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Yoga for Chronic Pain

In October 2022 we ran a very gentle subsidised 9 week introductory course specifically for those with chronic pain, focused on relaxing the body and mind and befriending the body.

Emma has a great deal of experience delivering sessions for those with chronic pain. This class supported individuals in relaxing the body through yogic breathing, postural techniques, self-massage and gentle rhythmic movements that everyone was able to do in your own way. These techniques help to switch nervous system dominance from sympathetic (fight/flight) to parasympathetic (rest/digest) to allow muscles to relax, the breath to deepen, and digestive system to work effectively. From there we can start to engage in movements that feel safe. You will also have the opportunity to experience Yoga Nidra and a Soundbath Meditation which are deeply relaxing.

The class was taken in a chair or sitting or laying on the floor, whatever was most comfortable for those attending.

The feedback was excellent with participants reporting that they felt pain free for the first time in years, that they felt listened to and connected with others and learnt helpful techniques to manage their pain.

For more details and to ask any questions Email: Emmabebliss@outlook.com

Is this class suitable for yoga beginners?

Yes, this class is focused on breathing and postural techniques to ease tension and find space in the body.

How active is this class?

The class is relaxing with small gentle, rhythmic movements and stretches only moving to a range that feels good for you, self-massage and finding more ease in standing and sitting in different ways. Each session also includes a guided relaxation meditation.

We are working on relaxing and befriending the body so that we can learn to relax muscles and move in a way that feels safe and healthy for us.

How long does the course last?

The course lasts for 9 weeks, if you are unable to make it some weeks that's fine, but please let us know so if you can so that we can plan appropriately.

Is the teacher experienced in working with people with chronic pain?

Yes, Emma has lived experience of chronic pain and is a trauma-informed yoga teacher who trained with John Scott and Lucy Crawford. She has taught the techniques to NHS-referred pain support groups over the past 2 years and she also taught these techniques to her father who had chronic pain.

Is there parking at the venue?

Yes, you can park for free on Sundays on the roads outside the venue, disabled badge holders can park for free in the daytime and everyone can park for free at B&M bargains at the top of the road.

Can I participate in the class using a chair?

Yes absolutely, you can use a chair if you prefer, we always have them available.

Do I need to bring anything?

Unless you are going to be participating from a chair for the whole session please do bring a yoga mat if possible.

Of course, if you find a yoga mat too heavy to carry let us know and we will make sure there is a sanitised and quarantined mat available for you to use.

What should I wear?

We will be bare footed and so no need for trainers, wear something you are comfortable moving and gently stretching in - perhaps leggings or joggers and a t-shirt or vest top.

about the Teacher

Emma Lowther-Wright: Studio Director

Hi, I'm Emma and I am very fortunate to have been trained to teach Ashtanga Yoga by world-renowned John Scott. John is one of the key teachers who brought Ashtanga yoga from India to Europe.

I am dedicated to and immersed in the Ashtanga practice and continue to travel to study with senior 500hr international teachers including Eddie Stern, Scott Johnson and Greg Nardi.

I teach with an emphasis on clear communication, empowerment, joy and compassion. I am especially interested in the neuroscience of yoga, how yoga can release physically held mental and emotional tension and how yoga can help us to live with greater joy, confidence and ease.

As well as studio classes I work within the community teaching in workplaces and education settings and to members of our community with physical and mental health challenges including those with deafness, who use a wheelchair and have cognitive challenges.

My classes are heart-lifting, empowering, flowing dances to the rhythm of the breath. I share movement and meditation practices with kindness, encouragement and joy - I hope to welcome you to a class soon.
RYT 200hrs, BAST PLdip, Groove Facilitator, POUND, Barre Concept

I am only fairly recent to the studio and to Emma as a teacher but wow what a difference it has made to my week each week and my well-being overall. I look forward to my classes and feel amazing after.

Emma is so kind and helpful  coaxing you to push a little further and increase your practice, making it more enjoyable and giving your a stronger basis. The yoga in the park during the pandemic was a life line and such a beautiful idea I almost sad to go back to a studio. We laugh, practice and most of all enjoy the moment. I recommend this school and teacher wholeheartedly ......”  Anna

Wow - what a difference!

I have practiced yoga with many teachers but have learnt so much from Emma. Her explanations are very clear and really help me to get more from each posture and my practice. I always feel wonderful after her yoga classes. Thank you for sharing your knowledge Emma. Pauline

Learnt so much

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