The Australian Association of Yoga in Daily Life is a volunteer based, non-profit organisation with branches in most major cities of Australia. The Association is committed to improving the quality of life of the community through health education and promotion.
Since 2001, the Association's volunteers have been successfully providing free Yoga for Special Needs to over 20 community based organizations, including: Balmain High Support Unit - for cerebral palsy and spina bifida children, Killara Nursing Home, Palliative Care Greenwich Hospital, Sydney Children's Hospital (cancer patients), Parents of Disabled Children in Dee Why, Sunshine Homes, Vietnam Veterans and ENCORE (post breast cancer program).
The volunteer 'Special Needs' yoga instructor, undertakes specific training (additional to the 2 year course) in how to communicate and tailor the Yoga techniques to a specific group. This training includes instruction from experienced Yoga instructors as well as participation in yoga or non-yoga related activities involving the special needs group. For example, a Yoga class for children with disabilities that has been established for two years now, doubles as a training platform for other instructors wishing to take this service into the community. The Association is also funding training for instructors to complete a 6 month program at the Royal North Shore Hospital in dealing with the dying.
The Association is also known for its Free Yoga in the Park events which introduce thousands of Australians to the health benefits of Yoga each year. Click on the link above for more information on Free Yoga in the Park.
Scroll down to see the many different groups that are practising Yoga in Daily Life.
|Workplace- Medical authorities worldwide recognise stress as one of the largest contributors to the decline of an organisation's human resources. Yoga and meditation helps people to improve their concentration, increase energy levels, gain clarity, develop a sense of calm and become a greater asset to others in the workplace. Contact us if you would like Yoga to come to your workplace.|
|Yoga Therapy - Qualified Yoga in Daily Life teachers offer private yoga lessons and yoga therapy. Providing practical and effective support for many health conditions such as asthma and chronic back pain, a private yoga session can be helpful in developing a personal practice at home.|
|Prenatal Yoga - Throughout Australia, Yoga in Daily Life offers classes for pregnant women. Practising yoga during pregnancy has been shown to improve the health of the mother and child, and prepare them physically, mentally and emotionally for birth and motherhood.|
|Kids Yoga - Yoga has great benefits for growing children...and it's fun too! At kid's yoga classes, children learn to stretch, breathe deeply, relax and concentrate. Yoga develops correct posture, body awareness and self-confidence and helps children to become more calm.|
Yoga for Infants - Yoga is a great way for parents and babies to bond while practising gentle exercises. Yoga makes babies happy and relaxed - which is a great way to start life!
"(Yoga) has a rebound effect because when I am relaxed, so are the children. It is like they can sense it." - yoga student
|Stress Management - Yoga in Daily Life runs Stress Management worksops for businesses and community groups. These workshops empower partcipants with techniques to reduce stress and skills to maintain mental calm in their daily lives. A tension-free body and calm, concentrated mind are the results of learning how to relax.|
|Health Workshops - Throughout Australia Yoga in Daily Life holds health workshops and seminars in the areas of nutrition and healthy lifestyle. Run by qualified naturopaths and yoga teachers, topics include: liver cleansing, how to go vegetarian, yoga for back care, yoga for digestion, and many others.|
|Elderly - Aged Australians benefit immensely from practising Yoga - it improves self-esteem, posture and balance, activates digestion, and reduces the risk of injury. Yoga in Daily Life® conducts classes and workshops for seniors in the community. For over five years YIDL has been actively involved in the GOLD! program, which aims to improve the quality of life of older adults by enhancing new skills and creating a positive self image.|
|Physical Disability - Since 2000 Yoga in Daily Life has been teaching yoga to children with a physical disability. Yoga helps these kids to Learning deep breathing, relaxation and visualisation has been incredibly beneficial for these children - it has helped them to release a lot of physical and mental tension and boost their confidence and self-esteem.|
|Intellectual Disability - People with intellectual disabilities benefit from yoga just as much as the rest of us. Many of these people suffer from physical tension and greatly enjoy learning to relax, stretch and breathe deeply. Teaching these classes is rewarding and is just as much a learning experience for the teachers as the students.|
|War Vetrans - For many years after war, veterans may experience symptoms of post traumtic stress disorder, such as flashbacks, a heightened state of physiological arousal, insomnia, or feelings of isolation. In Australia Yoga in Daily Life provides yoga classes and stress management workshops for people suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.|
|Terminal Illness - Since 2001 Yoga in Daily Life has been bringing the benefits of relaxation, meditation and yoga to people living with a terminal illness. The teachers provide guided relaxation or meditation, simple stretches if appropriate, and are there to listen, talk and offer support. In Sydney, the Association is also funding training for instructors to complete a 6 month program at the Royal North Shore Hospital in dealing with the dying.|
|Prison Inmates - Since 2003 Yoga in Daily Life instructors have been teaching classes in Australian correctional centres in Queensland and NSW. Yoga is well received and is already part of many of the inmates' daily lives.|