A spiritually influenced mind-body approach to helping you find peace and wellbeing

music by Janin Devi

 

General Wellbeing

I offer small group yoga classes in my home studio and private classes for you and/or a family member or friend you would like to introduce to yoga.  I also offer family classes and children's yoga parties by arrangement.

In addition, I run Mindfulness training courses and meditation group drop in sessions.  And I integrate the principles of Mindfulness in individual Life Coaching Sessions.

This is complimented by body-work in the form of Thai Yoga Massage which is prescriptive to your needs.

 

 

 

Condition / Injury Wellbeing

I offer Yoga Therapy sessions which are specifically tailored to your condition or injury. This includes a postural assessment and a series of breathing, meditation and visualisations which can be practised at home.

Where required I can also incorporate gentle Thai Yoga Massage.

I have experience of working with a number of conditions including; Arthritis, Parkinsons, Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Conditions, Fibromyalagia, Eating Disorders, Bi-Polar, Depression, Addiction to name a few.

Workplace Wellbeing

I offer team yoga classes, mindful movement sessions (a more gentle form of movement practice similar to Qi Gong), Breathing techniques, Introductions to Mindfulness and longer structured Mindfulness for Stress courses.

The above can form part of a team away day which can be tailored to your agenda.  Or as part of a structured commitment to your employees wellbeing.

I currently teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to staff at NHS Southern Health Foundation Trust.

 

 

Namaste,

Wishing you a very warm welcome to my website.

I hope you enjoy exploring the site and find some inspiration to either start or continue your journey to finding peace and wellbeing.

So, a little about me..well, my journey started back in 2008 when I trained as a Life Coach with The International Coaches Federation and began to practice yoga with two wonderful Indian teachers pictured below whilst living abroad.  It was a very authentic introduction to yoga learning many of the techniques and approach to yoga they had learned growing up.  And they really were more like spiritual guides to me than your average yoga teacher and inspired me to travel to India to learn more about the philosophy of yoga and train to become a teacher. 

My 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Alliance accreditation training took place at Ashiyana in Goa, India in 2011. The training at Ashiyana is dedicated to a spiritual Master called - Satyananda whom encourages self enquiry and to experience yourself as your innermost essence and know the peace and freedom within. Sounds life -transforming doesn't it? It was!  

Satyananda is supported by the Satsang Foundation, a non-profit organization promoting his work. For more information about Satyananda: www.satyananda.org

If you wish to view photos of my training at Ashiayana you are welcome to view my gallery.

On returning to the UK, I opened my home and began teaching classes for free, which to my delight - today is a thriving healing community of like-minded people.

 

 

However,  the types of conditions, injuries and general ailments I was seeing coming into my classes prompted me to study intensively in Yoga as Therapy, completing a Yoga Therapy Diploma at Yoga Campus, London in 2013.  Which ultimately means I am able to approach yoga more therapeutically and tailor the practice to those  who require healing or management of specific health concerns and I do this in one-to-one yoga therapy sessions and in my classes.

I have experience of working with many health concerns, but the main complaint I generally see is people over worked and stressed or run down.  So, I wanted to learn a spiritually influenced body-work therapy which could help my clients release the tension from their body.  So with this idea and after much research I travelled to Greece to study Thai Massage the highly regarded Krishna Takis of Sunshine House.

During all my trainings Meditation for me has played a very significant role both in participation and in experiencing positive benefits for myself.  But I wanted to reach a wider audience than meditation and so with this in mind I have been training to become a Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher.  I teach in both a personal and corporate setting and am very open to introducing Mindfulness to other groups.

So if you've read this far then you can probably gather that I am really passionate about wellbeing for both the physical boy and the mind and my vocation is in helping my clients feel the best that they can to enjoy a ... quality of life.  

I continue to learn and develop my skills by attending workshops and retreats with some of the best tutors in the wellbeing field.  You are welcome to view my training qualifications and trainings here.

So, thank you for reading and I really look forward to connecting with you and helping you in any which way I can.

