Carers Yoga Program

CARERS  Yoga Program: 

Are you a Carer?  Are you suffering from Anxiety, Stress and Overwhelm? 

Come to Carers Yoga – The Perfect Antidote for the Relentless Stress of a Carers Life!

Having been a registered nurse, a carer for my Mum, and working with many carers over the last 30 years in nursing homes, hospitals, and my natural therapy clinic, I understand how stressful life can be for someone in the caring role.

It is a 24 hour a day, 7 days a week job. Even if you are not living with the person, the ‘stress tentacles’ still reach out and find you, as you constantly worry about their wellbeing and health when they are looking after themselves or in a care facility.

Many carer’s suffer from chronic anxiety, ongoing depression, poor sleep, poor memory and concentration, anger and frustration (often suppressed), social isolation, poor digestion and weight issues, pain and stiffness due to lack of physical exercise from being housebound or too tired to move and exercise.

For over 10 years, I have run a Yoga class for Carers on Tuesdays 12.00pm – 1.30pm, during school terms. This is a government funded program through ‘Skills for Carers’ at Woden CIT Campus. The cool part is that it is FREE for Unpaid Family Carers!

There is so much research to support the positive effects of yoga on relieving anxiety and depression and many other issues, it is wonderful that you as a carers can have access to a weekly class to regain your sense of health and wellbeing, inner calm and happiness.

Is it yoga anyone can do? Yes! This is a very easy going, easy to do style of yoga, no need to tie yourself in knots or do pretzel poses. This yoga is based on focused breathing and gentle stretches to build flexibility, improve balance, gain strength and reduce pain, and most importantly, deep relaxation to calm and soothe the mind, body and soul. It is suitable for all sorts of bodies, ages, and levels of flexibility. We have men and women who come, couples who need time out from their kids (young or grown up), young carers in their 20’s up to people in their 70’s.

Who can come? Everyone who is an unpaid family carer is welcome, and all are encouraged to participate to their level of ability. There is no competition or judgement. You are encouraged to just do your best with how your body is feeling on the day. Everyone feels improvements within a very short time, even after the first session, people notice they feel calmer, sleep better, and can move more freely. Obviously these benefits increase the more you come.

What if I can’t come every week? Many carer’s do try to come every week because they know it helps them feel good. Some just come when they can. There is no pressure. We all understand that a carers life is very unpredictable, and things like medical appointments, behaviour issues and sickness can come up at the last minute. So just do your best to look after yourself, have your yoga bag ready to go, and seize the moment when you can to get out the door and come along – imagine  having and hour and a half of quiet, nurturing “Me Time”!  Everyone reports that they feel many benefits rippling out into their life, and overall a sense of improved wellbeing and a more positive outlook.

Social: The group is very inclusive and welcoming. Many go for a coffee or lunch afterwards to just share some social time and chat. Everyone is very supportive and understanding of what you are going through, and it is often the only socialising that some carers have in the whole week. At the end of each term, for those who want to, we go and have a lovely lunch at a local restaurant to just have some fun, share a meal, a laugh and a chat.

What sort of carer can come? So if you are caring for someone who has dementia, cancer, autism, aspergers, MS, Parkinsons Disease, depression or mental health issues, chronic heart disease, diabetes, acquired brain injury, or any other illness or mental health problem, please feel free to join us and  learn some great strategies that are very effective at helping you relax, feel calm and back in control of your thoughts and emotions, and feeling better physically too.