Gabi Macra

Yoga Therapist

Heal Grow Thrive

What is Yoga Therapy?

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Yoga Therapy is a holistic, non-invasive, complimentary and collaborative therapy. It starts with an individualised assessment of, not only your injury, ailment or condition, but you as a whole human. A tailored practice is created that meets you where you are empowering you to move progressively and iteratively towards your goals and better health; physicalmentalemotional and spiritual.

Practices include combinations of movementbreath workmindfulnessmeditationsoundphilosophy and lifestyle recommendations. All chosen with you, working from your comfort zone and within your lifestyle needs.

Physical

Mental

Individualised assessment.
Individualised treatment.
Holistic approach.

Emotional

Spiritual

About Me

I am ...

A helper and a healer

An insatiable learner

A wholehearted believer of the biopsychosocial connection

A university athlete & university mathlete

A long time Actuarial corporate thriver & survivor

A humble MS warrior

A world explorer

After a decade and a half in the corporate corridors of the City of London and two decades of an evolving personal yoga practice through injury rehabilitation, chronic disease management and personal emotional and spiritual evolution I came to yoga therapy with an open heart and an open mind.

I am here for you.

To hold space, share my knowledge and guide you to heal, not merely to survive but to thrive and grow into all that you were meant to be.

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I am here for you to hold space, share my knowledge and guide you to heal, to thrive and to evolve into the best version of you

Services

1 to 1 Therapy

Self-empowering you to move towards better health through individualised therapeutic practices. 

Workshops

Group and corporate workshops focussed on therapeutic applications of yoga. Enquire directly for more information.

Group Sessions

Therapeutic yoga in community with others for an added boost of social connection. Currently running morning and evenings sessions on selected days.

What I Can Help With

All services currently available in-person and virtually.

Musculoskeletal

  • Back Pain & Discomfort
  • Neck & Shoulder Pain
  • Hips & Knees
  • Arthritis
  • Tightness & Stiffness
  • Injury Rehabilitation

Systemic Conditions

  • Respiratory : Asthma, COPD
  • Cardiovascular : Heart Disease, Atrial Fibrillation, High & Low Bloop Pressure
  • Digestive : Indigestion, Constipation, Diarrhea, IBS
  • Endocrine : Diabetes, Hypo/Hyperthyroidism, Hormonal Imbalances
  • Reproductive : Menopause, Fertility, Menstrual Cycle Irregularities
  • Immune & Lymphatic : Allergies, Autoimmune Conditions (MS, Type II Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, IBS) 
  • Nervous System : CP, Parkinson’s, Stroke

Mental Health

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • PTSD

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect in a Yoga Therapy Session?

Initial Assessment

The first time we meet we will discuss your needs, your current health and wellbeing and your short and long term goals.

Together we explore which yoga therapy tools and techniques are best suited to you and begin to develop a plan for your bespoke practice.

First Follow-Up Session

In your first follow-up we go through a practice specifically tailored and curated to you. We take our time and empower you to continue this practice at home.

Ongoing Sessions

I recommend 5 sessions to start, including your Initial Assessment and First Follow-Up.

With your tailored practice in place our ongoing sessions serve to fine-tune the practice as we begin to gauge how quickly we are progressing towards your short and long-term goals.

We may also find new goals and directions to explore as you get more comfortable with the tools of yoga.

How long and how frequent are sessions?

The Initial Assessment takes anywhere from 1 to 2 hours. We take our time discussing where you are now and where you want to go.

The first follow up is 90 minutes with ongoing sessions of either 30 or 60 minutes depending on your practice and needs.

Your First Follow Up is typically one week after your Initial Assessment with subsequent sessions anywhere from one to two weeks apart all the way to 1 month intervals or longer. Frequency really depends on your needs, goals, timelines and progression.

Other Common Questions

What style of yoga do you teach?

My Yoga Therapy training has been in the T.K.V. Krishnamacharya lineage, which is a very exploratory and person focussed approach. Krishnamacharya’s own teaching style changed throughout his life and in fact a large number of mainstream modern practices have been pioneered by his students, including the practices of Ashtanga and Iyengar Yoga.

I also use my training in Hatha, Restorative, Meditation and Yoga Nidra in my teaching and I love to explore how the body wants to move, relate and be with itself, others and the world around it. This exploration enters my teaching practice as each student truly is unique.

How does yoga therapy differ from studio yoga?

In general, group studio classes are best suited to yoga practitioners who do not have any health concerns. They are a great way to reap the general rewards of yoga; improved posture, flexibility, strength and enjoying the collective energy of the group.

Traditionally in the East yoga has been taught one-to-one and used therapeutically. Private therapy sessions focus on your goals and a bespoke practice curated for your current injuries or conditions.

What are the tools of yoga?

Yoga is so much more than a movement practice.

When we tap into the whole of yoga we find a complete practice with a wide range of tools.

Movement for the body. Breath work and sound to build, move and sooth our nervous and energetic systems. Mindfulness and meditation for the mind. Yoga therapy also draws on its sister science for lifestyle recommendations.

Movement

Mindfulness

Sound

Lifestyle

Breathwork

Meditation

Philosophy

Community

Yoga is a powerful healing PRACTICE

Practice is not

a quick fix, a gimmick or something anyone else can do for you

Practice is

what you do every day, how you live, who you are

Will I need to practice at home?

The short answer here is … Yes. But if you want some motivation read on.

Often what you work on in your practice targets habitual patterns, which are often unconscious. As such, the effectiveness of yoga therapy is dependent on your willingness to practice steadily and consistently.

However the practice we curate for you takes into account your lifestyle, motivation and triggers for your embedded habits. We work together to ensure your practice fits you and keeps you motivated.

And at the start of our partnership we both take a pledge to show up for each other.

Would you like to know more?

Where to Find Me

The Friar

Thursdays

In person & virtual appointments available

The Therapeutic Rooms

Fridays

In person & virtual appointments available

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