Yoga is a means of harmonising our various systems (digestive, nervous, endocrine, lymphatic, circulatory, muscular, etc.) as well as our mind, vitality, intellectual and emotional states. Thereby steadily integrating all aspects of self to elevate wellbeing along with awareness to uncover latent potential.
Yoga therapy does all of this, but takes an individualized approach, ‘prescribing’ yoga programmes to attain the state of equilibrium and optimal health. Various time-proved methods (postures; breathing techniques; meditation; conscious relaxation, etc.) are recommended and taught to stimulate, regulate and harmonize body, mind and spirit.
"I try my utmost to teach what I learn along this path, integrating the science, philosophy and art of yoga, along with detailed alignment and the intricacies of anatomy and physiology. I fascinate on our potential to heal. I fascinate on our subtleties of being and how we can deeply connect with ourselves, with each other and with our surroundings. We should all be give the tools from the onset on how to best manage and cultivate equilibrium to ease through all experiences, and have the sense of freedom through taking responsibility for our own energetic systems.
Since 2017 I have been teaching yoga to the caregivers and hospital staff at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Yoga should be offered in all hospitals and all schools.” Jeannie Holmes
“8 weeks ago I was diagnosed with an anaplastic astrocytoma - an aggressive malignant brain tumour. This obviously came as a massive shock to me. I am 34 years old and incredibly fit and healthy. At the beginning of October I started radiation therapy which consists of 6 weeks of radiation. If I told you I was fighting fit and stronger than I have ever been, would you believe me? Probably not.
This is due in large part to the work that I did with Jeannie Holmes of Awake Studio pre and post surgery and continue to do throughout my treatment. I met Jeannie about 2 weeks before my surgery to remove the tumour. She taught me meditation and mind/ body connection and techniques that prepared me for my surgery. The doctors indicated that I would be in hospital for 2 weeks after the surgery, following which I would need to go to rehab for 4-6 weeks. Miraculously I walked out of hospital 4 days later, following a full craniotomy.
Jeannie visited me in hospital and at home, and again taught me coping techniques that assisted in my healing process. I now attend daily Yoga Nidra as well Yoga Therapy classes at the AWAKE Yoga Studio and continue to see Jeannie on a one on one basis as we expand these techniques as required throughout my treatment.
Jeannie is a pivotal part of my healing and plays a massive role in my support team. My mind is stronger than ever before and because of Jeannie and what she has taught me as a healer, I have a stronger chance of kicking what has been called an “incurable disease”. I believe that I will be the outlier.
Jeannie has also been a massive support for my family, and my wife who now also attends the Yoga Nidra classes.” Patrick Atherton
“I have known Jeannie Holmes for the past 3 years. I have personally attended her yoga classes on a twice weekly basis. As a psychologist it is important to me that the yoga teaching I attend is mature and responsible on a physical, intellectual as well as spiritual level. I have been very impressed with the excellent way in which Jeannie contains and facilitates all these needs. She teaches responsibly but at the same time in a creative way which always feels playful, inspiring and respectful. She regularly attends new training courses locally as well as abroad and her pupils have the benefit of her enthusiasm and diligence as a yoga teacher.
Injuries are always a possibility in yoga teaching, but due to her meticulous attention to each individual in her class this was never a problem.
I have referred some of my own patients to Jeannie, where recurrent physical pain was experienced. In those cases they benefitted greatly and their physical symptoms disappeared after a course of yoga and meditation with Jeannie.
There is increasing evidence that meditation and yoga is an effective treatment, together with psychotherapy to treat chronic neural pain as well as psychological distress. Jeannie proved this to me with these patients.” Louise Rabe
“Yoga with Jeannie brings all the different aspects of body and function into perfect co-ordination, bringing with it health and vitality. Teaching is applicable to all levels of Yoga, from first timers to the more advanced practice, with valuable corrections to alignment given from fingers all the way down to toes. Jeannie is as dedicated to the initial yoga poses as she is to the more complicated, thunder and lightning pose.
Meditation and Breath leads you in towards your internal landscape, where you find clarity and where you find a deeper understanding towards yourself, and subsequent peace. Meditation practice with Jeannie enables one to manage the struggles we face on a day-to-day basis with grace as well as ease.
Yoga Nidra with Jeannie has also been exceptionally valuable tool in introspection, allowing an even deeper awareness of self, as well as providing valuable techniques in rest and developing a healthy sleep pattern.
The practice with Jeannie benefits mental health and over all physical wellbeing, it has provides intellectual clarity, enhanced concentration levels, effective stress management, as well as a higher understanding of self.” Maxine Olmesdahl
How to Enhance Childhood Development | Yoga in Schools
Our development during the early years is influenced by neurophysiology, neurochemistry and neuroanatomy. Often the challenges with learning and behaviour can be traced back to irregularities in this neural network.
The mind and body functions through a complex interplay of many systems (including the nervous system, digestive system, visual system, auditory system, sensory-motor system, endocrine system ,vestibular system and so on) ; and there are Systematic, Scientific Yoga practices that focus on and enhance all of the above and more.
What is most exciting is that even if part of a system or brain is damaged it is possible to reroute, and activate all the supporting structures. Often we think that the mind must be used to figure something out, but the reverse is also true in that we can use our body, breath connection to awaken, heal and create new neural pathways in the mind.
Regularly teaching in schools and the Kids Classes at AWAKE Yoga Studio, I see first hand how yoga aids all levels of learning, and positively enhances children’s coping mechanisms and behaviour.
Yoga also eases numerous childhood ailments, such as asthma, epilepsy, diabetes, headaches, anxiety, autism, dyspraxia and the list goes on even to constipation ... yip all kids absolutely love - Pawanmuktasana Gas Release Pose. I know I’ve done my job when everyone has a real belly laugh.
Learning to balance and find balance not only enhances all the systems, but also builds confidence and a true sense of self. Children find that quiet space to discover themselves in a very tangible way, with grounding their feet into the earth to feel more supported. Finding a fixed point to focus on in order to easily hold balance. Lengthening and slowing down their breath, to slow their heart rate and ease their mind.