Om Shanti,

Amanda

 

 

My philosophy is about creating a space where my clients can find themselves again, come back to whom they really are in a compassionate and non-judgemental way.  To really connect with themselves physically, mentally and emotionally. We often get lost, forget our values, don't speak our truth and cling to what we think serves us.

I  open up the opportunity to discover what feels right underneath the roles we play, to enjoy stillness and  being in the present. To allow the space for new things to arise and the possibility of acceptance of what is.

I encourage my clients to question how they are in the world, how they relate to themselves and others and what changes they may need to make to feel more connected, loved and at peace.

 
 

                        Training

Feb - Apr '13
Yoga Therapy & Self Knowledge
Marc Beuvain
 
Dec '12
Core Yoga
Paul Fox
 
Oct '12
Advanced Yoga Therapy
Doug Keller
 
Aug '12
Viniyoga Retreat
 
May '12
Neurobiology of the spine
Yoga for Emotional Balance
Bo Forbes
 
Oct '11
Yogabugs Childrens Teacher Training
 
Feb '11
200Hr Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Training, India
 
Dec '10
CPCC Certification - (Certified Professional CoActive Life Coach)

Nov '14 - Present
Mindfulness Teacher Training, Breathworks
 
July '14
Barcelona Yoga ConferenceBreath Workshop, Leslie Kaminoff
Kundalini Yoga, Amir Jan
 
Mar '14
Yoga & The Pelvic Floor
Uma Dinsmore Tuli & Leslie Howard, London
 
Jan '14
Yoga Nidra Foundation
Uma & Nirlipta, London
 
Feb '12 to Nov '13
Diploma: Yoga as Therapy
YogaCampus, London
 
Aug '13
90Hr Thai Yoga Massage
Sunshine Network, Greece
 
June '13
First Aid for Yoga Teachers
Mike Bond, London

June '13
Teaching Yoga from the Organs
Judith Hanson Lasater
 

Yoga Teaching Style

Classes are based in the Hatha yoga tradition with a focus on holding some poses which focus on where we hold tension longer in more of a Yin yoga approach.  Elements of pawakmuktasana (joint freeing), yoga nidra (deep relaxation), pranayama (breathing exercises), mindfulness and strength building movements are also included with each week being a varied practice so that your body does not become used to any particular sequence.  Each practice is concluded with a short meditation practice and poem or yoga / life philosophy sharing.  Sometimes we have fun with partner yoga or breaking down individual postures in a workshop style.  There are many props including mats, blankets, bolsters, straps and blocks provided - all that is required is a compassionate and accepting attitude towards yourself on your journey.

Current Class Schedule

Mondays 7.45pm - 9.00pm - New Yoga Studio tbc

Thursdays 6.45pm - 8.00pm - New Yoga Studio tbc

Saturdays 9am - 10am - St Marks Church Hall, Olivers Battery, Winchester

GROUP YOGA CLASS PRICES 

Trial Class: £5

6 Yoga Classes: £60

12 Yoga Classes: £108

Drop In Yoga Class: £12 - new students

PRIVATE YOGA CLASS PRICES

1 Hour: £45

1.5 Hours: £60

PLEASE COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING YOGA CLASS INTAKE FORM AND EMAIL THIS BACK TO ME 24 HOURS BEFORE YOUR FIRST SESSION

 

HOW TO BOOK

Group Yoga Classes - please CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE

Private classes - Please email me at amanda@thrivecafeandwellbeing.co.uk to arrange a suitable time

Terms & Conditions

Clients must book into 24 hours prior to class start time online.

Clients must sign out of a class 24 hours prior to class start time if they cannot make the class in order not for it to be deducted.

Validity periods for blocks of classes are as follows:

Blocks of 6 classes expire after 3 months

Blocks of 12 classes expire after 5 months

OFFER: For every new person you introduce whom buys a block of 6 or 12 classes.  You will receive a free yoga class.

