The Feel Better Every Day Consultancy

Yoga therapy for mental health, wellbeing and sleep in Witham, Essex

No negative side effects - just added flexibility, strength and stamina. 

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'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

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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.

 

As well as welcoming anyone who wants to learn more about the mind, body, heart and soul benefits of yoga and people wanting to maximise their potential and boost their wellbeing, I specialise in supporting people who are struggling with sleep issues, stress, anxiety, burn out / depression or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  

Yoga therapy for mental health, wellbeing and sleep individual sessions, classes, workshops and courses 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.

 

I 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, yo
u’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.


Click here to find out more about my yoga classes in Witham, Essex

Click here to find out more about my upcoming courses including the Yoga Therapy for the Mind 8 Week Course for Stress, Anxiety and Depression

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Next available course starts Monday 8th September, 2014 from 7.30-9.30pm - click the brain image above for more information

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 as appropriate. 
 
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 be changed).  
 

'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 

Click here to read some of the articles The Minded Institute and Yoga Therapy for the Mind has been featured in

 

Click here to read some of the research around yoga therapy, anxiety, stress, depression, trauma and much more

 

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Workshop on Saturday, 6th December and the next available course starts Friday 9th January, 2015 from 7.30-9.30pm - click the sleeping man image above for more information

'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 

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Workshop on Saturday, 22nd November, 2014 and the next available 7 week course starts Tuesday, 6th January, 2015 from 5.15-7.15pm - click the chakra image above for more information

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Holistic therapies for your mind, body, heart and soul ~ Feel Better Every Day

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.  

Phone: 07584 354963 / 01376 510012        
Email: eve@feelbettereveryday.co.uk

15 Brain House, 120 Newland Street, Witham, Essex CM8 1BA

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 I offer a range of holistic therapies for your mind, body, heart and soul (including coach-therapytranspersonal counselling, transpersonal coaching, yoga classes, yoga therapy sessions, yoga for better sleep, 7 week chakra rebalancing course and the Yoga Therapy for the Mind 8 Week Course for Stress, Anxiety and Depression, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), meditation, relaxation and visualisation, bespoke workshops'wellbeing at work' and marketing and PR coaching and crystal therapy) to help you Feel Better Every Day.

 

I work face to face in Witham, Essex (and elsewhere for workshops, talks and groups) and worldwide via telephone and Skype. 


My work has been featured in a wide range of titles and programmes. Click here to read and listen.

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