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By West Norwood Therapies Team, Oct 28 2019 11:43AM

Osteopath and yoga teacher Yinka, aka #theosteopathyogi shares her experience of the journey in bringing yoga to West Norwood Therapies - how far we have come!


I have been an Osteopath for 27 years and have taught yoga for 20 years, gaining my Diploma with the British Wheel of Yoga in 2000. The regulated BWYQ Certificate and Diploma qualifications require level 4 attainment and are therefore equivalent to an HNC/ first year of a foundation Degree and is a 500 hours qualification. This is the highest level of yoga teacher training currently available in the UK.


I began teaching yoga to primary school teachers in Brixton, and this slowly evolved to include anyone who wanted to come along to my class. In January 2015 I was forced to give up the teaching space that I had used, given the cost of renting suitable space I thought that I would have a lengthy break from teaching, but I was wrong. In October 2014 West Norwood Therapies (WNT) was founded and I began offering osteopathic care in Room 1. Room 1 is quite large, and Jennie and I thought perhaps if we moved furniture and screened off part of the room, we could use the space for a class. On the 1st of February we ran a trial class, it went well, and I decided to go for it. With the support of the fantastic Women of the WNT team Yoga with Yinka at WNT was born. The first classes started on Wednesday 25th of February 2015. I was determined to make it work, arriving early to shift furniture, and hoovering afterwards (in those days we had carpet). The classes went from strength to strength and as word got around; in November 2017 I was able to start a class on Friday morning and at the beginning of this year I began a Thursday morning class as well.


My teaching style is relaxed, informative and tailored to suit those who prefer a smaller group setting. I build gradually to the fuller expression of the postures, modifying as necessary or required. There is a community supportive feel to the classes and many of the original Wednesday morning yogis still attend. Because of my teaching style, and the room space I run the classes on a 6-week block booking that runs parallel to the school term so that those caring for school age children can attend without missing out. The feedback I have had over the years has given me the confidence to take Yoga with Yinka into the NHS and at the beginning of May this year I began teaching yoga at a GP surgery. There are referral criteria and GP’s refer those they feel could benefit to the classes. Since 2015 the WNT team quickly realised that movement-based classes work well and we now have Emma who teaches Vinyasa flow, antenatal and restorative yoga, Hannah who teaches Qi Gong and Tai Chi and more recently Jenny who teaches Feldenkrais. We are soon to be joined by Laura reflexologist and yoga teacher.


Coming soon will be Yoga with Yinka workshops for low back pain and in the meantime, wherever you do your yoga, enjoy your practice.

Yinka aka #theosteopathyogi




By West Norwood Therapies Team, Apr 8 2019 03:04PM

Osteopath and yoga teacher Yinka Fabusuyi shares some thougths about 'wellness' - what it is and how we can take simple, attainable steps towards achieving it.



In 1948 the World Health Organisation defined health as ‘not merely the absence of disease or infirmity but a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being’. This sounds great, aspirational and perhaps impossible.


One approach might be to make small affordable, realistic changes over a sustained period to optimise mental physical and social health. Wellness might be about cutting down, exercising, scaling up, downsizing, recycling, repurposing, cleansing, purging or whatever you think will help you stay as fit and healthy as you can within your means. Wellness can be about addressing changes to your diet or exercise routines which you have always meant to get around to but never seem to have the time. Make a small change right now rather than waiting for the “ideal time”. Get off the bus, start a class, ring a friend, bake that cake, start that hobby. As a yoga teacher I often hear people say things like “I would love to do yoga but I am not flexible enough”. I say, find the right class for you (this may take several attempts), start slowly and gently, keep going and you will get more flexible with the side benefit of learning relaxation techniques, getting stronger and you might even sleep better.


Schools are including wellness in the curriculum and we are beginning to teach children that mental as well as physical health is important for wellbeing. In an ideal world all the resources we need would be freely available, but sadly this is becoming less and less common. I was very saddened not to be able to continue working as an osteopath within the NHS due to funding cuts, but perhaps a regular commitment to exercising, getting more sleep, and planning more leisure time to name a few examples could make a big difference to how well you feel, and decrease the chances of needing medical or other therapeutic intervention. If you do need some input I can help signpost what you could do to get back on track.


Start now, keep going and good luck. Yinka.



By West Norwood Therapies Team, Jun 27 2018 08:00AM

Osteopath and yoga teacher Yinka Fabusuyi considers some self-care steps you can take to support yourself during this hayfever season.


Finally Summer is in full swing. Unfortunately this is not good news for everyone, hay fever sufferers are entering a tricky time of year, and South London air is certainly not fresh.


