How we developed Yoga for Carers

How we developed Yoga for Carers


2.7 million Australians are unpaid carers
who dedicate their life to supporting a loved one with a disability or illness. We’re really lucky they do because it would
cost the health system more than $60 billion to replace them. But caring isn’t easy. Carers have a lower level of wellbeing, they’re more prone to anxiety and depression, and they have a 40% greater chance of having a chronic illness themself. So how do you care for someone when you’re own health is suffering? Thrive Support Group for Carers have been providing a really important network for carers since 2011. They noticed that while the carers did a great job looking after their loved ones they didn’t take the same approach for their own health. They asked us to help. I thought a yoga course would be beneficial for the members to help them relax and cope better through their day to day living We have experience designing health programs that use the benefits of yoga So based on extensive research and our unique design process we created a tailored Yoga for Carers program for Thrive. The pilot consisted of 8 sessions that each used gentle movement, theory and guided group discussion. Feel that there is help out there for them and different exercise classes, like the yoga is really good to get their inner strength back I found that the yoga made me feel more relaxed more at ease with myself. It also helped me feel needed in the sense that not only for myself but for the group I was able to share what they had to give. I also found that with the pain that I have in my lower back and in my right side with the controlling of my breath with the controlling of the movement that I’m able to do help ease that pain It also helped me grow as a person, and understand who I am. The outcomes of this pilot are really exciting. It shows a tailored yoga program can help carers be more focused, more relaxed and healthier. And that means they can be better carers.