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Disability Support with Yoga, Mindfulness and Meditation 

Nicole Dooley in child pose of a wooden deck
I love NDIS

Through Yoga, Meditation, and Mindfulness I can help your tween/teen meet their NDIS support goals

How can meditation or yoga help your tween/teen with disabilities? 

  • Movement of yoga creates confidence in oneself which helps with social interactions

  • Yoga improves flexibility and strength thus increasing range of motion and quality of life. 

  • Yoga, mindfulness, and meditation have the ability to change how your teen emotionally reacts to situations.

  • Mindful meditation can help ease stresses like anxiety, depression, and pain

  • Breathing helps one’s consciousness to be more focused

  • Yoga, mindfulness, and meditation help to calm the nervous system and improve social interactions.

  • Regular yoga or meditation practice may reduce levels of stress and body-wide inflammation. 

  • Yoga, mindfulness, and meditation can improve self-awareness, self-regulation and impulse control

  • Yoga can mean more energy and brighter moods.

  • Yoga promotes better self-care.

  • Mediation can help counter the effects of anxiety allowing your teen to have more meaningful connections with others.

 

​I can work with your NDIS plan so your teen can reach their NDIS goals of access to the community, emotional regulation, and emotional resilience. 

I have a blue card (Working with Children) clearance card issued by the Queensland Government. 

In Person

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Nicole is a truly inspiring Teacher who always teaches from the heart. Her depth of knowledge in yoga is impressive. She was able to convey better focus, calmness and social skills in my daughter with disabilities, through yoga, mindfulness and meditation in an easy to understand manner, with warmth, humour and genuine compassion. We have been seeing nothing but improvement from her weekly classes with Miss Nicole and will forever be grateful. I highly recommend her.

Sabrina L.

My daughter looks forward to this class every week. Miss Nicole is kind and thoughtful and my daughter says this class is the best part of her week. It helps her relax and feel good about herself. Highly recommend this class and teacher!

Lisa B.

My son loves this class each week! This class is very relaxing and helps him relieve some of his stress. It has even helped him with his headaches. Nicole is great, she is nice and takes her time to explain each pose to the members of her class! 

Amanda H.

Online Classes Option

Online live classes via Zoom.  Your tween or teen can join from anywhere. A great option for your teen or tween so they can practice from the privacy of your own home. I have been teaching online since 2020 and all through the pandemic. I help teens and tweens with disabilities reach their NDIS goals.

Billing is available from core or capacity-building NDIS funds.

Benefits

  • Online means your teen/tween doesn't need to worry about a new environment.

  • Interaction with others on their terms. 

  • I always incorporate an intention/affirmation to use our mind for positive change

  • Short classes so they can devote a short time regularly.

  • Regular classes build a routine and enjoyment for the time to reach their goals.

  • Easy to connect from anywhere that has an internet connection.

  • Mixed class of teens to allow for social interactions. 

  • Private 1:1 classes available

 

Contact me - 0475050870

Nicole Dooley in a meditation with white pants and purple top
I love NDIS
Online
Nicole Dooley in a white shirt and yoga pants smiling to camera

In Person Option

In-person can be either at your home for a private lesson or community-based group classes. 

Please contact me for your preference and requirements. Your teen is always welcome at my yoga in the park classes which are open to ages 10-99. It is a great opportunity for parents or carers to participate too!

Contact me - 0475050870

Welcome to join with parent/carer for yoga in the park.

In person
  • Live Online Class

    Empower teens with mindful yoga to meet NDIS goals of emotional regula...


    36 Australian dollars
  • Live Online Class

    NDIS-aligned meditation class for teens to improve emotional resilienc...


    36 Australian dollars

Studies and Research

"All exercise can boost your mood by lowering levels of stress hormones, increasing the production of feel-good chemicals known as endorphins, and bringing more oxygenated blood to your brain. But yoga may have additional ben­efits. It can affect mood by elevating levels of a brain chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which is associated with better mood and decreased anxiety."

Yoga for better mental health https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/yoga-for-better-mental-health

"There are many studies to support the use of intentions for a positive life such as  "Author Lynne McTaggart uses cutting-edge research conducted at Princeton, MIT, Stanford, and other universities and laboratories to reveal that intent is capable of profoundly affecting all aspects of our lives." https://hbr.org/2013/02/the-power-of-intent

"There are countless studies about the effect of meditation and mindfulness and "Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD sifted through nearly 19,000 meditation studies, they found 47 trials that addressed those issues and met their criteria for well-designed studies. Their findings, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that mindful meditation can help ease psychological stresses like anxiety, depression, and pain. Dr. Elizabeth Hoge, a psychiatrist at the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, says that mindfulness meditation makes perfect sense for treating anxiety. “People with anxiety have a problem dealing with distracting thoughts that have too much power,” she explains. “They can’t distinguish between a problem-solving thought and a nagging worry that has no benefit.”"

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/mindfulness-meditation-may-ease-anxiety-mental-stress-201401086967

 

"The available literature, more than a decade old, on the impact of yoga in children has shown that this mind–body practice has demonstrated positive effects in the control of anger, depression, stress, body dissatisfaction, and anxiety as well as improving positive emotion."  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2095496417300171

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