Yoga to treat pain

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Letters - Therese Col­man

Yoga for Pain classes have started across the re­gion at lo­ca­tions in Au­gusta, Mar­garet River and Cowaramup, from a joint ini­tia­tive by GP Down South and Yoga for Pain Care Aus­tralia.

Mar­garet River Yoga School’s Ally Hately is one of nine newly trained yoga teach­ers and health pro­fes­sion­als in the South West qual­i­fied to con­duct the spe­cial pain-care pro­gram.

Ms Hately said prac­ti­tion­ers were fin­ish­ing pi­lot pro­grams and would im­ple­ment reg­u­lar classes in the com­ing months.

“Most peo­ple com­ing to our classes are over 50, and a lot are in se­vere pain and re­ally strug­gling to do daily ac­tiv­i­ties,” she said.

“The train­ing was de­signed to help peo­ple with per­sis­tent, on­go­ing pain like arthri­tis and fi­bromyal­gia.

“The skill set I’m try­ing to teach is how to stay re­laxed, how to iden­tify the fac­tors that con­trib­ute to pain, and how to find plea­sure in move­ment.”

Ms Hately said peo­ple who suf­fered chronic pain shouldn’t be hes­i­tant try­ing the classes.

“To over­come that hurdle, they need to know that they’re com­ing into a safe space where peo­ple have been trained specif­i­cally to help with their con­di­tions,” she said. “We en­cour­age peo­ple to main­tain contact with their doc­tors if they have a med­i­cal plan, and talk to their doc­tors about their de­sire.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit yo­gafor­paincare .com or email the Mar­garet River Yoga School at mar­gare­

Pic­ture: Therese Col­man

Ally Hately demon­strates tech­niques on student Gio­vanna Greppi.

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