According to Ayurveda, the greatest source of illness is due to a loss of connection to nature and its rhythms. The practice of mindful yoga based movement (commonly referred to as yoga) is one method of reconnection with those existing rhythms. Alice endeavour’s to guide a practice that explores this concept, through a ‘person centred’ lense. This means that each participant is offered the space to mindfully observe and be guided by one’s own experience moment by moment.
From a place of intention and invitation, and contained in trauma sensitivity and mental health awareness, Alice aims to create an environment where participants feel safe enough to develop their practice in a way that is useful to their current, ever changing needs. Exploring uniqueness through choice, navigating internal worlds via embodied autonomy and developing tools for self regulation. Alice holds in high regard the intention of practicing in community, for community, recognising that this personal internal focus is an initial step towards becoming more intentional about how we live in the world, and valuing inclusion of all things, people and differences.
“To allow yourself your own experience is the greatest act of self love” John Welwood
Trauma Sensitive Yoga
Alice is certified through the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute to facilitate Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga sessions (TCTSY-F).
The TCTSY methodology utilises hatha yoga movements to cultivate an awareness of, and where possible, a ‘befriending’ of one’s body. Facilitation focuses less around the postures or movements themselves, and more on empowerment of the participant through choice, interoceptive awareness and the development of taking action based on what is felt within the experience of one’s own body. Central to the facilitation fo TCTSY is the deconstruction of power dynamics that are inherent in a yoga room. TCTSY- F’s are not experts, rather, facilitators share the experience with participants by practicing alongside them, by omitting any hands on adjustments, and moving beyond the idea that there is a ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to make a movement.
If you’re interested in a workshop/training for your yoga teaching staff about how to incorporate trauma sensitivity into your everyday teaching, please get in touch.
"No intervention that takes power away from the survivor can possibly foster her recovery. Even if it appears to be in her immediate best interest" Judith Herman
We face a multitude of auditory experiences on a daily basis. Sound Meditation provides the opportunity to connect with sound in a unique way as we set aside a time and space to explore our subjective perceptual response to a variety of auditory stimuli. We can move through a process of unfolding self-awareness with the vibrations of live Himilayan singing bowls.
This practice can provide an opportunity to step out of every day rhythms, thoughts and internal patterning and deeper into an exploration of compassionate presence. One may be actively exploring this internal space or utilising the effect as an opportunity for conscious, intentional rest.
Sound meditation can have a powerful effect on emotions, memories and subconscious information, and while presented in a container of invitation and safety, it is not classified as a trauma sensitive practice. Please take this into consideration if you chose to attend this session.
Alice has received certifications in healing and meditative sound from both Venerable Lobsang Lama Tendar and The Sound Healing Academy.
Mindfulness and Meditation
Holding and being held - both physically and metaphorically, form some of our most fundamental needs as humans.
What does it mean to feel held? How much time do you spend holding others and how much time do you spend being held yourself?
Have you ever considered your meditation practice to be a form of self-holding?
Mindfulness and meditation practices recognise challenge and suffering as a common human experience, something that links us all together, something that is an inevitable within one’s life. Part of this practice is to create a safe holding environment within ourselves for whatever it is that arises moment by moment. Not all things are easy to hold, and in some cases cannot be held alone. However, where it is possible to see it...maybe even to turn towards it, while rooted deeply in self-compassion, could it also be possible for our own self holding to meet those needs and provide our own vital nourishment?
This practice is profound in its potential for the individual, but also for the possibility of collective healing, strengthening and understanding. With the recognition that we don’t exist in isolation, Mindfulness and Meditation practices are relational, and incomplete with only our own experience. Our heartfelt practice is to encompass awareness of the experience of all beings.
State of Being
State of Being is a Melbourne based not for profit organisation supporting the emotional, physical and mental health of Melbourne communities through yoga and mindfulness.
State of Being provides community-based yoga, mindfulness and self-care programs. With training in trauma-informed theory, inclusive practice and mental health awareness, we work in partnership with local service providers as an adjunctive treatment. We design each program to suit each community, addressing both staff and client needs.
We have a clear vision of our offering. Our manifesto binds us to strengths-based, trauma-sensitive and inclusive programming. We are committed to our local community here in Melbourne, and to understanding the diverse needs of its people.