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Gentle, safe, calming: Dani explains her Chair Yoga classes

By June 9, 2022July 25th, 2022No Comments

Bloomhill clients will soon have access to ‘chair yoga’, which is joining the schedule of wellness activities from June 24, 2022.

Chair Yoga is a gentle form of yoga which helps people of all abilities build strength and balance in a safe environment. If you love yoga or are curious to try it but are not confident on a mat, chair yoga could be a good fit for you.

A warm welcome to yoga instructor Dani Russo, who is was excited to get to know Bloomhill clients.

Dani specialises in yoga appropriate to an individual’s needs.

“My goal as a teacher is to support people to really appreciate their body for all the amazing things it can do, despite limitations it might have,” Dani said.

“I love that my classes mean that whoever cannot or chooses not to practice mat yoga can still access the wonderful benefits of this practise in a safe environment. Although chair yoga is typically a gentle class, we can still build strength and even work on balance from a chair.”

Dani said she was particularly interested in sharing the gifts of yoga with people who mightn’t otherwise have access to it due to age, health or mobility.

“My chair yoga classes are gentle and there is a strong emphasis on mindful movement and the role of the breath in nervous system regulation. My classes are invitational rather than prescriptive with options given to meet students where they are at from moment to moment.”

A qualified and experienced Hatha Vinyasa yoga instructor, Dani trained in Perth, and completed postgraduate training in chair yoga which she has taught since 2019.

She believes everybody should have access to yoga.

“Yoga helps nurture equanimity – the ability to ride the ups and downs of life,” Dani said.

“When we dedicate ourselves to living in the moment we have the potential to experience true peace and freedom.

“Everybody knows somebody who has been touched by cancer, myself included, and it’s my wish that services such as this are readily available to facilitate clients’ management and recovery.”

Dani said making yoga accessible has always been a driving force in her teaching.

“Young, old, fit or infirm, everybody should have access to the healing benefits of yoga,” Dani said.

“I have taught yoga to seniors and people with pain and physical limitations for several years and for many of them this is the only form of physical activity they can do.

“It is so rewarding time and time again to hear about clients’ physical and mental gains as a result of regular attendance at yoga.

“Yoga has been a powerful tool in my own wellbeing journey and the best thing about it is that you can practice it anywhere at any time without the need for special equipment.”

In her work with Bloomhill Dani said:

“I am looking forward to meeting people touched by cancer and being a small part of their journey.

“I hope my classes will positively impact people’s overall health by enabling them to remain active and empowering them with the knowledge to change the way they relate to their body, mind and breath.”

At their first chair yoga session clients should bring a referral from their GP or Bloomhill nurse as well as information on any contraindications or special considerations to ensure their safety during practice.

To book a chair yoga class please phone Bloomhill on 5445 5794.