Based in Woolgoolga, NSW, Australia, I work with the traditional practices of yoga and the self care practices of Ayurveda tailored to the needs of the feminine body. As women we have vastly different needs to men, our bodies are engaged in cyclic rhythms and we transit through a vast number of roles as we journey through life. Given the state of the modern world, women have become prone to imbalances which create pain and disturbances, particularly in their womb.
I am trained in Therapeutic Yoga for Women including how to use the practices of yoga and simple self care to work with and bring healing to:
the different phases of the menstrual cycle
preconception - preparing the sacred ground for your baby
general women's health and pelvic problems
perimenopause - the transition into our wisdom years
yoga for the older woman
your body after surgery
I work with women to help them rekindle a connection with their womb, to acknowledge and embrace their inner power to move towards health and balance and to deepen into authenticity through yoga and self care. If you'd like to work together or learn about yoga in a women's body, please contact me for a chat about how we can get started.
My yoga training started over a decade ago in the North West of India, living in the home of a traditional teacher, Sat Guru Shri Shri Data Shri. Here I learned the basis of my spiritual practice, immersed in a practice of mantra - the use of sacred sound.
My guruji at the mouth of the Ganga - the holy river of India. We journeyed here together over 10 years ago.
On returning to Australia I continued my mantra immersion and worked with sound for healing and self evolution. I studied Kalari Ayurvedic therapy with a wonderful teacher Peter Noblett who taught me the ancient and rarely practiced therapy and how to make and use medicinal oils and herbal hotpacks. I continued expanding my interest in traditional Indian medicine and treated many people with the deeply healing Kalari massage in the following years. This involved working deeply with the energetic points on the body called marmas which are also foundational points for yoga asana and meditational practices. This work also taught me how to work with the energetic level of the body, releasing old patterns and even past life trauma and healing on a very deep level.
I was thrilled to study with the incredibly talented Kinesiologist Robert McDonnell who practices in Coffs Harbour. In 5 short courses (which were deeply experiential) I learned how to help bring people down from their adrenals, how to bring people out of traumatic loops that they are stuck or have been triggered into, how to reset and help heal ligament problems, release all kinds of trauma, flush the lymphatic system and more. These techniques were often implemented in my Kalari sessions with great success.
I have been blessed to study a three year course Yoga, Ayurveda, Mantra and Meditation with the world renowned teacher, yogi and scholar Dr David Frawley. This course involved learning how to use Yoga from the perspective of Ayurveda and helped me bring together my love of Yoga and the practical Ayurvedic understanding I had already gained through my Kalari work.
All the while I have maintained my own personal practice and implemented all the wisdom I have been blessed enough to gather.
My official 200hr Yoga Teacher Training was done under Ana Davis at the Byron Yoga Center in NSW Autralia and was specially tailored to impart the techniques of yoga for the healing and wellbeing of Women. This is the only training of its kind in Australia and covered all aspects of Women's health and yoga including Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine perspectives, Fertility training, working with highly sensitive people and women with chronic fatigue, menstrual cycle awareness and healing menstrual problems and menopausal yoga to balance the hormones and ease the transition into a woman's wisdom years.
Living in Woolgoolga I have many Indian friends (we have roughly a 50% Punjabi Sikh population here inclding 3 temples) and I love meditating at the temples, sharing group meals and listening to the beautiful traditional kirtan. I have been blessed to meet many of my friend's Indian mothers and have been blessed to learn about the traditional post-partum care of the new baby and mother from these elders. Caring for new mothers and helping them calm and bring their energies back in after birth is a love of mine. I am able to share simple traditional food and practices which can make a huge impact on post-natal recovery and also like to work to help the healing of c-section scarring and womb recovery.
With this incredible journey I have gathered such special, gentle tools for healing and nourishing women. I am also so grateful to my close friend Ben Chandler who is a practicing Chinese Medicine Practitioner and his partner Nirmala Rose who works helping prepare women for pregnancy, childbirth and post-partum care. Together we are able to offer women a holistic approach to reclaiming their balance and moving towards a life that deeply nourishes them and their families.
I work with women in groups and also one-on-one, helping them to understand their cycles and seasons of life, and tailoring yoga and self care practices to foster the wellbeing of the heart, the womb and the whole woman. If you feel like you'd like to learn more about your current position and how to move with yoga and self care towards health and wellbeing, please give me a call on 0413 811 359 or send me an email.
All the best, Chaitanya.