I’ve been seeing Amanda for over a year, due to a slipped disc 5 years ago,which I’m still recovering from. Yoga was suggested by a friend,so I took it up and haven’t looked back. Doing yoga with Amanda has increased mobility, flexibility and brought more focus to my life and what’s going on around me. I’ve found my mind to be more calmer and over all, as an exercise I would rather this than the gym because of scar tissue and tension in my lower back due to surgery in 2010. I felt like I would never get better,but that has all changed due to yoga,suffice to say,my wellbeing of mind and body is on the up,and it can only get better,and I’m happy it was Amanda I met,because she’s an endearing lady who embraces the spirit of her yoga and the people who come to her
— Anthony Carney- Operator/Digger Driver.
Inspirational and transformative. Every class is unique. Amanda generously shares all of her further learning. I slipped a disc in my back in my 1st pregnancy and with regular yoga classes for 18 months I experienced no pain during the 2nd pregnancy.
— Lisa Sainsbury - Mother of two

What is Yoga Therapy?

It's widely known that Yoga can enhance your physical and emotional well being, but when Yoga is practiced with a therapeutic intention in the form of Yoga Therapy, it can help prevent and aid recovery from physical and mental ailments. 

More than following just one style or one branch of yoga, Yoga Therapy feeds from virtually all styles and branches, combining the tools that each one of them bring in the design of a yoga sadhana, or a routine that addresses the given condition.

The process is very personalised - this is a one-to-one session and co-collaborative in that you - the Client and Yoga Therapist design a personalised routine together, setting goals and experimenting with techniques that are appropriate to your abilities. This empowers you to participate in your own healing process. The routine created is then practiced at home and evaluated and developed in the following sessions.

 

Who is Yoga Therapy suitable for?

Yoga Therapy may be used to:

  • reduce symptoms of illness or injury
  • establish more functional breath and movement patterns
  • reduce physical and mental suffering
  • improve quality of life
  • enhance positive coping strategies

 

Yoga Therapy Prices and Booking

Initial Session 1. 5 Hours:  £60

Follow Up Sessions 1 Hour: £45

Block of 6 Follow Up Sessions (1 Hour) £250

Please email me at amanda@thrivevafeandwellbeing.co.uk or call me on 07541 830056 to arrange a suitable time

Please complete the following Yoga Therapy Intake Form and email this back to me 24 hours before your first session

I have suffered from Parkinsons Disease for over ten years and have found Amanda’s yoga classes to be both beneficial in managing the condition and helping to keep me flexible. I have practised yoga under Amanda’s guidance for over two years. The smaller class size means there is a more tailored approach to class and there is no pressure to keep-up as with other larger classes that I have attended. Amanda is an excellent and inspirational teacher and I would whole-heartedly endorse her.
— Denise Edwards - Home Maker
Amanda is a wonderful caring yoga teacher. Her experience and knowledge make for an informative, unique and challenging class. Amanda is incredibly patient and encouraging to all of her students wherever they are on their yoga journey. I have been attending her classes for over 3 1/2 years now and I love how I feel after each class: my mind is calmer and my body feels stronger yet more flexible.
— Carol Dineen - Nursery Assistant and mother of two
I have been attending Amanda’s yoga classes for over three years. I really enjoy the class and always feel better afterwards.
I feel physically stronger and after a class your mind feels calmer and clearer. I notice if I’ve missed a class.
Amanda is an excellent teacher. She is extremely knowledgeable and inspiringly passionate about the benefits of Yoga.
— Nicola Critchley - Mother of two

YOGA FOR CYCLISTS

A regular yoga practice is not only good for your general health and wellbeing but helps to improve your endurance, quality of ride and prevent injury.

Yoga is specifically beneficial for cyclists because it helps to Build Strength, Improve Flexibility, Sharpen Focus and Maintain Balance.

Building Strength

Spending too much time in the saddle means that some areas of the body become stronger than others. Typically, the back, core and upper body are over compensated by other areas meaning they become weak. Yoga for Cyclists focusses on these areas to that the body can be more stable during your ride.

Improving Flexibility

Tight quadriceps, hips, lower backs and hamstrings are common among keen cyclists.  Yoga for Cyclists targets these areas so that a better pedal flow can be achieved and a more relaxed or in some cases more competitive posture on the bike can be adopted.  

