About

All it takes is willingness for life to be different – one step at a time towards learning how to maintain your health. In a world that is spinning and tilted it is easy to lose our balance towards health.

Yoga Ayurveda is a science, a philosophy of life, a code of conduct, an attitude and an approach, as well as an art of living.

A personalised Yoga Therapy Program can empower you with simple tools that can bring you back into a state of balanced health and vitality.

As a Yoga Ayurveda Therapist I have over 3 decades of experience and training in both Australia and India.

My health and vitality is supported by this proven tradition.

Yoga Ayurveda Therapy can help to improve your life when afflicted by the many dis-eases of modern society such as:- injury, chronic illness, addictions, ageing, fertility,  stress etc

You will be given your daily practice and recommendations in a digital format for ongoing reference.

Traditionally Yoga and Ayurveda are practised together on an individual basis  – your worth the best

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Zoe Campbell – Yoga Therapist

What does a Yoga Therapist do ?

A one-on-one Yoga Ayurveda Therapy consultation explores your life challenges. You will be taught and given a manageable everyday practice (with follow up monitoring, performance and tweaking) that addresses your daily rhythms, breathing, lifestyle, energy levels, peace of mind and sensory intake.

Some people are not suited to or can not attend a 1.5 hour group yoga class where all the students are doing the same exercise, and they could benefit with an individualised Yoga Therapy program designed to fit in with their lifestyle, strengths and limitations.

What I can help with

My training and experience in Yoga Ayurveda Teaching and Therapy has been ongoing in Australia and India (since 1985). This knowledge and experience has taught me to design  personalised yoga therapy programs for all ages based on a consultation, physical assessment, individual constitution, lifestyle, observation and research.

PTSD Trauma, compulsive behaviours & addictions, pain management, restless legs, pre & post surgery, injuries, chronic illnesses, fertility, ageing, osteoporosis, bladder & bowels, dry eyes, insomnia, sluggish digestion, bloating, dry skin, skin rashes & acne, mental fog, menopausal quirks, repetitive strain injuries, technology strain, sore back, shoulders, neck pain, pre and post operations plus more. There is nothing a simple Yoga Therapy program can not assist with – Zoe Campbell

Contact

I have extensive experience in the computer industry in ergonomics, technology addiction as well as working with special needs areas and corporate clients.

Call Zoe today for more information on how a Yoga Ayurveda Therapy program can help you.

0407 956 071

Bondiyogatherapy@gmail.com

Zoe Campbell – Yoga Ayurveda Therapist

My Yoga Ayurveda journey

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Zoe in 2001 with a traditional Yoga (one-on-one) master in Varanasi, India

Initially I was attracted to a Yoga practice in 1985 from the physical sensations. I could feel the exercise combined with the breathing cleaning out my blood stream and any blockages in my joints. I found it was the best thing for a hang over (in my misspent youth). Then I discovered the calming effects Yoga had on my mind and began to understand the spiritual gifts of self knowledge and balancing out any habitual behaviours. I soon came to understand what feeling in a balanced healthy state as opposed to an unbalanced state was.

At the time I was working in the city in a high powered information technology recruitment organisation at a desk, with no fresh air. This type of work takes its toll on the body and mind. Across the road in Pitt Street, Sydney CBD was the Vivant BKS Iyengar Yoga studio.  It was at this peaceful studio in my lunch break that I learnt about precision, and calming my mind. I also learnt about the digestive system and meditation. I remember Janet saying to me “the answer is in the breath” – at the time I did not know what she meant, but now I do.

From my father who I adored and followed around as a child – he modelled  healthy living and nutrition – I saw that as a sign of intelligence. My mother used to say without health you have nothing I rember a childhood logo I would see on the way as the train whisked by that stated “what you eat today, walks and talks tomorrow.”

Yoga and Ayurveda – The Science of Life are traditionally practiced together. What is the point of doing a Yoga practice yet not respecting my dosha ( bodies needs ). Ayurveda was incorporated into my healthy living regime. I needed to be energy, health and vitality to do all those things in life,  I have always wanted to do.

