Insomnia is difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, even when given the chance to do so. People with insomnia can feel dissatisfied with their sleep and usually experience one or more of the following symptoms: difficulty falling asleep, waking up often during the night and having trouble going back to sleep, waking up early in the morning or feeling tired upon waking. Individuals with insomnia may also experience fatigue, low energy, difficulties with concentration and memory, irritability and mood disturbances, and decreased performance at work or school.
Insomnia is characterized based on its duration and can be acute or chronic. Acute insomnia is brief and often happens because of life circumstances (for example, difficulty sleeping the night before a job interview or exam, or after receiving stressful or bad news). Whereas chronic insomnia is more prolonged and is characterized by disrupted sleep that occurs at least three nights per week and lasts at least three months. A prolonged experience of chronic insomnia can lead to cravings, mood disorders, memory problems, premature ageing and depleted adrenal glands.
According to the science of Ayurveda, insomnia is due to an aggravated Vata dosha. Vata is responsible for movement, activity, and thinking process and may be aggravated due to a number of lifestyle, dietary or emotional factors such as a significant life change or loss. It is light, fast, and airy by its nature. When Vata dosha is balanced, we feel creative, grounded, inspired, and energized. However, when Vata is aggravated we feel anxious, frazzled, ungrounded, fatigued, and unable to stop a constant flow of thoughts. This hyperactivity in our bodies and mind often means we have trouble attaining crucial restorative sleep.
I work with clients to improve sleep on both a psychological and physical level. Working firstly through any underlying emotional issues and providing sleep hygiene tips and techniques. Followed by a more physiological approach, where we use a variety of yoga, pranayama breathing and progressive relaxation techniques and to bring vata back into balance. This in term, creates conditions inductive of a more deeply restful and restorative sleep.
Note: External Ayurvedic medical advice and treatment by a certified Ayurveda practitioner is highly recommended for individuals with High Blood Pressure to provide crucial dietary, lifestyle, herbal and detoxification assistance.
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My aim is to improve the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of the individual using a holistic, mind-body model of wellness. I take a philosophical, person-centred approach as I work together with the client to uncover the underlying issue at hand. By identifying the root cause of an issue, I believe we can more readily achieve transformative, lasting wellbeing. Based on the premise that every individual is complex and unique; treatment is tailored and personalised to suit the particular physical, mental, emotional and social needs of each individual.
After completing my Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) at Queensland University of Technology, I travelled to India where I completed my yoga teacher training course. Since then, I have lived between Brisbane, Byron Bay and Melbourne, working both nationally and internationally to integrate my passions in yoga and psychology.
By layering and melding ancient Eastern Yoga philosophy with more contemporary Western models of psychology, the profound principles buried in each of them become clearer and stronger, and an intensity of effectiveness becomes possible. Using a synergistic blend of techniques from both East and West, I believe deeply transformative, whole-self healing is possible.