Sharpen Focus

Mastering and holding a yoga posture in a Yoga for Cyclists session can be closely linked to the focus, discipline and composure required to tackle the next big climb or steam ahead towards the finish line.  Yoga for Cyclists hones your breathing so that you can remain relaxed and in-tune with your breathing whilst focussing on the next challenge on your ride.

Maintain Balance

Tightness and muscle imbalances developed from spending a long time on the bike can influence riding posture and balance and ultimately lead to injury.  Yoga for Cyclists focusses on rebalancing muscle groups so that the overworked muscles do not become prone to injury.

Yoga for Cyclists is a Yoga Classe dedicated specifically for keen cyclists who wish to achieve the above benefits

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What is Mindfulness ?

Mindfulness is with intention re-driecting your mind to paying attention to the present moment on purpose, non-judgementally.

This is easier said than done, because we are distracted by so many things, the mind seems to be constantly analysing the past or planning the future.  Organising, planning or working out what we need to do next as opposed to actually noticing what is going on right now for you and enjoying the richness of life in the moment.

There are many scientific reports which confirm that Mindfulness actually changes the neuroplasticity (structure) of our brains in a positive way.  Here's a 3 minute video which demonstrates this.

Mindfulness is a life skill that can be taught to children and adults alike and no meditation experience is required, only a commitment to practice.

There are so many benefits to learning Mindfulness that help you in your day to day life and your relationships that its not just you will be helping but all those whom you come into contact with too. 

I am trained by Breathworks to deliver an 8 week Mindfulness for Stress Course and an 8 week Mindfulness for Pain Course. 

MINDFULNESS Benefits:

  • Reduces stress, depression, anxiety
  • Decreases emotional reactivity
  • Improves brain function - focus, memory
  • Improves control of blood sugar
  • Improves mood and relationship to pain
  • Increases immune functioning
  • Improves sleep
  • Improves relationships - people, food, habits
  • Improves heart and circulatory health

 

Who is the Mindfulness for Stress Course For?

  • Anyone who is feeling anxious, low mood or feelings of no motivation
  • Anyone who feels life has gotten out of balance and there's no time for me anymore
  • Anyone who is finding it difficult to sleep because of stress
  • Anyone who's going through a particularly touch time be it with family, work, relationships

 

WHAT you will learn on the Mindfulness for Stress Course:

  • How to relate differently to the symptoms of stress
  • Techniques for bringing Mindfulness into daily life to cope in every day situations
  • Breath and body awareness
  • Gentle mindful movement and relaxation
  • Acceptance towards yourself and others
  • Compassion and loving kindness towards yourself and others

 

I joined the course because I am very susceptible to stress, and spiralling thoughts which stop me sleeping and lead to me being unwell. I found the course enjoyable, interesting and very relaxing, Amanda teaches from the heart so it is easy to learn concepts that can be challenging! I have found that meditating is an investment, it gives me back more time than it takes - it is also a pleasure - so win, win! Through Amanda’s teaching, I have learned to ignore the thoughts, so they don’t spiral, they just float away - this is a major breakthrough for me, and a great relief. I have also learned to hold on to happy moments which is lovely. I can’t recommend this Mindfulness for Stress course highly enough.
— Anneke inigo-Jones, Civil Engineer
 

WHO IS THE MINDFULNESS FOR PAIN COURSE FOR?

  • Anyone who suffers from mild to chronic pain
  • Anyone who suffers discomfort from an injury or surgery
  • Anyone who suffers a limiting quality of life due to an illness or condition

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN ON THE MINDFULNESS FOR PAIN COURSE:

  • How to manage pain, illness and fatigue in daily life
  • How to breathe into the present moment and find choice
  • Breath and body awareness
  • Gentle mindful movement and relaxation
  • Mindfulness meditation practice, including cultivating kindliness towards yourself and empathy for others

 

TRaining COURSE DATES: 

Mindfulness for Pain Course Start Dates:

Dates: tbc

Mindfulness for Stress Course Start Dates:  

Spring Course Starts: Wednesday 25 April '18

Runs every Wednesday for 8 weeks: 7.00pm-8.30pm

Training COURSE Prices:

Mindfulness for Stress or Pain 8 Week Course costs £200 which includes a handbook & cds

For existing Yoga clients the course costs £180 which includes a handbook cods

 

HOW TO BOOK:

Courses can be booked online at the following link

BOOK MINDFULNESS ONLINE

If like me you have a really busy working and family life and have a mind that doesn’t sit still, you may find that Mindfulness for Stress will benefit you and help you find some peace.