I now understand  the strengths & weaknesses of my dosha (body constitution) which is Vata/Pita and how to recognise any symptoms of balance and imbalance. The seasons, travelling, diet, lifestyle, daily rhythms, ageing, lack of routine, cold foods, climate changes, stimulants etc. can all affect the body and minds balance.

I consider myself an expert at treating Vata type derangement  – through Yoga and Ayurveda and they have became my life pathway and these proved traditions have taught me how to maintain good health. This ancient traditional knowledge is invaluable and has been passed down from over 5,000 years ago.

My training in Yoga Ayurveda:-

1985 – 1990 Iyengar Yoga student, Australia

1990 – 1992 Teacher training in Hatha Yoga, the Vedas and Buddhist Meditation.

2004 –  2005 Yoga & Ayurveda Therapy, level I, Australia

2005  – Yoga & Ayurveda Therapy, level II, India

2006 – Ayurveda Home remedies, India

2011 – Ayurveda Refresher, India

2016 – Yoga Therapy, Australia

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Yoga

About Yoga

By practicing Yoga you can enhance your physical well-being, mental peace, harmony, moral elevation and become spiritually uplifted.

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Some students who first come to yoga may feel disconnected from their body and sense a lack of coordination and flexibility. It can be difficult to follow instruction in a group class or perhaps the exercises are not suited for your body. With a Yoga Ayurveda Therapy program designed specifically for the individual needs and one-on-one coaching,  in time the bridge between the mind and body is connected.

Yoga is a personal journey of the body and mind that requires detail, and patience. By witnessing, surrendering and encouraging the body-mind begins to open.

Using the breath as the tool students begin to release and let go of muscular tension that has acted as a protective armour for all of their lives.  With a softening of the body armour they automatically access the clarity of their hearts and daily interaction with the world becomes healthier and more enriched.

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As students regularly practice their Yoga Ayurveda Therapy program in the comforts of their home, at their own pace, they soon realise the benefits of having the tools to balance their health and wellbeing.

 

 

 

Ayurveda

About Ayurveda

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Diet affects health and well-being

According to the most ancient and venerated textbook of Ayurveda the Charaka Samhita, “the distinction between health and disease arises as the result of the difference between wholesome and unwholesome diet….. Disease is the result of faulty nutrition.”

Along similar lines, perhaps, Western medical opinion is slowly shifting and beginning to recognise diet as a risk factor in many diseases. Diet can be used to optimise health and well-being in the positive sense.

Ayurveda makes no distinction between food and medicine – they are considered one category, not two. The foods taste is not mere decoration, but have nutritional meaning.

Individual Differences

Different people respond differently to the same foods, and conversely different foods suit different people. For instance an egg can be good for one person and a searing time bomb to another; Western nutrition has not yet paid much attention. Everyone it tends to say should take only x grams of fat or at least y grams of protein (with few medical exceptions) by contrast Ayurveda systematically analyses why the food that benefits one person can harm another.

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Western Medicine

As important as what one eats is how one digests it. A patient complaining that his digestion is sluggish or weak would not be a candidate for Western treatment; medical training prepares us only to treat fully formed diseases such as cancer, ulcers or colitis. Yet Ayurveda holds that sluggish or weak digestion is a significant pathogenic factor, and that an optimal diet would be not only useless, but even harmful, if it were not properly digested.

Digestion

Ayurveda recommends a purifying diet as toxins have accumulated in the digestive tract due to lifestyle and eating habits.

To understand how this can help is to think of the digestion as a furnace. Throwing too much fuel on the fire snuffs it out. This is what happens when one eats foods that are too heavy, eats foods at the wrong time, or eats before one has completely digested previous meal. The digestion gets overwhelmed and instead of getting processed correctly the food putrefies and creates impurities that collect in the body, weigh it down and cause disease.

