Premkranti Counselling

Trauma-informed yoga & emotional resilience for the frontlines

Premkranti Counselling expert Leonie Hollier has taught mindfulness, yoga and trauma-informed practice in the Bega community for over ten years and has a professional reputation for integrity.

This emotional resilience program for frontline staff of local services includes South East Women’s and Children’s Services (SEWACS), Women’s Refuge, Sapphire Neighbourhood Services and Katungal (Aboriginal Regional Community Health Services).

Trauma-informed yoga includes movement, relaxation, meditation practices and poly vagal theory and some strategies beyond the session to regulate the nervous system, tone the vagal nerves and establish equilibrium within.

“I have always been passionate about supporting those who show up every day to work with vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the community. I value the services these individuals offer and want to support them to continue in a way that sustains their own mental health and wellbeing.”

The program

Leonie has offered the well-received program since 2016, and prior to receiving a Yoga For Good Grant, financial support was unreliable.

Two 90-minute weekly classes took place at Bega’s Uniting Church over three months, totalling 24 sessions. The schedule, organised in three four-week blocks with a one-week break and in a central location, provided convenient access for all staff and management, promoting individual and group wellbeing among front-line workers in the area.

Frontline mental health and family support services in regional areas face high stress, regularly dealing with individuals impacted by domestic violence, trauma and homelessness. Typically, these services receive limited funding for staff wellbeing and support.

Sapphire Neighbourhood Services wrote:
“The benefits of the trauma-informed practice on myself and the team were extremely positive and increased professional wellbeing and practice. The classes provided space and time for relaxation, stress management and emotional regulation. It also improved concentration and capacity to be present, mindful and aware of self and others. The regular time allowed us as a team to spend time together and implement self-care in a group environment, strengthen connection and relationships with each other…”

Community yoga classes

We are passionate about sharing the joy of practising yoga and offering you an opportunity to connect with your true self on a regular basis.
View previous classes or book now for our next class.

Free
22nd March 2024 12:30pm (AEDT)

Hatha Community Class with Ahimsa Helen Cushing

Ahimsadhara is an expert teacher and author in yoga for trauma survivors. After teaching War Veterans for many years, she is now focusing on international programs and further writing. In this class, she uses asanas to help with healthy breathing and as a preparation for pranayama and yoga nidra.

Free
22nd April 2024 12:30PM (AEST)

Dru Yoga Community Class with Angela Baker

Angela is an experienced Yogi and Dru Teacher Trainer, environmental campaigner, peace educator, and avid traveller, always seeking the best methods to promote health through Dru Yoga’s practices. Join Angela on the mat for a simple journey through energy block release, alignment with sequence, asana and mudra to leave you feeling refreshed, inspired and welcoming change.

Testimonials

Our sole mission is to create opportunities to do good for others through yoga.
And we’re making an impact.

A huge thank you to the Yoga For Good Foundation...

…for their incredible contribution to our Life Now Yoga and meditation programs!

This generous donation will mean we can buy new yoga equipment, run a new yoga class in Broome, and enhance our meditation program for cancer patients and their primary carers.

Cancer Council Western Australia

Sending out gratitude to the Yoga for Good Foundation.

Their grant is enabling me to offer FREE trauma informed therapeutic movement and relaxation to frontline mental health and social services staff in Bega.

Participants are really valuing the time out for themselves and experiencing integrated poly vagal theory. And I get to be in a teaching space, yay!

PremKranti Counselling

The generous grant we've been awarded from the Yoga For Good Foundation...

…allows us to reach more underserved and vulnerable community groups who can benefit from a trauma-informed yoga and embodied mindfulness practice at zero cost to the participants.

Some of the community groups we’ll be serving in the current months include 000 Foundation, Men’s Walk and Talk and WAGEC.

Yoga on the Inside