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'YogasChittaVrttiNirodah-'
'Yoga stills the changing states of the mind.' - (Patanjali)


why yoga?


Many people associate the word yoga either with health and fitness or graceful acting postures and relaxation. True, but Yoga is much more. Yoga is a proven holistic tradition to enhance our overall wellbeing by harmonising body, mind and soul.  This leads to a realization of our inherit unity and connection with the entire cosmos. Everything is interconnected and we all are a spark of divinity. Wow, that is something!

You might have seen a Yoga image of a practitioner bending acrobatically in all directions and thought that’s not for you.  Quite contrary, Yoga is for everyone - all age groups and abilities- and is nurturing your body, mind and soul where you are at. In particular in times of crises and injury it had helped many to regain vitality, health and more peace of mind.Among the obvious positive effects of yoga like firm muscles and flexibility of the body there are a lot more benefits than you might know. Better concentration, more patience in day to day life, detoxifying the body, improved self-confidence, sense of grounding, creativity and sharpened intuition - just to name a few.

Please come along and discover its beauty and transformative power! Please see current courses at the time table. 
If you are interested in a particular theme and can’t find a current class or course please do not hesitate a get in touch. There is always an opportunity that a themed course is starting soon or I can signpost you in the network of the diverse Yoga community.
yoga
as social pedagogy
(Social Pedagogy offers)

I am a social pedagogue specialist in humanistic counselling, health promotion, education and community work. For over 20 years I have worked with children, young people and adults in various social care settings. After moving to the UK in 2008 I have worked in two projects introducing social pedagogy into residential care and into foster care.

My passion for social justice and the wish to contribute to other peoples' wellbeing informed my choice to become a Social Pedagogue many years ago and have been strong drivers of my practice since.  I deeply enjoy seeing people flourish, actively taking responsibility for their lives and embracing change.

I am working alongside people in this processes and share the joy as well as the pain on those journeys.  With various creative methods I provide a safe space to discover ones inner resources, resilience and unique strengths.

Being comfortable in the uncomfortable position of an active change agent with a good eye for systemic dynamics and a likeness of detailed exploration, I have inspired and nurtured Social pedagogy journeys in organisation of the social care sector.

I offer a wide range of Social Pedagogy work starting from individual case work with families, individual life coaching, over providing learning spaces for professionals to consultancy for organisation.  Please feel free to get in touch so we can explore and co-construct what Social pedagogy can contribute to what is needed in your or your organisation's specific context.
timetable for yoga


*courses are essential to book before. Please get in touch if you have question regarding timings and concessions.
** Drop-in class no booking required, you can just turn up for the class.

Yoga for Beginners

Yoga for Beginners

An introduction to Yoga with exercises (asanas), breath work and meditation.  The main focus is on learning body postures, reconnect to your breath and to relax. In each session little chunks of Yoga philosophy are shared translated into our day-to-day life experiences. This is a good place to start from when you are looking for some balance to stress and want to start nurture your body. A great way to make yourself familiar with Yoga and learn its basics.

Yoga for Mixed Level Practitioners

Yoga for Mixed Level Practitioners

You have practiced Yoga for a while and like to improve your practice and deepen your understanding of Yoga and how to apply it for your day to day life than this are the sessions to join. My love for stories and poetry weaves together with the theory and practice of Yoga and gives each session a particular theme which will give some inspiration for contemplation nurturing your growth and wellbeing.  The asana practice is progressing to more advanced poses as well as to more specific breath work and meditation.

Yoga for Children and Teenagers

Yoga for Children and Teenagers

In today's performance-oriented time with its variety of everyday demands- often very stressful - Yoga provides an excellent balance for children and teens.
It’s a lot of fun for kids to try out yoga exercises such as cat, dog &co. Children love to connect Yoga poses with stories. 

Yoga offers a way to grow up healthy and relaxed.  Countless studies demonstrate the clearly positive effects of yoga for children already from the age of three years.  Yoga for children improves body and sensory perception, relieves aggression and anxieties as well increases self-esteem and concentration. Uppermost it brings fun and is a lovely time spend with peers.

