Read More
The Gift of Kindness;
World Kindness Day – 13th November
It’s oh so easy to get caught up in our day to day lives and forget what our motivation is for the decisions that we make. Are our decisions based on what we value the most? In this mad world,.....Read More
Finding it hard to get motivated for your Yoga practice? Try our top tips!
1. Get Educated
Have you ever been in a class and wondered what the benefits are of placing our body in these strange positions? There are so many great yoga resources out there, you only need to get out your iphone, use our dear friend the ‘internet’, lie in the sunshine (with sunscreen on of course) to read a good yoga book or ask one of your yoga teachers. We love it when you ask questions!
Take a look at yoga anatomy, the affects that a pose has on each of the systems of the body. Learn about the 8 limbs of yoga, different styles of yoga or yoga history. There is just so much to learn and the information really is at our fingertips. Having a deeper understanding of our practice can be transforming! Read More
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
You may have heard your teacher talk about the ‘Yoga Sutras of Patanjali’ in class before or perhaps your teacher focused on one for that particular class. The Sutras of Patanjali is a guideline for how to live a yogic life and were written by an Indian sage approximately 2000 years ago. Sutras are loosely translated as ‘threads’ and are simple ideas or statements that lead on to one another.
Practicing asana (yoga postures) while concentrating on a yoga sutra is great way to explore the perception we have about ourselves and to broaden or expand our self-made boundaries of who and what we are. Read More
I always look forward to my yoga classes with Erika. I love the relaxing, peaceful atmosphere that she creates, setting an intention at the start and then beginning with gentle movements. Her instructions are very clear, they are directed at different levels and more advanced students are given more challenging exercises (we are a gym class so the levels are mixed). Erika also checks to see how her students are before and after class. While we finish with a brief yoga nidra meditation, Erika places a small card with a one sentence message in front of us. To sum it up: Erika is a wonderful yoga teacher. I can’t recommend her highly enough.
Anna , Bentleigh Fitness Centre
Erika has been great. She has a good blend of the physical practice and meditation and is playful in her classes. I think that is quite unique and I really enjoy that aspect of her class.
Kundalini House student
Watching Erika with the women was profound. It was great to see them smiling and really connecting with themselves.
Sarah, Workshop with female offenders
Erika really puts you at ease and has a positive air about her.
Kundalini House student
Erika is soulful, playful, knowledgeable, nurturing and adds her special touch to the class with her "cards", a great instructor.
Kundalini House student
The session was very comforting. I enjoyed the stretching of the body and the breathing techniques were great! I would like to do more of these classes.
I found the session very relaxing and a good insight into yoga. It was fun and informative.
This session was very relaxing and it made me feel calm. Before, I was very stressed and tired and now I feel calm but vibrant. I feel as though I have had a burst of energy from somwhere so I thank you Erika.
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