BIOMEDICAL AND AYURVEDIC YOGA AND YOGA THERAPY
One of the foundational aspects of Body, Mind and Lifestyle medicine is that it allows for the individual to take back control of their own health and wellbeing. As such, at Mandaram we place a very high emphasis on education with the clients that we work with. At Mandaram, we specialise in working with individuals currently facing life and/or health challenges: either those with chronic and/or debilitating conditions of the body, mind or emotions; as well as those who want to explore the expansive realm of Yoga as a way towards building better mental, emotional and physical resilience, and/or finding more meaning and purpose to life.
'Yoga’ today is a household name – and in our Western society it is often considered to encompass what is offered in the ever-popular modern Yoga class – physical postures, stretches, an amount of breath control, relaxation and some forms of meditation.
Yet Yoga itself is a vastly more expansive and rich tapestry, with a several thousand year old tradition behind it - where it has the capacity to offer enormous benefits to people’s health and wellbeing through all stages in life, as a a way of maintaining current health and wellbeing, but just as importantly as a scientifically proven way to assist in navigating through various health challenges.
Yoga traditionally is a sister science to Ayurvedic Medicine, and both share numerous foundational principles and practices. At Mandaram, we combine both Ayurveda and Yoga, along with principles from Holistic Counselling in providing our Yoga Therapy sessions and courses.
If one can breathe, move and has the capacity to learn to focus their attention, then one is able to practice Yoga. Whatever your stage in life, whatever your condition of health, we invite you to explore what our Yoga sessions and courses can offer to you.
At Mandaram, one of our core foundations lies in the fact that we believe that each individual should be able to live their lives in such a way that they are able to undertake all daily activities to the fullest possible potential, whether this be:
- In a state of health and wellbeing and maintaining this;
- Being able to bring a state of imbalance back to balance; or
- Being able to better manage chronic illness so that one has the maximum possible enjoyment in life, and minimise pain and suffering.
This concept is beautifully captured by Marlyssa Sullivan and Laurie Hyland Robinson in their 2020 book, Understanding Yoga therapy: "We can never fully eliminate physical and mental anxiety and disease. But we can reduce the suffering we experience as a result of our misperceptions, ignorances and ill-advised behaviour." As such, this foundation is embedded in all of what we do and what we offer.
One of the foundational aspects of Yoga Therapy is that it allows for the individual to take back control of their own health and wellbeing. As such, at Mandaram we place a very high emphasis on education with the clients that we work with.
WHAT WE OFFER:
- One-on-one tutoring/mentoring sessions: face-to-face or online.
- Individually tailored educational/self-study short courses: face-to-face or online
- Daily practices to suit the individual that they can practice at home.
All of what we offer is educationally focussed - with the aim of helping the individual better integrate learnings to help enrich their daily lives.
We draw from our experience and expertise in the following to create personalised sessions and courses to suit each individual - at all levels - from beginner to advanced level.
We also work with Yoga teachers to help them develop deeper Yogic practices into their daily lives.
- Ayurvedic and Holistic Counselling Principles and Foundations
- Mind-Body Medicine Principles: including but not limited to the stress and relaxation response, Polyvagal theory and the autonomic nervous system, the gut-brain connection and neuroplasticity
- Foundations and Principles of Ayurvedic Medicine
- Developing Yogic awareness of our thoughts and thought/behavioural patterns and how to shift them
- Patanjali's Yamas and Niyamas (Yoga's ethical guidelines for leading a life in harmony with nature and its elements)
- Self-reflection development
- Nada Yoga (The Yoga of Sound and Vibration)
- Mantra Yoga (Sacred sound vibrations)
- Japa Yoga (Mantra recitation using mala or rosary beads)
- Hatha (a.k.a. Modern Postural) Yoga
- Bhakti Yoga (the Yoga of Devotion)
- Jnana Yoga (The Yoga of wisdom: using the mind to inquire into it's own nature)
- Yogic relaxation exercises and Yoga Nidra
- Yoga and Dance (for Stress Release and PTSD/Trauma)
- Varying forms of Meditation (to suit the individual)
- Grounding practices (e.g. gardening, spending quiet time in nature, sitting around a campfire, art therapy, hobbies)
All of our Yoga and Yoga Therapy sessions are educationally focussed, highly supportive and have a fundamental focus on giving you tools to be able to utilise within your daily life.
