Wellbeing

Yoga, Meditation, Workshops

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Wellbeing for me..........

Becoming 50 in 2019 made me reflect on the changes that brings and how my life has changed so much over the years. This led me to see how I am able to bring my lived experiences into my teachings.
My personal healing journey has come from learning how to work with coming from an upbringing that did not support a healthy wellbeing environment hence led to many years of unhealthy behaviours and patterns.
Living in a hyperalert state for many years through childhood and adult traumas, it became the ‘norm’ for me to be alert with a heightened nervous system and with difficulty relaxing I was always exhausted. Which led to diagnosis over 20yrs of PTSD, depression and GAD although I do not identify myself as a condition, I am mindful of what I need to do to look after myself and practice daily self-care.
I see now my life choices are a continued practice of engaging in healthier choices, behaviours and coming into recovery 10 years ago from addictions with daily working a 12 Step programme. By engaging in different therapies/ therapy groups over the years, practicing daily meditation, yoga, mindfulness, enjoying nutritious foods, good sleep, spending time outside, long walks, building and maintaining healthy friendships, applying personal boundaries, my life has / is continually changing.
At the beginning of 2019 I became self-employed after years of not believing I could through low self-esteem and self-doubt. Previously, I worked in many roles; British Army, mental health services, drug and alcohol services, homelessness, young mothers and baby units, ex-offenders, personal trainer, social services, military fitness instructor. Since training in my mid 40's as an Occupational Therapist, I now love studying -very different from my school years in the 80's spending a lot of time 'skiving' and leaving school without any qualifications. I am now re-training as a counsellor on a level 4 diploma and have completed level 2 & 3.
I’ve always had much interest in the body, and the body mind connection and recently learning much more about the nervous system to relate this to myself and others when teaching.
Through combining my experiences professionally and personally in my Yoga and meditation classes, 1-1’s, workshops, I endeavour to bring an awareness to the importance of maintaining a healthy body, mind, self-care and overall wellbeing.

Gentle Flow Yoga and Yin Yoga Classes

Yoga has many proven benefits physically and mentally- yoga can help to maintain a healthier nervous system, help to relax the body, reduce back pain, promote better sleep, improve the immune system, reducing stress, through mindful movement and breathing techniques. Also noticing how many people have formed new friendships within the groups.

I teach in various locations; NHS, schools, leisure centres, martial arts centre and within the community. 

I am also available for private small groups and 1-1's.

Community classes:

Tuesday: 10am-11am Gentle Flow Yoga at The Masonic Hall, Hoo.

Wednesday: 7:30pm-8:30pm Gentle Flow Yoga at Hoo Village Hall. 

Education and Training

2019 Level 4 Therapeutic Counselling Training
2015 BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy 2:1
2008 NVQ 3 Health and Social Care
2006 Certificate of Higher Education in Exercise, Nutrition and Health.

Additional Training:

2020- Meditation Teacher Training
2019 - Advanced Yin Yoga Training level 2
2018- Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work (valid 3 years)
2018- Yoga Teacher Training 200hrs (YogaLondon)
2018- Level 3 Counselling Studies
2018- Yin Yoga Teacher Training level 1
2017- Adult Protection
2017- Safeguarding children
2017- Mental Capacity Act
2017- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy & Stress Reduction
2017- Lone Working
2017- Health & Safety
2016- Moving & Handling
2016- Foundation Yoga Studies
2016- Identifying and managing stress levels
2016- Client Financial Affairs for Care Professionals
2015- Care Act
2015- Understanding peoples differences and needs
2015- Cultural awareness
2012- CYQ Personal Trainer Level 3
2010- Mediation Skills Certificate
2009- PTLLS Level 3
2007- Certificate in Intermediate Counselling Skills.

Blog to come.................

Meditation

Having a daily regular meditation practice for the last 10yrs noticing and feeling the difference within myself and the beneficial effects on my daily activities, I have recently enrolled with the British School of Meditation on the meditation teacher training course with a view to teach small groups and 1-1's in the community. My practice has been influenced with the 12 Steps and through my interests in Buddhist studies attending this year teachings and studies at the Kagyu Samye Centre in London on the 37 practices of a Bodhisattva.

Workshops

Yin Yoga, meditation and relaxation workshops taught throughout the year- please see 'services' section for details.

Employment

Employment: 2018-present: Yoga Teacher – teaching a variety of weekly Gentle Flow and Yin Yoga classes incorporating mindfulness and meditation tools and practices - (community, sports centre, health club, NHS, school staff) to a wide range of people in the community whilst promoting overall wellbeing and balance in life. Through drawing on my extensive knowledge of health conditions and injuries and understanding of people’s uniqueness gained from my previous employments/ qualifications and personal experiences, I endeavour to help towards reducing social isolation and increasing overall health and wellbeing. 2016-2019: Ad hoc Outdoor fitness instructor with BMF (Bemilitaryfit). 2015- 2018: Local Authority – Occupational Therapist.   2012- 2015: Mental Health Residential: Relief Support Worker. 2011-2012: Family Mosaic: Caseworker. 2011: YMCA: Project worker/substance misuse. 2005-2011: Stonham Housing: Relief Project Worker: 2007-2010: Addaction: Residential Support Worker: 1989-1999: British Army- WRAC/ RAOC/ RLC served in UK, Falklands, Germany, Cyprus, Canada and Bosnia.

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