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Remedial programmes

John Marshall Hall, Christchurch, Blackfriars Rd SE1 8NY

See my Classes page for information on Medical Classes

I am registered on the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) part of the British Council for Yoga Therapy.

Yoga is for everyone whatever their age, physical condition or personal circumstances and beliefs.
Health problems and poor fitness levels are no barrier to practising yoga.

Iyengar Yoga classes concentrate on precise positioning and body alignment together with effective breathing techniques.
Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar has systematized these techniques,
clarified the anatomical principles that underly them, and his work emphasises there therapeutic aspects. His pioneering use of “props” (belts, blankets, foam, blocks, etc) make Yoga postures and their benefits accessible to all, regardless of individual limitations.

Remedial programmes are a good way into Yoga for those with sports injuries, specific health problems or who feel themselves to be very unfit. These can be arranged as part of a class, or in one–to-one teaching sessions with me.

Teaching Yoga to people who have suffered strokes.

Headway are an organisation who care for for people who have had strokes.
As part of their rehabilitation programme I was invited to teach the patients yoga.
The practice of yoga was tremendously beneficial to these patients and not only helped them on a physical level but also helped them to regain their confidence.

I am currently teaching people who have suffered strokes on a 1-2-1 basis and visit them in their home.
Many people who have had a stroke are unable to leave their home and so this has been of a great benefit to them.

If you, a member of your family or a friend are interested to learn more about this please do not hesitate to contact me.

Success stories

Brenda

A young man in his twenties came to me for remedial Yoga after breaking his femur (thigh bone) snowboarding. He had been in hospital for 18 months after major surgery, and had also had several months of physiotherapy treatment to no effect. His leg muscles had become extremely weak, and his foot was purple with no movement in the toes, because there had been nerve damage during his surgery.

It took 18 months of consistent Yoga practice, but now his leg muscles have regained their tone and he is nearly back to normal. Progress was obvious after just a few weeks, as the leg muscles became stronger and the circulation to his foot greatly improved. He can now walk without support and run and dance, none of which he was able to do before working with me on his remedial Yoga programme.

 


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Not everyone who comes to me for remedial Yoga has such severe injuries. More typical is the man in his forties who was recommended to take up Iyengar Yoga by his osteopath. He had constant pain in his back and dull aches in his leg. He followed his remedial Yoga programme diligently, and now has much stronger leg and back muscles, and no further back pain. He continues to practise Yoga at regular one-to-one sessions and at home to maintain the strength that he has gained.

"I sought Brenda’s advice when I was recovering from a broken leg. When I first visited Brenda I was walking using two crutches although the term walking doesn’t do my locomotion justice. After a couple of private lessons (I would have held up the classes too much!) and practicing certain yoga postures, every day accelerated the healing process tremendously and I was very soon literally back on my feet. My physio was most impressed with my progress!!..."

Becca Laurence
Head of Learning and Creative Resources

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