‘Thank you again so so much; you will never understand how much you have helped me gain
a little bit of normality back in my life just from using the techniques you have taught me. I really enjoyed our
classes and you put me at ease straight away. The Yoga
Therapy for the Mind 8 Week Course for Stress, Anxiety and Depression with Eve has helped me
feel better able to cope better with stressful situations. I mentally "roar" (Lion pose)
at people now. Focusing on grounding takes me out of whatever anxious moment I'm in. The
breathing exercises, remembering to be kind to myself, chanting, poses, and noticing physical sensations
like itches (and the itch magically disappearing!) has been most helpful. Thank you so much for the learning, understanding
and most of all, the giggles.' R
Click the article to read my Rapport feature on Yoga Therapy for the Mind
Image courtesy of Alan Cunningham
I am a registered RYT200
teacher with Yoga Alliance UK. This accreditation demonstrates
excellent standards as set by Yoga Alliance UK.
As your yoga therapist, I'll:
* listen not just to your words but support you in noticing your breath and posture to get a better understanding
of what will help you most
* teach you practical tools including asana (physical hatha yoga practice), pranayama (breath
work), meditation and relaxation to help you use your body and breath to retrain your brain and nervous system
* support you in integrating these new practices into your life so they become an enjoyable
part of your routine and
* help you understand how to motivate yourself.
I have been interested in the therapeutic effects of yoga since using it to help myself with a chronic pain condition
in 2001. While pictures of yogis doing seemingly impossible things with their bodies can feel off putting, ultimately,
yoga is a lovely and effective way to become friendlier with your own body and mind.
Yoga therapy for mental health, wellbeing and sleep individual sessions, classes, workshopsandcourses can have both short term and long lasting benefits. They can help you learn how to use your body and
breath to experience almost instant relief while ongoing practice can encourage neuroplasticity, retrain your
brain and autonomic nervous system.
They're an effective style
of body work (using asanas from the hatha yoga tradition) where you're working with your own body rather than having
anything done to you. You can continue to benefit by building consolidating your practice between sessions / classes.
Often, when we try to think ourselves calm, we can’t do it. Instead of feeling
better, we may even end up beating ourselves up about feeling stressed, anxious, traumatised, unable to sleep or depressed.
Because 80% of the messages between body and brain go from body to brain, we can use mindfulness of
breath and movement to improve the way we feel and potentially retrain our brains and nervous systems.
The neuroscientist Dr Chris Streeter discovered that just one hour of yoga increased GABA -
this is the brain’s major inhibitory neurotransmitter that was mimicked in drugs like Xanax. Streeter's
can motivate us to get onto our mats when we want to ease stress and anxiety.
But just as
you wouldn’t take medication or even a multivitamin just once, I will support you in building a personalised daily
yoga practice which will help you manage life’s current and future challenges more easily.
work with individuals and teaches small yoga therapy for mental health, wellbeing and
sleep classes at my consulting room in the heart of Witham, Essex. Larger group work elsewhere
(from workplaces to gyms and hospitals) is available across Essex and London.
In my classes
or sessions, you’ll learn
things about yourself on your yoga mat that you may have done unconsciously for years in your everyday life. And as you build
strength, flexibility and resilience on your yoga mat, life’s ups and downs will feel much easier to manage.
'I was experiencing a tough time and
had a lot of back to back events coming up that were making me very anxious, my previous therapy sessions were useful and
I enjoy the relaxing effect of yoga, so the two combined seemed ideal. It calmed me and got me through all my big events.
Plus I have good/useful ways to help me everyday. The de-stress yoga positions and mindfulness worked best and I
loved the Yoga Nidra. I'll continue to use all of it in some form: Definitely the Sun Salutation cycle and de-stress yoga
positions. I have set aside a nice space in my bedroom to start practicing meditation. Every morning as I wake, I practice
mindfulness and I also do this at night before bed, to allow myself to relax and not stress about things out of my control.
Thank you for the calm place to relax and great techniques to help me through.' ~ N
'I wanted to learn how to try and relax and take more time for myself. Yoga therapy
with Eve helped because whenever I felt worried or unsure I thought about what she had
said and tried to put into practice some of the breathing and stretching exercises. It was very
calming and relaxing and made me think about looking after myself more and how breathing in various
ways can make such a difference to how you feel. Eve is a lovely person with a real understanding of
what people are feeling and her gentle but positive way of explaining everything helped me to enjoy the sessions
with her. Thanks so much. This really helped me to feel better about things.' ~ G
'I have really enjoyed the yoga therapy for mental
health and wellbeing sessions with Eve Menezes Cunningham. They have made me stop and
listen into what my body's telling me and not just ignore and punish myself into doing stuff.
"Be kind to your body" is a phrase which rings in my mind. I've learned to feel more able to be kind to myself,
not forcing myself. I've thought about my responses, tuning into those feelings and being receptive
to how yoga can help with my anxiety, incorporating it as part of my routine. It's been helpful
to understand the science behind it. I feel she also has great patience in approaching this
slowly and monitoring it.' ~ A
Get in touch today to
find out more about and register your interest.
My yoga classes, courses, workshops and individual sessions draw on my
yoga therapy training as well as my experience with my other therapies (counselling, coaching, NLP, EFT and crystals) which I integrate
I trained with the Minded Institute (a 350 hour training) and am a certified Minded Yoga
Therapist / Yoga Therapist for Mental Health. Heather Mason's unique training programme blended yoga, psychotherapy,
neuroscience and mindfulness and it included guest lectures by world renowned
neuroscientists, mindfulness and yoga researchers including Daniel Siegel, Patricia Gerbarg and Chris Streeter.
Previous personal experience with PTSD and anxiety as well as depression (and, who hasn’t experienced stress?)
meant I immediately recognised the benefits it could bring to her counselling, coaching and complementary therapy clients.
I have also
benefitted from training with Lisa Sanfilippo, learning her Organic Awakening for Insomnia and Better Sleep Method. Lisa's
transpersonal approach (seeing insomnia and other issues as 'a call to awaken') fits beautifully with my psychosynthesis counselling background. Organic Awakening incorporates yogic philosophy, Ayuvedic
marma points, psycho-education around sleep (and insomnia's) impact on body and brain as well as ways to work holistically
to sleep better and feel more awake and energised during the day.
I blend what I've learned from them with my other therapeutic practices and experience. I
love sharing these practical, effective and potentially transformative tools with yoga students and clients.
I love helping people use
their breath and movement to improve the way they feel (while safely learning to tolerate and accept the things that can't
Click here to read some of the articles
The Minded Institute and Yoga Therapy for the Mind has been featured in
yoga therapy classes at organisations including Hoxton Health at St Leonard's Hospital, PCP Chelmsford and AMT's (the
Association for Meridian and Energy Therapies) 2014 conference. I also run several classes a week from Feel Better Every Day:
I'm also teaching a class at DS Fitness Experience (click logo for info) Wednesdays from 5.30-6.30pm
My work has been featured in titles including:
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the kind of Feel Better Every Day services that will help you most. By talking about what you hope to get from these sessions, we'll get a better idea as to whether
or not you'll benefit from my support at this time.
While I love sharing tips and advice in my columns, articles, blogs and on social media and hope you'll
find my writing helpful, this remains separate from my client work. Social media is, by nature, public while
confidentiality is key for all Feel Better Every Day sessions and workshops.