Yoga to treat pain

Therese ColmanAugusta Margaret River Times
Ally Hately demonstrates techniques on student Giovanna Greppi.
Camera IconAlly Hately demonstrates techniques on student Giovanna Greppi. Credit: Augusta-Maragret River Times, 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.

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“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 margaretriveryoga@gmail.com.

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