'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 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.
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
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
'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
Workshop on Saturday, 6th September and the next available course starts Friday 19th September,
2014 from 7.30-9.30pm - click the sleeping man image above for more information
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
Workshop on Saturday, 30th August, 2014 and the next available
7 week course starts Tuesday, 9th September, 2014 from 5.15-7.15pm - click the chakra image
above for more information
Therapeutic mind, body, heart and soul practices to support
you in helping yourself 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.
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.