The course isn’t easy but Amanda guides you through it and helps you every step of the way. You will have to do at least half an hour of meditation practice every day and also try and weave in some practical exercises to help become more mindful. If you give it time it should help you slow down in this busy world.
— Lara Pletcher, Human Resources Manager

Mindfulness Drop In Sessions

Last Tuesday of the Month I will be holding a Mindfulness Drop In Session for 1 hour, 7-8pm.

Address: Sunnyside Villa, Mount Pleasant, Kings Worthy, Winchester SO23 7QU

If you wish to sign in for a Drop In Session please click here, Drop In Sessions cost £8

What is Thai Yoga Massage?

Thai Yoga Massage is a hands-on spiritual healing massage.  Its an ancient therapy practised thousands of years ago in Buddhist Monasteries and includes elements of Meta (Loving Kindness), Vipassana (Meditative Insight), Massage and Yoga.  

With the application of pressure on certain energetic points and lines (sen) in the body and yogic stretching of muscles and joint manipulation, blockages can be released and energy can be restored to its natural flow.  In Thai Yoga Massage we use our hands, elbows, knees and feet to give a deeper tissue massage.  Because this massage is working on the different body layers (koshas) the release works on an emotional, energetic and physical level and often resulting in a deep sense of peace.

The massage is given on a mat on the floor, fully clothed in loose comfortable clothes. 

Please watch a short video here showing my teach - Krishna Takis giving a Thai Yoga Massage.

BENEFITS OF Thai Yoga Massage:

  • Reducing stress, fatigue and tension
  • Increasing flexibility & range of motion of joints
  • Increasing energy
  • Improving posture
  • Aiding digestion & circulation

 

WHO IS THAI YOGA MASSAGE FOR?

  • Anyone who is uncomfortable taking off their clothes for massage
  • Anyone whom is stiff from too much exercise, work or lifestyle and wants to experience more mobility and release of tension in their body
  • Anyone whom prefers a deep tissue massage

 

Massage is not recommended for those in the following circumstances:

  • infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds
  • immediately after surgery
  • immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
I have received three wonderful Thai yoga massages to from Amanda to date, to me they are special , I feel Amanda and I are working in cohesion , her skill and knowledge together with my want to take ownership of my well being.
— Anne Newberry, Retired Nurse

MASSAGE PRICES

Thai Yoga Massage 1 hour £45

Thai Yoga Massage 1.5 hours £55

 

HOW TO BOOK

Please email me at amanda@fertiliza.co.uk or call me on 07541 830056 to book an appointment

 
I would thoroughly recommend booking a Thai massage with Amanda. I felt very relaxed yet energised all at the same time! I loved the whole body focus stretching my muscles and easing any tensions.
Amanda’s small yoga studio is also a great environment that has a welcoming and calming ambience.
— Kathryn Hodnett - Leadership Development Consultant

What is Life Coaching ?

Life Coaching is a unique relationship between you and me - a professionally trained Life Coach whose primary focus is YOU!  

Life Coaching is helping you get back to you, who you really are, what you really want and then creating a journey towards creating the life you want that is authentic to who you really are.

We look at removing the obstacles, dispelling the excuses and changing the habits that you have become accustomed to in order that you can start to move forward. As your Coach I will hold up a mirror so you can hear how you talk to yourself, learn about your values and help you re-frame old ideas.

Life is complicated and sometimes we lose our way, we drift or we compromise to please others or sometimes have just not had the time to address underlying issues until we feel we have to do something.

My skills are about knowing the right questions to ask and having the right tools and techniques to empower you to find those answers within yourself.

We look at your whole life so that nothing is left out but we focus on unpicking the web of choices and decisions and inspire you to change and try new things.