Symptoms can be miserable. Wheezing, stinging runny eyes, congestion of the nose and chest, and itchy throat and lots of sneezing.


The breathing challenges which can be associated with hay fever and asthma can contribute to tightness in the chest, and associated constriction in the neck and shoulders. The muscles around the upper ribs and collar bone can get stiff and achy as they assist in breathing mechanics.


Breathing exercises and postural advice

There is poor evidence to suggest that poor posture causes serious problems, but poor posture will not help pre-existing pain and stiffness. If you are feeling wheezy and tight in these areas focusing your breath in the abdominal area can help. To do this: Pull your shoulder blades back and drop your shoulders. Lift your chest slightly but do not puff it out or arch the lower back. Breathe in as you gently push your abdomen out. As you do this try to keep the area below your collar bones fairly still.


Breathe out and draw your abdomen towards your spine gently, Feel the air being gently expelled. Whenever possible breath through the nose. (Not always easy if you are suffer-ing with hay fever). Without straining or forcing the breath, try to breathe out as fully as you can before you begin to take your next breath in. This can help to relax the muscles of the upper chest. Tension in the upper part of the neck and back of the head can lead to headaches. Avoid jutting your head forward when sitting at your computer or laptop, and keep your shoulders down.


Seasonal bedding and mattress advice

Now is a great time for a good old spring clean and clear out. Lifting your mattress and vacuuming the bed base and mattress can help get rid of some allergens such as dust mites which may trigger asthma. (Get help with this as you do not want to strain your back). Turning your mattress can help preserve the life of your mattress, as well as stop wear in one spot. A mattress topper, and pillowcase protectors can also help minimise dust mites, as they can be washed regularly at high temperatures, along with any bedding.


Help with hay fever

There are several ways to manage hay fever and seasonal asthma and whether you choose to use natural or medical remedies, start early. Don’t wait until your symptoms have escalated.

1. During the hay fever season wash or rinse your hair before going to bed. This helps to get rid of any pollen and stops it being rubbed onto your pillow and causing further irrita-tion.

2. Line your nostrils with a thin layer of petroleum jelly on days when the pollen count is high.

3.If you have a smart phone download a pollen App.

4. Try not to dry your clothes outdoors on days when the pollen count is high.

5.Wear wrap around sun glasses.

6.Ask your pharmacist for advice about remedies and medications for hay fever.




By West Norwood Therapies Team, May 23 2018 08:00AM

Osteopath and Yoga teacher Yinka Fabusuyi considers foot support, how choosing footwear can influence posture and pain and whether it's worth using insoles or not...


This summer we are all hoping to get into our Summer footwear and enjoy whatever the elements bring us. A pedicure is lovely especially if your feet have not have seen the light of day for sometime. Quite apart from cosmetic appearance comfortable well supported feet can make all the difference to posture and pain.


Standing on your own two feet is a complex matter. The foot is composed of more than 25 individual bones. The shape and in-tegrity of the foot is created by the shape of the bones, the

ligaments and the muscles of the calf and shin. The arches of the feet are important for spreading load equally through the foot and transferring forces up to the pelvis and lower back.


Poor footwear can create pain and discomfort in the muscles and joints of the foot, ankle and legs which may aggravate arthritis of the hips, knees, ankles and toes and contribute to lower back pain. Footwear that is fit for purpose may help to reduce strain and pressure on these areas. Osteopaths are excellent at taking a history, examination and treatment that can draw these issues out, give treatment and advice.


There are plenty of really stylish shoes around that offer support and cushioning. Shop around and try shoes on, think about how much walking or standing you do throughout the day. There is good evidence to support the use of insoles or orthotics for arthritis of the hip and lower limb and sports related mechanical foot, knee and ankle problems such as knee tendon inflammation. However there is poor evidence for the role of insoles and orthotics for back pain, and the recent NICE guidelines do not recommend them. https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/conditions-and-diseases/musculoskeletal-conditions/low-back-pain#guidelines


If you need to wear an insole, don’t try to wear it all day when you first get it. Wear it for a short period at first and gradually build up to longer periods. gradually build up to longer periods.


Ageing, hereditary factors and disease processes such as diabetes * can lead to more specific conditions such as bunions, arthritis, fallen arches, planter fasciitis, loss of sensa-tion in the feet, and ulcers or sores of the legs and feet.


Joint related and soft tissue problems may be helped with osteopathic treatment, in addi-tion there may also be occasion to seek advice from a podiatrist, chiropodist, your local pharmacist or your GP.

 For more information go to: www.diabetes.org.uk/putting-feet-first

Have a great Summer

Yinka Fabusuyi





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