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Yogamotion  – Pilates & Movement

After the last few years of operating from Royal Rehab Putney, teaching pilates & yoga at physio & chiro clinics and teaching corporate group fitness classes across Macquarie Park (North Ryde) Business District, we have evolved into Studio High Street –  a community for improved movement, group fitness & wellbeing whatever your stage of life. Click here to browse to our new site.

 

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I offer a range of corporate yoga and pilates classes and group and private yoga/pilates sessions. These classes are invigorating & rejuvenating which benefit and challenge even the fittest of participants. Combining traditional hatha yoga with modern exercise science techniques, Okido yoga and Classical and Modern Pilates, classes can help open specifically tight areas, alleviate & prevent ongoing back pain and achieve better ease of movement, flexibility and strength. I also teach yin yoga and vinyasa yoga.

What is Okido Yoga?

Yoga – working with the Meridians in the Body

Okido Yoga (also known as Ki yoga, Meridian yoga, Therapy Yoga, Japanese yoga or Shinshin-Toitsu-Do and Okido) is different to other forms of yoga in that it works with the same meridians in the body as accupuncture and zen shiatsu and incorporates elements of Traditional Eastern Medicine (yin and yang theory and 5 Element Theory – Fire, Water, Earth, Metal and Wood. This means it works with the organs in the body at a much deeper and therapeutic level by stimulating energy of the body’s pathways. Okido yoga also includes modern exercise science and some elements from martial arts. Okido yoga benefits and challenges even the fittest of particpants, as well as being a powerful healing system to relieve and improve chronic pain such as back pain, tension and tight muscles such as shoulders, neck, hips, PSOAS, problematic knees, headaches, menopause, infertility and endometriosis! We also work with diapragmatic breathing in Okido yoga which activates our parasympathetic nervous system. Okido yoga is a very dynamic and powerful healing form of yoga, requiring concentration and effort on the participants’ part. A lot of instruction is given in Okido yoga, therefore listening skills are important. It is difficult to think about or concentrate on anything else other than the session you are participating in. This is one part of what makes this style of yoga a mindful practice. You will completely zone out everything else going on in life and around you, being totally present and within yourself whilst achieving amazing physical benefits. Personally, I do not have a large focus on poses such as Sun Salutations, Downward Dogs, Triangles, Windmills or even Tree Poses, although these are part of traditional Japanese yoga. Most of the work we do is done on the mat mostly supine or prone and works on the internal organs as much as the external muscles. There is a large focus with working with the spine. After the age of 20, the only way we can keep our spine from degenerating is by moving the spine ourselves in various movements (arching, twisting, bending etc). You just need to know how! Once participants try this powerful and healing form of yoga,  they tend to choose it over other forms of yoga. Come and try it for yourself.   What is Yin Yoga? Yin yoga involves long passive holds up to about 2-3 minutes each pose. Yin yoga works at fascia level rather than muscular level which so many other exercise modalities work at. Comparing yin yoga with ki yoga (and it’s similar cousin, Ryoho yoga) – Ki and Ryoho combine both dynamic movements (muscular level) and passive holds (fascia level). Ki yoga has both yin and yang movements to create a very balanced modality. With yin yoga, we also work with the energetic pathways of the body (meridians) which you might be familiar with used in accupuncture or accupressure. The body goes into various asanas with passive holds to stimulate the energy within these pathways. Yin yoga is wonderful for anxiety and relieving tension in the body.   What is Vinyasa yoga? Prepare for the body to heat up and be energised with Vinyasa Flow yoga. Vinyasa is a dynamic and flowing form of yoga involving predominantly standing postures. The asanas are sequenced so that there is a seamless flow and each posture is driven with the breath. Typically we’ll inhale to move upwards and exhale when performing downward moves. This form of yoga may be a little strong if you have arthritis in the joints or carpal tunnel. If that’s the case for you let me know, and I will make modifications to your Vinyasa Flow sequence!  

Why do Okido Yoga?

Okido Yoga is tailored to the individual’s needs. It can be used to assist with a number of conditions such as sports injuries, back pain, high blood pressure, menopause, insomnia, anxiety, panic disorder, digestive issues and endometriosis. Okido is a great overall approach to general health and fitness, the most naturally powerful healing system you will find!

What is Buteyko Breathing and how can it help me?

The Buteyko method or Buteyko Breathing Technique is a form of physical therapy that proposes the use of breathing exercises for various health conditions such as asthma, other respiratory conditions, anxiety, and insomnia. Buteyko breathing uses minimal breathing volume in an optimal way to reset breathing to normal levels.

Some of the Healthy Effects of Buteyko Breathing on the Body:

  • Vastly reduces symptoms of Asthma & other Respiratory conditions
  • Controls Breathing Rate
  • Balances CO2 Levels In Lungs
  • Boosts Metabolism
  • Boosts Immune System
  • Improves Sleep Quality
  • Reduces Anxiety & Arrests Panic Attacks

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