Next Lower Hutt Meeting: Tuesday 11 May, Russell Keown House, Lower Hutt : 1:00pm – 2:30pm

At our next Lower Hutt Support Group meeting, Birgitt Hoen will be taking a class in Yoga Nidra as part of our May International ME/CFS Awareness Week, 9-16 May.Birgitt is an experienced instructor and runs a weekly class for people with ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions. Some of our members attend these classes and find them helpful.

Yoga Nidra is a deep form of relaxation. The practitioner moves into a state between awake and sleeping (Alpha state) allowing the body to heal and regenerate. Yoga Nidra is usually practiced lying on the back, but if the position is not comfortable you can also sit on a chair. Birgitt will start the class with breath awareness, followed by gentle stretches and Yoga poses synchronized with the breath. Every movement will be modified to the comfort level of the practitioner. The postures prepare the body to stay comfortable during Yoga Nidra.

There will be 10-15 minutes, at the end of the session, for questions.

Tea/Coffee/Herbal teas and light gluten free refreshments will be available.  A reminder that meetings are ‘fragrance free’ and that you may come and go according to your needs.

The venue is one block south of the Queensgate bus stop. Queensgate is the end of the line for The Flyer, the airport bus.  Across the road are the Civic Gardens & the Hutt City Council buildings which are currently under demolition.  On the opposite corner is a Rebel Sports & Briscoe’s store.

There is all day off-street parking to the left of council building, opposite the Dowse Museum. Cost is $1 per hour. Parking on the street is $1.50 – $2 per hour for a maximum of 2hours. There is also a car parking building on Queens Drive.

I hope you are well enough to come, it would be lovely to see more people attending.

Yoga Nidra for May International ME/CFS Awareness Week: 9-16 May

In conjunction with WellMe, Birgitt Hoen has kindly offered to instruct Yoga classes for people with ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia and associated conditions; as part of International ME/CFS Awareness week.

Birgitt runs a weekly class for people with chronic pain conditions. Yoga Nidra is a deep form of relaxation. The practitioner moves into a state between awake and sleeping (Alpha state) allowing the body to heal and regenerate. Many people with ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia find this practice to be very beneficial. Yoga Nidra is usually practiced lying on the back, but if the position is not comfortable you can also sit on a chair. Birgitt will start the class with breathing awareness, followed by gentle stretches and Yoga poses synchronized with the breath. Every movement will be modified to the comfort level of the practitioner. The postures prepare the body to stay comfortable during Yoga Nidra. There will be 10-15 minutes, at the end of the session, for questions.

The class is open to everyone. It is free for members of WellMe. For non-members, a donation is appreciated. All proceeds will go to WellMe in support of their fundraising efforts during International ME/CFS Awareness week.

Class dates and venues are as follows:

Monday 11th May: third floor, Yoga Studio 181, 181 Willis St, Te Aro ,Wellington Time: 11am – 12pm

Tuesday 12th May: Room One, Ground Floor, Russell Keown House, formerly Apex House (three story building on corner of Queens Drive and Laings Road) Lower Hutt. 1.15pm-2.15pm

Friday 15th May: Up stairs, the Woolshed/ Gear Homestead, 1 Okowai Rd, Porirua Time: 11am-12pm

What to bring: wear warm comfortable clothing & socks; bring a towel or mat to sit or lie on, and; a small cushion. Blankets will be provided for support and warmth. Please let Birgitt know if you are planning to attend any of the classes, so she can make sure there is enough space and blankets. Contact details: Birgitt at birgitt@ihug.co.nz or txt 021 1653913

WellMe’s next Wellington support group meeting is Tues, 7 July 12:30 – 2.00pm, Level 1, Anvil House,138-140 Wakefield Street, Wellington City.

Hullo everyone,
WellMe’s next support group meeting is Tues, 5 May 12:30 – 2.00pm, Level 1, Anvil House,138-140 Wakefield Street, Wellington City.
Please note the change of day for this and subsequent Wellington city meetings and the shorter meeting time of 1.5hrs.

There will be refreshments and light gluten-free snacks available at the beginning of the meeting or you are welcome to bring your own lunch. A reminder that meetings are ‘fragrance free’ and that you may come and go as required for your comfort.

Anvil House is accessible to all main bus routes and there are usually car parks directly across the road in the Michael Fowler Centre car park, $4hr for 2hr maximum. As the meeting has been reduced to 1.5 hours, this makes it easier to work within the parking time limit.

We have a volunteer driver in the Wellington area, so if you need transport to the meeting, please contact Catherine by replying to this email.

To borrow a cute turn of phrase from one of our members, we hope to see you there GWWPBA (God Willing, Weather Permitting and Body Allowing)

Next Johnsonville Support Group Meeting: Monday 1st June, Johnsonville Community Centre

Hello everyone,

We’re about to hit the fourth month already and with it, daylight saving finishes. I don’t know how it is for you, but for us it feels like time is racing by.

A reminder that WellMe’s next support group meeting is in Johnsonville on Tuesday April 7, due to our normal first Monday of the month being Easter Monday. The meeting is from 12:30pm-2:00pm at the Johnsonville Community Centre, 3 Frankmoore Ave, Johnsonville.

Come along and share your tips and coping mechanisms. Family and non-members are welcome to join in. The first hour of the meeting will be facilitated by Claire Laurenson our Community Support Coordinator. There will be opportunity afterwards to mingle, catch up with friends, or have a private chat with Claire.

Tea/Coffee/Herbal teas and light gluten free refreshments will be available at the beginning of the meeting but you are welcome to bring your own lunch. For non-members, a gold coin donation towards the refreshments would be appreciated.

A reminder that meetings are ‘fragrance free’ and for you to come and go as you need for your own comfort.