I am currently teaching occasional restorative and slow flow yoga classes at YogaLife and Nuffield Health, and am still offering 1:1 or small group yoga classes on a private basis. Please contact me for more details.
Please see this link for an article I wrote recently about mindfulness for OmYoga magazine.
Yoga is an ancient practice, originally relating to the word 'union' or 'yoke'. When yoga is taught in a conscious, mindful manner, it allows us to fully focus on what is happening in the body at that moment, to be fully present, and this training gradually allows the mind to settle and the body to open and strengthen. Practicing meeting our physical experience without judgment allows us to be more fully aware of our wholeness, to be more accepting of ourselves, and to find ways of accessing a sense of calm and stillness that can transform our lives off the mat as well as on it. And you certainly don't need to be able to touch your toes to do yoga - saying that you are not flexible enough for yoga is like saying you are too dirty to take a bath!
I have practiced yoga for over 25 years, including hatha, vinyasa, iyengar, ashtanga, dru and kundalini styles. I have trained with YogaLifeUK to teach hatha vinyasa yoga in the styles of restorative, slow flow, flow and power yoga, and am registered to teach with the Yoga Alliance (200 hours) who are industry leaders for Western accreditation. I am fully insured to teach and have an up to date enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.
In June 2020 I also completed additional advanced training (70 hours) with Yoga In Healthcare Alliance (YIHA) to teach the 10 week evidence-based "Yoga4Health" course, and the 6 week "Yoga for NHS" course. The Yoga4Health course is specially designed for those at risk of chronic health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, mild-moderate anxiety/depression, and those suffering from stress or social isolation. It is the ONLY yoga course in the UK that has been designed, piloted and fully evaluated within the NHS. If you are an NHS Prescriber, Link Worker or Health Coach or work in a local charity that supports social prescribing, please get in touch for more details of how to refer patients or clients. Alternatively if you think the course can benefit you, you can self-refer - please contact me for details of the next course. The Yoga4NHS course is an adaptation of the Yoga4Health course that can be taught to staff within the NHS or other organisations.
The YIHA Yoga4Health programme is accredited by the Personalised Care Institute – the accrediting body set up by the Royal College of GPs and NHS Improvement for training courses in the areas of social prescribing and social care, within the framework of universal personalised care. The YIHA Yoga4NHS programme is also accredited by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP).
Private 1:1 or 1:2 yoga sessions can be offered for £50 per hour, or 1.5 hour sessions incorporating both mindfulness practices and yoga for £70. Please contact me to discuss your requirements.
I also offer corporate yoga sessions, either as regular classes or one-off workshops e.g. for an off-site meeting. These can incorporate both yoga and mindfulness practices to optimise workplace wellbeing and resilience. Please get in touch if you would like me to provide a formal proposal.
"The body benefits from movement, and the mind benefits from stillness"