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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.
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
Get in touch today to arrange your free telephone consultation
This will give you a better idea
about 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.
If you're looking for local therapeutic mind, body, heart and soul practices (including psychosythesis counselling,
coach-therapy, life coaching, meditation, relaxation and visualisation, yoga therapy for mental health and wellbeing,
neuro linguistic programming (NLP), emotional freedom technique (EFT) and crystals), the Feel Better Every Day Consultancy in
Witham, Essex is located between Chelmsford and Colchester.
The following postcodes are within 10 miles of Feel Better Every Day: CM0, CM1, CM2, CM3, CM6, CM7,
CM77, CM8, CM9, CM98, CM99, CO2, CO3, CO5, CO6 and CO9. Witham is within 10 miles of Maldon, Chelmsford and
Braintree. Other places within this radius include Maldon, Wickham Bishops, Kelvedon, Hatfield
Peveral, Black Notley, Great Notley, Boreham, Tiptree and Heybridge.
The Feel Better Every Day Consultancy, Witham, is also within easy reach of Clacton-on-Sea,
Frinton-on-Sea (and the rest of Essex's Sunshine Coast). It is usually under 50 minutes by train from London
Feel Better Every Day is well served by public transport, there
is space to keep your bike safe if you're cycling and there is free parking for
drivers during evening and weekend sessions. (A small charge applies during office hour appointments but the public car park
is just a 2 minute walk away).
As well as being a holistic therapist in
Witham, Essex, I offer bespoke talks and workshops elsewhere and work with clients and organisations worldwide
via telephone and Skype.
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.