Classes are for 90min & cost $20
Booking is essential. Ring or text.
Yoga Classes for Healthy Aging
I offer group Dru yoga classes at my studio here on the farm at Heartwood Horses near Bannockburn. The classes suit any fitness level and experience as I modify the yoga to enable every student to participate. This is a fun and friendly class where you can come to enjoy time out from everyday activities. Yoga is not just about fitness and exercise. It can be used to manage stress, and become calmer and happier in your life. If you have any health concerns you are welcome to contact me to see if a group class is suitable as I offer 1 on 1 sessions as well which is tailored just to your specific needs.
Kim will be available for coaching starting in 2019. It will be private coaching sessions that assist you to improve your wellbeing through Yoga Therapy, Positive Psychology and Wellness Coaching. Well-being Coaching is finding out what you need to be healthier, happier, more successful or find a new direction or purpose in your life. Kim will be able to help you develop some clear goals, problem solve any barriers and support you on your journey to a new life.
Sessions are for 60min and cost $60.
I am available most days and evening so I can fit in with your schedule. I am happy to chat on the phone to explain the process and the possible benefits and if I am the right fit for your concerns.
Heartwood Holistic Health also offers Yoga with Horses in private and group lessons. You don’t need to have any Yoga or Horse Riding experience to try any of these options. Any age, fitness level and health limitations are welcome. Horse riders are welcome to come and learn how to do something a bit different and special with your horse. Below is more information to help you decide which one is best suited to your needs at this present moment. There are 3 options:
Yoga with the Horse (non – riding)
Yoga on the Horse (riding)
Yoga with Horses for Healing.
These are gentle classes to help with the common issues of aging and are suitable for anyone. The classes are only small (max of 5) to allow the program to be developed for the participants in that class. We can help with issues such as back and neck pain, autoimmune disease, stress and anxiety, not sleeping well, lack of energy, depression, menopause and perimenopause. Anyone with a serious injury or illness will need to get approval from their medical professional to attend.
Yoga Therapy is the new direction of Yoga where we can develop a program tailor made for each person to suit their body, health, availability, goals and issues they would like to address. I am now a trained Yoga therapist and can help you in many areas of your life. In the hour long sessions we can discuss your issues and goals which we then use to find very simple yoga practices that suite you and your lifestyle. These issues can be either Physical, Mental or Emotional but usually are a combination. They will compliment other treatments are you are having or have had and I can work with your specialist to make sure they are happy with what we are doing. This program is for anyone at any stage of health and is totally developed around what you enjoy and will benefit the most from.
I am happy to answer any questions you have over the phone where I can explain the process and program. You will be asked to complete a health questionnaire before you attend the initial session to help with the program development.
Horses have a gentle, peaceful & mindful way of being. They are very emotionally intelligent and can support you on your journey to better health and well-being. They can support us both physically and emotionally, and have been used to help humans for many thousands of years but more recently in a formal way as therapists. Here at Heartwood Horses you can connect in with these beautiful animals, taking the yoga to a whole new level.
Costs and Times
Private session: 1hr $60 2hr $100
Available: Monday to Friday 8am to 3pm
Group session (Max of 4) Sat 10am to 12pm $80
Yoga with the Horse (non-riding)
This might start in the yoga studio and then we progress to outside in the undercover arena with the horse (or pony). The yoga is done on the ground with the assistance of the horse and will involve interacting with the horse to the level that suits. You will be able to connect in with these amazing sentient beings and their way of being which is grounded, centered, living in the present, and yet fully aware of their surrounding and the beings they are connected to. These horses are safe, well trained and enjoy interacting with people.
This will be done with a bareback pad or a vaulting roller so you have padding and something to grip to. You don’t need to be able to ride as this isn’t riding in the conventional sense. It is safe, fun and will help you find balance in every sense. Being on the horse helps to connect to the horse at a deeper level.
Yoga with Horses for Healing
This is more about focusing on a part of your health that needs attention and using the wonderful benefits of yoga the added bonus of the assistance of the horses to help you find better health and well-being. It doesn’t have to be specific but this is more about looking at an issue of issuing that are holding you back from your best self. Every situation will be assessed before the session so we know we have the safest and best program for your needs.
About the Trainer and Venue
Heartwood Horses is a private farm with a peaceful country setting and you will be the only student there at the time. Every lesson is tailored to suit your needs and abilities to make sure that it is safe, helpful, educational and enjoyable. There is an indoor yoga studio, a covered arena and even a horse’s playground.
Kim has helped many students over the years with physical limitations, fear issues, stress, anxiety, lack of self-confidence, recovering from injury and many other health issues.
Kim is an experienced horsewoman with years of riding experience and has been studying natural horsemanship for 15yrs. She only uses gentle methods with her horses, who are part of the family. Kim has been teaching horse riding to beginners for nearly 10 years and has been teaching yoga for almost as long. Currently she is training to be a Yoga Therapist
Trees develop a hard, dense spine-like wood that gives the tree a solid foundation around which to grow; this core is referred to as ‘heartwood’. The heartwood not only gives trees strength and longevity, but also the flexibility to be moulded by the elements.
The name Heartwood represents this idea of a solid foundation for horses but also riders. Once we have a solid core to work on, we can develop ourselves and our horses into what we want to become.
We have horses because we love them with all our heart, and they fill our hearts. We need to be strong and stable for them, so that we can have a safe and fun relationship and make all the time, money and effort worthwhile.
I have been studying Natural Horsemanship since having children and buying my first horse as an adult. I needed a way to overcome my fears and regain my confidence. This led me to have a deep and connecting relationship with my horses that I had never dreamed of.
I am now able to assist others with their journey into the wonderful world of horses – whether by being led on a pony ride, taking a lesson or developing a relationship with their horse.
This journey also led me to yoga to be a better horsewoman but it has helped me in many ways in every aspect of my life. It has helped me develop my physical, emotional and mental fitness and now I teach yoga so that I can share the wonderful joy and benefits of these ancient practices.
My new venture is to combine these two seemingly different yet surprisingly overlapping arts. If you are a horse person then the yoga will help to experience the world of horses at another level. If you are a yoga person then the influence of the horses will be a unique and powerful experience.