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Stress-Buster Course for High School Students (aged 15+)

Are you feeling stressed about your school work? Do you panic before or during exams?

Do you often feel anxious or overwhelmed and find it hard to sleep or relax?

At Manly Yoga we specialise in mind-body techniques for stress reduction and we are offering our popular 5-week course for high-school students that helps them develop a calmer, more focused approach to their studies.

Our regular yoga/meditation teacher, Alana, was an HSC English teacher and Year Coordinator at Queenwood. She understands what anxious students are going through and the best techniques to develop calm resilience.


During this 5-week course students will experientially learn:

* a systematic relaxation practice (yoga nidra)

* breathing techniques to activate the relaxation response

* enjoyable techniques for developing calm focus

* to create a positive resolve

* how to recognise the symptoms of stress and manage it

* yoga postures for calming and energising the body


In addition, the course will equip students with techniques to cope with “crisis” moments, including  advice on developing a home practice and weekly emails with guided practices and further information.

With just 10 minutes of frequent practice at bedtime or on the bus, students can enjoy longer-term effects of these calming techniques, helping to regulate their nervous systems for greater peace and wellbeing during school and beyond.


NOTE for past students of this course: we will build on techniques learned in the previous course so you can further develop your practice.


Here’s what some past students say about the Stress-Buster Course:

“The course has been helpful with managing stress and feeling at peace with myself. I’ve like learning about my body and understanding what it feels and why. I’ve appreciated how accepting and understanding Alana is of everyone’s individual needs, limits and experience.”

- Nicy Bragg, Year 11 student


“The class is always amazing, calming and enjoyable.  I love having a place to de-stress as well as learn new breathing and yoga skills.”

- Georgie Gray, Year 11 student


“The course has been really helpful for managing stress and learning relaxation techniques. I have learnt a lot about yoga I never knew. I have really enjoyed the physical aspects - Salutes to the Sun in particular. But I have also loved the meditation as I have practised being fully relaxed.”

- Sienna Kavalec, Year 11 student


“This course has really helped me with accepting the fact that thoughts come and go naturally… I learnt to control my breathing and use yoga techniques to deal with stress and anxiety.”

- Teagan Drummond, Year 10 student


“The course has helped with stress and anxiety and the management and regulation of those feelings. I liked how we customised each class to what we needed on that day.”

- Lily O’Neill, Year 12 student


“I liked learning new techniques to get to sleep and meditation, and getting weekly handouts with all the poses. The course was so worth the money and time. I have loved it and Alana has been great.”

- Jesse Barnes, Year 10 student


Date: Thursday 17 August - Thursday 14 September

Time: 4:30 pm – 6 pm

Cost: $145 / $125 Early bird paid before 11 August





About the teacher:

Alana is a local property manager and yoga teacher. Besides yoga, she enjoys ballet, Xtend Barre, skiing, gardening, baking, and spoiling her beloved pooches!
Alana and her husband have a hobby farm in Jamberoo where they grow fruit and veg, milk their goats and keep bees!
Alana also volunteers as a vegetable gardening “guru” at Pioneer House and is a passionate zero-waste advocate, writing her own blog on plastic-free living.
Alana has been a regular at Manly Yoga since 2013.