ABOUT IVY YOGA
Our mission at Ivy Yoga is to use yoga to support and uplift mental health and well-being
Yoga is an ancient practiced deeply rooted in meditation based principles, over time body-based practices have been popularised. However, these broad scopes of practice, however, are not mutually exclusive as moment based embodiment practices have been proven to serve as a vehicle for mental health.
Ivy yoga has been developed out of Kathie background in psychology, evidence-based benefits of physical and meditation based yoga, as well as an appreciation for the ancient teachings of yoga.
At Ivy Yoga we emphasise an invitational style of practice to support individuals as they move at their own pace. This means options are given and each individual empowered to deepen their practice by investigating what these options mean for them. There are no hands-on adjustments. However, Kathie is present to support individuals physically and mentally.
There are currently two broad scopes of class styles at Ivy yoga.
1) Those that utilise yogic practices that have been proven to support those that have experienced psychological trauma.
2. Classes that have been developed to assist individuals to rest and restore both physically and mentally so that they may flourish in their daily life.
Through yoga and meditation practice, we can evolve a positive relationship with ourselves, increase mental clarity, develop a sense of calm, and enhance well-being.
What's in a name?
The name Ivy Yoga was born out of the plant's symbolism and serves to guide some of our core values.
The spiraling nature of the way ivy grows is thought to be symbolic of the spiral of the self. Spiraling inward and outward, seeking self-discovery while being supported by outward influences.
Its interweaving and connectedness with the external environment can symbolism friendship- the uniting and linking with others, the twist and turns of healthy relationships and communities. These are supportive but yet offer an opportunity for individual growth and expansion.
Another tribute of ivy is its ability to grow in challenging environments. One of its most well-known characteristics is the ability to bounce back and persevere. This is much like the human spirit and the strength that we all inherently possess.