Yoga for Mental Health and Wellbeing
YOCD (Yoga for OCD, BDD & Anxiety Disorders)
Gentle, healing hatha yoga sessions, assisting recovery from anxiety disorders, trauma & addiction. The focus is on reconnecting with the body in a safe, secure environment. Hatha yoga breath work, postures, mindfulness meditation and relaxation techniques combine to help achieve wellbeing and balance in body, mind & spirit.
Jo is a qualified S.O.A.R.™ SUCCESS OVER ADDICTION AND RELAPSE Yoga Instructor. She trained with Kyczy Hawk, founder of Yoga Recovery and author of Yoga & the 12 Step Path, yoga for mental & physical addiction. On completion of the course, Jo created YOCD, specific hatha yoga sessions. These are designed to help manage anxiety disorders such as OCD, BDD, stress and addictive & compulsive behaviours.
Yoga Therapy Services
Jo used yoga as a way of recovery from her own OCD / BDD and post-natal OCD and depression. She incorporates trauma sensitive yoga in her sessions and is a keen advocate for the use of yoga as a recognised therapy. She has contributed the Australian Yoga Journal & the book ‘Reflections on Body Dysmorphic Disorder’ published by the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation.
Jo offers individual and group Yoga Therapy sessions and Advisory service. Contact us for a discussion and further details.
When you do yoga – the deep breathing, the stretching, the movements that release muscle tension, the relaxed focus on being present in your body – you initiate a process that turns the fight or flight system off and the relaxation response on. That has a dramatic effect on the body. The heartbeat slows, respiration decreases, blood pressure decreases. The body seizes this chance to turn on the healing mechanisms”
– Richard Faulds
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
“PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions.”
“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.” ~ Anne Lamott