Life Coaching prices

Initial Session 1.5 Hours: £55
Follow Up Sessions: £45
Block of 6 Sessions (1 Hour) Life Coaching Sessions £250

 

How to book

Email me at amanda@fertiliza.co.uk or call me on 07541 830056 to set up a suitable time

 Benefits of life coaching

  • Increase self confidence / self esteem
  • Correct work-life balance
  • Stronger interpersonal skills
  • Improved relationships
  • More meaning and fulfilment in life
  • Better decision making
  • More belief in yourself

 

What is Workplace Wellbeing?

Workplace Wellbeing is becoming a hot topic since attracting the attention of policy makers due to a number of factors such as an increase in the cost of absence to businesses and the economy, the increase in the prevalence of mental health conditions and the increase in the number of incapacity benefit claimants.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates that stress costs business £3.8 billion a year.

The CIPD Define Wellbeing as:

'Creating an environment to promote a state of contentment which allows an employee to flourish and achieve their full potential for the benefit of themselves and their organisation.'

Well-being is more than an avoidance of becoming physically sick. It represents a broader bio-psycho-social construct that includes physical, mental and social health. Well employees are physically and mentally able, willing to contribute in the workplace and likely to be more engaged at work.

Well-being at work, therefore, is not merely about managing a physical and cultural environment with the limited aim of not causing harm to employees.
It requires organisations to actively assist people to maximise their physical and mental health. In the past, well-being was something that was provided for employees by beneficent employers. Today employers and employees share that responsibility in partnership.

Mindfulness and Physical Activity such as Yoga or Mindful Movement are valuable ways to improve both physical and mental Workplace Wellbeing. And the  two disciplines can be delivered separately to organisations that might want to focus more on the mental wellbeing of employees with Mindfulness or the physical wellbeing of employees with Yoga or Mindful Movement.

The approach to providing employees the opportunity to engage in Yoga and or Mindfulness can be structured in many different ways depending on the organisation.  For example; Introducing a 2 hour or longer session as part of a Team Away day, offering taster sessions at breakfast, lunch or afterwork or incorporating a more structured Mindfulness for Stress Course for key decision makers as part if a wider Workplace Wellbeing initiative.  Almost anything is possible - please see below for further ideas.

 

Benefits of Mindfulness for the Workplace?

  • Reduce anxiety, stress, depression, exhaustion and irritability
  • Improves working memory, creativity, attention span and reaction speeds.
  • Enhances mental and physical stamina and resilience.
  • Enhances brain function, increasing grey matter in areas associated with self-awareness, empathy, self-control and attention.
  • Soothes the parts of the brain that produce stress hormones and builds those areas that lift mood and promote learning. It even reduces some of the thinning of certain areas of the brain that naturally occurs with ageing.
  • Improves emotional intelligence and promotes better working relationships

Further articles supporting the benefits of Workplace Mindfulness can be found here

 

BENEFITS OF YOGA / MINDFUL MOVEMENT FOR THE WORKPLACE?

  • Increases energy, mental alertness, and clarity
  • Relieves head, neck and back strain, carpal tunnel syndrome, insomnia, high blood pressure and work-related injuries from repetitive motion
  • Helps employees manage weight by creating a more positive self-image and, in turn, encourages them to think about nutrition and what they eat
  • Provides employees the opportunity to meet and interact with co-workers and supervisors in a casual way that can lead to deeper work relationships
  • Improves posture and reduces risk for diseases
  • Promotes higher job satisfaction and reduces employee absenteeism

 

Further articles supporting the benefits of Workplace Yoga can be found here

 

CLIENTS

NHS, Natural England, The Manor Clinic

References available on request

HOW TO BOOK

Please email me at amanda@fertiliza.co.uk or call me on 07541 830056 to discuss your requirements

What I offer

  • Taster Yoga, Mindful Movement or Mindfulness Sessions
  • Lunch time / after work Yoga or Mindful Movement Classes
  • Lunch time / after work Relaxation Sessions
  • Supervised Mindfulness Drop-In Sessions, Workshops
  • Structured Mindfulness for Stress Courses
  • Wellbeing Days or Sessions as part of Team Away Days
  • Rehabilitation / Back to Work one to ones