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Agni – Toxins

When the Agni (digestive fire) is burning strongly, the digestive fire not only digests food completely, preventing ama from being formed but it is said to burn off the toxins that have already accumulated.  It is important to note that, when not weighed down by too much food or the wrong kinds of food, the body removes ama with its own self-cleaning mechanisms. It naturally eliminates impurities through the bowels, bladder and skin. It even has mechanisms to dissolve clots in the legs or plaque in the arteries. Research has shown that blockages in the arteries can be removed through a program of meditation, diet, exercise and healthier lifestyle.

Daily Oil Massage – Abhyanga

A daily oil massage has profound health benefits. It promotes softness and lustre of the skin, lubricates the muscles, tissues and joints and increases their flexibility. Moreover stimulating the tissues in the body it is said to help keep impurities from accumulating in the system; further making one strong and least affected by old age and more able to handle strenuous work and accidental injuries.

Modern medicine is beginning to recognise that the skin is not just a barrier but is also a major immunologic and hormonal organ.

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Sesame Oil the Boone to Humanity

Preliminary research on sesame oil is emerging. Those who practise it daily have significantly less bacterial infection on their skin. This may have to do with the major component of sesame oil, linoleic acid, which makes up 40% of the oil. Linoleic acid is known to inhibit the growth of certain bacterium especially pathogenic bacteria. Linoleic acid also is a power anti inflammatory agent; some researchers have compared its potency to indomethacin (non steroidal anti inflammatory drug commonly used to reduce fever, pain, stiffness and swelling).

 Abhyanga massage helps with joint problems. Finally, linoleic acid appears to be anticarcinogen, sesame oil has been shown to inhibit vitro malignant melanoma and human colon adenocarcinoma cell line growth (cancer of an epithelium that originates in glandular tissue. Epithelial tissue includes, but is not limited to, the surface layer of skin, glands and a variety of other tissue that lines the cavities and organs of the body).

Further sesame oil contains antioxidants and heating the oil – which is traditional in Ayurveda – has been shown to increase the antioxidants potency. It is strongly recommended because it offsets the drying effect of Vata to the body and everyone can benefit from this daily routine.

Hippocrates said: “Leave your drugs in the pot at the pharmacy if you can’t cure your patient with food”

 

Yoga Ayurveda together are complete

Yoga and Ayurveda together are India’s traditional, natural system of health and medicine, and have been practiced for more than 5,000 years. Traditionally Yoga – the Union between the mind and the body with Ayurveda  – the science of life are practiced together one-on-one with a practitioner who knows your strengths and weaknesses. 

Yoga is a science, a philosophy of life, a code of conduct, an attitude and an approach, as well as an art of living.

By practicing Yoga we can enhance our physical well-being, mental peace, harmony, moral elevation and become spiritually uplifted.

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Ayurveda views each and every person as unique, with a unique mind-body constitution and a unique set of life circumstances.

Ayurveda states disease comes in six stages and Yoga provides the bridge to listen to our bodies messages. Ayurveda holds that specific disease conditions are symptoms of an underlying imbalance. It does not neglect relief of these symptoms, but its main focus is on the big picture: to restore balance and to help you create such a healthy lifestyle that the imbalance won’t occur again. Consideration for the individuals dosha (body type),  assists to determine the natural healing approaches and recommendations for daily living. This is in alignment with modern science which views individuals as unique in the universe, with a unique DNA.

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Ayurveda provides insights into how to live your life in harmony with nature and her rhythms.

Using food as medicine – doesn’t it make sense?

What you put into your body has a direct effect on its running, just like a car?

Food can affect your emotions, your stamina and your behavior.

In Yoga Ayurveda we can learn about what to eat as certain foods are beneficial for our digestive systems and others detrimental,  managing our daily routine and techniques for stress management with Yoga asanas for increased fitness and alertness.

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The most important lesson Ayurveda has to teach us, is that our health is up to us.

Every day of our lives, every hour of every day, we can, and do, choose either health or illness. When we choose wisely, nature rewards us with health and happiness. When we persistently choose unwisely, nature, in her wisdom, eventually sets us straight: She makes us sick and gives us a chance to rest and rethink our choices.