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 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.

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

Next Wellington Support Group Meeting: Tues 5 May, Level 1, Anvil House, 138-140 Wakefield St

Hello everyone,

A reminder that WellMe’s next support group meeting is in Wellington on Tuesday May 5. The meeting is from 12:30pm-2:00pm at Anvil House, 138-140 Wakefield St, Wellington Central (opposite the Michael Fowler Centre car park).

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 that you may come and go as you need to, for your own comfort.

Next Lower Hutt Meeting: Tuesday 14 April

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.

Next Johnsonville Support Group Meeting: Tues 7 April, 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.

Next Kapiti Support Group Meeting, Wednesday 15 April, Waimea Cafe, Waikanae: 11.00 – 12:30pm.

WellMe’s next Kapiti Support Group meeting is Tuesday 18 March: 11:00 – 12.30pm, upstairs at the Waimea Cafe, 1 Waimea Rd, Waikanae Beach

Come along and share your tips and coping mechanisms. Family and non-members are welcome to join in. The first hour will be a facilitated discussion lead by Claire, our Community Support Coordinator. The final half hour is time for social mingling, or having a private chat with Claire if you wish.

The friendly staff are familiar with our group meetings and the needs of our members. Please purchase your beaverages when entering the cafe. The staff will deliver to our table. There is no pressure to do so, but if you wish to purchase lunch, please order from the front counter and staff will deliver food at approximately 12:00pm.

We hope to see you all there.