Anne is delighted to offer the ten week Yoga4Health programme. This programme was originally commissioned by the NHS in West London and is effective at helping patients manage stress, anxiety and mild to moderate depression. It is also effective for those at risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It teaches accessible self-care skills through yoga breathing, relaxation and mindfulness techniques. No prior experience is necessary. Gentle stretching and strengthening will be done mainly from a chair. Group discussion is also part of this unique programme and we’ll work through a different theme together each week. To find out more or to register, email email@example.com
“Yoga consists of keeping the mind quiet and wakeful so that one is totally present in what one is doing. Thoughts no longer rush forth of themselves in all directions, but are carefully controlled and directed” from Bouanchaud, B. The Essence of Yoga: Reflections on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, p.5. (Sri Satguru Publications, Delhi 2001).
Anne’s aim is to teach yoga in a way that is appropriate and accessible for those whose needs may not be catered for through other providers. This includes people with common conditions who may feel that mainstream fitness classes are not for them. Anne can tailor physical practices to suit those with joint conditions such as arthritis and osteoporosis. Meditation and breathwork is also an important tool in helping support those with asthma, chronic pain, depression and anxiety.
In Anne’s classes, Hatha Yoga is taught at a pace that allows a student to turn attention inwards and notice the sensations in their body, breath and mind. In class, you can expect to encounter Asana or poses, breathwork, meditation and relaxation. Anne is particularly interested in helping students to experience ways to let go of tension, be kind to themselves and find quietness of mind.
Mind-body integration, or somatic practices are used in class help to calm the nervous system. For this reason, Anne’s classes may suit those who want to really let go and relax. It’s important to Anne to create the right atmosphere in class so that it feels supportive and safe enough to explore movement that supports mentally and physically.
One to one sessions are available for students for whom attendance at a group class for health or other reasons is more appealing. Anne loves working with students on this basis and thoroughly researches health conditions that students may have so that the practice is always appropriate to the individual.
It would be wrong to suggest that Anne’s classes are never challenging – though the aim is always that students are encouraged to find safe and compassionate ways to practice that honour their bodies in the here and now. Anne feels passionately about encouraging students to take agency and find safety in their practice. She is all too aware of how power dynamics in groups can lead people into practices that might not be the best thing for them.
Anne was awarded her SCQF level 8 COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills in 2013. (COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland). She finds that the training allows her to appreciate issues that students could bring into class, even though they may not discuss them. It also means that she takes informed steps to create an environment and use language that feels supportive and safe.
Completing Yoga Scotland’s life-changing and challenging 500 hour teaching complemented the counselling skills. In Summer 2020, Anne became certified to teach yoga to NHS patients on social prescription – the 10 week Yoga4Health programme. Anne is adding to her education with formal continuing professional development (as required by Yoga Scotland). She also enjoys exploring movement and current developments in neuroscience in her own time.
Anne is insured and has an up to date First Aid Certificate. She completed a Safeguarding course in December 2020 and has had a Disclosure Scotland criminal record check.
Anne has been practicing yoga for over 25 years. Like many, she was initially attracted to the discipline for its physical benefits, only vaguely aware that it could also be good for one’s mental health. However, in class, she experienced profound moments of collected stillness – a clear message that yoga is so much more than just exercise!