How Will This Help Me?

Sonja delivers a Trauma Informed practice.  She uses a combination of Trauma Informed, Gentle, and Restorative Yoga practices in your 60 minute personalised session.  

 What is Gentle Yoga?

A gentler style of yoga calms your nervous system so that your parasympathetic nervous system engages. This encourages better digestion, a decrease in stress levels, and an enhanced ability to relax and heal. A slower and gentler practice of yoga allows you to move at a comfortable pace, does not push you to do anything that may make you uncomfortable, and creates less strain on your muscles and joints.

Gentle yoga is for anyone.  It is great for people with injuries, pain, mobility or health issues. A gentle yoga practice is for anyone who is afraid they are not flexible or fit enough to do the yoga poses.

For those of you who are fit and active, incorporating a gentle yoga or restorative session once a week will help you maintain balance in your body, avoid burnout and you will get to know your body and mind in different ways.

What is Restorative Yoga?

Restorative yoga is the use of props to create positions of ease and comfort that facilitate relaxation and health.  Restorative yoga is a practice for people of all ages and all levels of yoga experience, and in all states of health.

Restorative Yoga is about opening rather that stretching.  It is a receptive practice, not an active practice.  In restorative yoga you are held in "shapes" while being supported with blankets, blocks, or bolsters.  You enter into a state of deep relaxation.  It is here that you can let go of holding patterns in your body and find a state of balance that will allow your mind and body to heal.

Countless studies show the ill effects of stress on the mind, body , and spirit.  Restorative yoga provides a way to disconnect, settle into ourselves and rest in silence.  The practice creates a calmer, more present mind, and marked physical and psychological benefits like lowering blood pressure and elevating and stabilising mood.

What is Trauma Informed Yoga?

In a trauma informed session your choice is prioritised.  Sonja uses open and invitational language to create a safe and welcoming space.

There are clear boundaries, no physical touch, and a normalisation of all symptoms or responses to movement. You can leave any time.

Sonja uses grounding, centering, and breathing techniques to cultivate self awareness, self-regulation, and self care.