The below is written by Kitty Reddington, one of The Yoga For Good Foundation’s recent grant recipients who received funding for her yoga therapy program for locals in her community who are suffering the effects of Long COVID.
I decided to study Yoga Therapy in 2019 because I regularly had students coming up to me at the end of a yoga class sharing with me their injuries and illnesses. While most yoga teacher trainings try to address common injuries, I found that this information wasn’t enough for the variety of health concerns I was coming across.
Studying Yoga Therapy completely transformed the way that I teach and the way that I approach health in a yoga class.
Yoga Therapy is defined by the International Association of Yoga Therapists as:
‘The process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application of the teachings and practices of yoga.’
I like to describe it as a combination of yoga, physiotherapy, counseling and health coaching, all wrapped up in one complete holistic setting.
As part of my Graduate Diploma in Yoga Therapy, I investigated the use of breathing practices to help support stress and anxiety. I ran one-on-one and group Yoga Therapy sessions. What I found, based on my small sample size, was that bringing attention to the breath and learning breathing practices had a positive impact on mental health.
I am now interested in taking these findings further to help address another growing health problem, long COVID.
Long COVID is estimated to affect anywhere from 10-30% of Australians who have had COVID. Symptoms include but are not limited to: extreme and chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, breathing problems, brain fog, headaches, and stress.
Symptoms last anywhere from two months to longer.
When I learned about long COVID, it immediately jumped out to me that this was affecting the individual’s life force or prana – which brought me right back to the research I had done as part of my studies, our prana is connected to our breath.
With the support of the Yoga for Good Foundation, I am now looking to support individuals with long COVID with a minimum of three free sessions. My hope is that through the practices of yoga we can rebuild and reawaken the prana within the body through gentle movements, breathing practices and mindfulness techniques – all tailored around the individual’s needs.
One of the simplest breathing practices I used while working with clients with stress and anxiety, was cultivating equal breathing, here are 8 simple steps to cultivate equal breathing:
After discovering yoga in 2014, Kitty knew very quickly that she had found a real way to connect with people and be of service. As she watched the benefits of the practice unfold in her life, she became convinced that this was something she had to share with as many people as possible.
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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.
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Our sole mission is to create opportunities to do good for others through yoga.
And we’re making an impact.
…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
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
…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
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