We offer both Telehealth (or Zoom) online and in-person sessions.
All of our services are personalised and our purpose-built spaces are located in serene and private locations, surrounded by landscaped gardens.
WHAT UNDERPINS OUR SESSIONS AND COURSES
- Our approach is historically informed, yet thoroughly modern, science based techniques and approaches.
- We look at the individual as a whole person, who is seeking to change attitudes and actions that inhibit the natural healing process, and to cultivate attitudes and actions that support it, through working towards: (1) Reducing the symptoms of suffering that can be reduced; (2) Managing the symptoms that cannot be reduced; (3) Rooting out the cause wherever possible; (4) Improving life function; and (5) Shifting attitudes and perspectives in relationship to the challenges in life; (6) finding joy and richness within one's life.
- We maintain a focus on the body’s natural ability to heal and renew.
- All of our sessions are fully Trauma Informed (both in terms of professional training, but also from a personal understanding of our own personal experiences of trauma).
INITIAL CONSULTATION (TELEHEALTH OR FACE-TO-FACE):
Duration: 1.5 hour
Cost: $160.00 (AUD)
FOLLOW UP SESSION(S) (TELEHEALTH OR FACE-TO-FACE)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: $115.00 (AUD)
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM AN INITIAL SESSION WITH US
Working with Yoga Therapy is not the same as a Hatha Yoga (Asana) Class that many are familiar with. It is part of a journey of self discovery, and is one where you need to be (a) comfortable with the process, (b) and feel comfortable with and trust the person that you will be working with on this journey.
As such, our initial sessions generally cover the following aspects:
- In a gentle and exploratory way, we will firstly discuss with you the issues and concerns that you have in respect to health and wellbeing, as well as past and current health issues and/or conditions.
- We will also ask you a number of questions that will help us to better understand the signs and symptoms of imbalance(s)/disease that are present and look at your health physically, mentally and emotionally from an Ayurvedic and biomedical perspective.
- We will then discuss with you the options with you, answering any questions that you have, and discuss with you a forward plan that works for you (see also above as to modalities), including an educational/self-learning component to help you better manage your imbalances in daily life.
BOOK NOW FOR AN INITIAL YOGA OR YOGA THERAPY SESSION WITH US
NOTE: This is for an individual session, or if you would like to combine a semi-private session with a friend or family member.
OUR YOGA THERAPIST
'I am a practitioner not unlike the clients that I work with. I have my own life stories of trauma, abuse, pain, anxiety, panic attacks and my world and health falling apart, which I have had to face, work through and move forward from. So, when I work with my clients, it is with a knowing that whilst I cannot walk in their shoes, I can come from a place of deep understanding … and that all I offer to my clients, I practice in my own life as well.'
- Fire Sanders
Fire Sanders is a practitioner and teacher with a total passion for what she does and offers - especially when it comes to the integration of modern Western science, allied health and traditional Eastern mind-body medicine and philosophy.
Fire is an Ayurvedic Medicine Practitioner (Adv. Dip Ayurveda - the highest Ayurvedic Medicine qualification available in Australia), has a Masters Degree in Holistic Counselling, is a qualified Biomedical Yoga and Meditation Teacher, and has a Masters Degree in Biomedical Yoga Therapy, Meditation, & Allied Health. She also has over 25 years experience as a communicator, mentor and coach, both in Australia and internationally.
Introduced to Integrated Wellbeing and Lifestyle Medicine, Indian Vedic and Yogic practices at a very young age, Fire knows first hand the pain of long term emotional and health challenges and the impact of this on life in all aspects. Having suffered for many years with debilitating digestive issues that spiralled out of control and became life-threatening, Fire used Ayurveda, Counselling and Yoga to take back control of her body and mind, and work on the journey to recovery, and in the process work to also heal childhood trauma and issues concerning self-love and worth
Fundamental to all work that Fire undertakes with her clients is: Care, attention and focus; respect; professionalism, individualised care: and everything that she does and offers to her clients, Fire practices in her own life.