Nepean Hospital Yoga Classes
The health industry still does very little to look after those people involved in providing care for the sick and for the dying in our healthcare system. Not only are these people working under considerable stress and pressure at work but often these same people will go home from work to face perhaps even more stress and pressure at home. In my own way I have tried to make a difference in this area.
Free Yoga Classes...
In my own small corner of the health industry, where I work as a Clinical Nurse Educator in the Intensive Care Unit, I provide free Yoga classes for health care workers associated with the Nepean Hospital in Penrith. Thus I aim to create creating a one hour timeout where healthcare workers can rest, regroup and once again be energised.
I have provided these free Yoga classes to the Nepean Hospital staff for almost 3 years. The one hour free classes are held every Monday from 4pm to 5pm for much of the year in the Intensive Care Education and Training Unit (ICET) above the Intensive Care Unit. Taught in the Satyananda tradition these classes aim to cover the basics of:
- Gentle joint mobilisation
- Increasing core strength
- Releasing energy
- Manipulating and understanding the breath
- Learning to focus and relax
The gentle and restorative classes are free for current Nepean Hospital staff, former Nepean staff as well as friends and family. Please use the email address at the base of this page for any enquiries. Or you can simply turn up at one of the scheduled classes! Remember that you will need to wear loose clothing and also bring a Yoga mat and a blanket. There is absolutely no charge for these classes.
The timetable below will be usually issued on a seasonal basis and will vary a little from time to time due to Public Holidays, extra bookings in my usual ICET room or gaps where I am on leave from the Hospital...
|Timetable for the free Nepean Yoga classes...|
|Monday April 3rd||Week 1 of a 4 week teaching cycle: Building Strength. Class at 4pm in ICET.|
|Monday April 10th||No class this week due to room unavailability in ICET.|
|Monday April 17th||No class this week due to the Public Holiday.|
|Monday April 24th||Week 2 of a 4 week teaching cycle: Building strength. Class at 4pm in ICET.|
|Monday May 1st||Week 3 of a 4 week teaching cycle: Building strength. Class at 4pm in ICET.|
|Monday May 8th||Week 4 of a 4 week teaching cycle: Building strength. Class at 4pm in ICET.|
|May 15th, 22nd, 29th||Andrew on Annual Leave: No classes.|
The classes progress through a 4 week cycle with the bonus on the fourth week of a full 30 minute Yoga Nidra. This rounds out the month of teaching very nicely!
Following many years of involvement in more physical and outward pursuits including several years involvement in Jin Wu Koon Kung Fu under Sifu Chan Cheuk Fai, many years road cycling and also several years with weight training I came to Yoga in my 40s. This occurred in a beautiful Yoga studio in the lower Blue Mountains under the guidance of Elizabeth Godleman (Atmachintan).
With Elizabeth's guidance I eventually found my way to the Mangrove Mountain Satyananda Ashram, returning on a yearly basis for long retreats. In 2014 I completed the 2 year Diploma of Satyananda Yoga Training (ID No. AO24523) and became qualified to teach Yoga in the Satyananda tradition which I have done since that time. Along with this qualification I am a member of two professional associations: the Satyananda Yoga Teachers' Association (Membership No. 520) and Yoga Australia (SYTA4362).
I return to the Ashram regularly, even as it rebuilds itself in the years following the revelations of the Royal Commission, to ensure that I remain focused and clear on my Yogic journey.
Continuing Professional Development...
Continuing professional development is vital for a Yoga teacher and below are the highlights of my further education since I qualified as a Yoga teacher:
- Jan 30 - Feb 1 2015: Connecting Pranayama with Mudra and Bandha with Swami Devamaya, Mangrove Mountain.
- Oct 23-25 2015: Ancient Wisdom: Tantra with Swami Satyadharma, Mangrove Mountain .
- May 13-22 2016: The Power of Awareness: 9 Day Meditation with Swami Anandakumar, Mangrove Mountain
- Oct 2016 onwards: Zero Gravity Yoga Classes with Clair Williams, Atmosphere Gym.
- May 19-28 2017: Meditation Intensive (9 Day Silent Retreat) with Swami Satyadharma, Mangrove Mountain (Upcoming)
So this is my Yogic journey, I hope that through my teaching we can share your journey with mine...
And in conclusion ...
I feel incredibly privileged to have the opportunity to teach these classes in the Nepean Hospital and it gives me great joy to be able to do this for absolutely no charge. If you have any enquiries feel free to use the email link at the base of this page for any questions about the Nepean Yoga classes or any questions about Satyananda Yoga in general. Hari Om Tat Sat!