Yoga for teens offers a break from any worries, the pressure to perform and from lots of sitting. Through movement and relaxation exercises you learn the balancing effect of yoga and can just enjoy to be yourself. Teen time is a time of change. Yoga is nurturing the love and respect of one’s body and enhances a good self-esteem rather than being depended on the approval of others. Yoga can help mastering challenges at school and at home with patience and humour and to develop a healthy attitude to deal with pressure. It will promote the awareness for oneself and the connection with others so one feels less alone.

Yoga at School

Yoga at School

Based on the benefits of Yoga for children and teens I offer to facilitate Yoga clubs at schools or taster sessions in particular themed school programmes. Lots of research has proven that Yoga and Mindfulness at school enhances the way children and teenager cope with stress they experiencing in the school environment in particular on an emotional and mental level. Please get in touch if you like to learn more about research and to explore if this is something your school can benefit from.

Yoga for the Young at Heart

Yoga for the Young at Heart

“Yoga is just something for the younger once” is something I have heard very often and as often I have to disagree. Yoga can be practice at any age and offers in particular a wonderful nurturingand rejuvenating practice of movements and breathing when you are older and possibly experience some health restriction. Yoga has proven to support many chronical conditions and keeps you fit in body and mind in a gentle and accessible way.

Yoga for Mum and Baby

Yoga for Mum & Baby

The arrival of a precious little one is a life changing experience and a time full of amazing discoveries. Mum and Baby get to know each other and building a strong bond which will carry through life.

This course offers Mum’s a yoga session which is tailored to the needs of woman after pregnancy and babies in the first year (approx. 2 month - 12 month). A wonderful way to bond with your baby, relaxing together, gentle touch, fun and at the same time effective strengthening of the body with asana supporting carefully to get back in shape after birth.

Yoga in Precarious Times

Yoga in Precarious Times - A Course to Support Woman recovering from Breast Cancer

The diagnosis breast cancer is the beginning of a time of various often very invasive treatments which can result in decrease of mobility, numbness of arm, shoulder and chest and may accompanied by an overall loss of balance, energy and strength. Equally it can be an emotionally challenging time filled with uncertainty, anxieties and worries.

All of those conditions need not to be permanent. Yoga can offer support with the recovery on many levels, enhancing a sense of calm and equanimity in this precarious time.  Research has shown that Yoga helps against the persistent exhaustion many woman describe from the breast cancer treatments, and enhances a sense of calm and wellbeing. 

The course aims to rebuild health and mobility and allows time to reflect and reconnect with body, mind and soul.
The course is suitable as soon as chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatments are over. Please get in touch to discuss your individual circumstances as in some cases you may able to practice whilst in radiotherapy.

Yoga One-to-One

Yoga One-to-One

These hours you can set individually priorities. We can address various themes which are relevant to you.  This can range from body-oriented issues such as the spine or posture to personal issues such as femininity or burn out. I am happy to create individual training sequence for you and also can come to your home if that is more convenient for you.
Monday 10 am - 11.15 am Restorative Yoga
6.15 pm - 7.30 pm, 7.45 pm - 9 pm Yoga for All
at the Family Chiropractic Centre Melksham (course)
12.15 pm - 1.30 pm Wellbeing despite cancer (course)
at the Santosha Studio - click here for information
Tuesday 10 am - 11.15 am Wellbeing despite cancer (course)
at the Santosha Studio
6 pm - 7.15 pm Yoga Level 2
at the Santosha Yoga Studio
Wednesday 6.15 pm - 7.30 pm Yoga for All
at the Family Chiropractic centre (course)
Fridays 3.35 pm - 4.20 pm  Children’s Yoga
4.30 pm - 5.30 pm Teen Yoga
at the Santosha Studio Chippenham (course)
Saturday 9.15 am - 10.30 am Yoga drop in class Level 1/2
at the Santosha Studio Chippenham (every other week alternating with Emma Goodwin)
10:45 am - 12 noon Yoga for beginners
at the Santosha Studio Chippenham (Course, every other month alternating with Fiona McIntosh)
Sunday Sunday Yin - a monthly Yoga workshop practicing Yin Yoga only
26th of May, 23rd of June, 22th of September, 27th of October, 24th of November, 22nd of December
Learn more about my class and course concepts
Yoga for Beginners


An introduction to Yoga with exercises (asanas), breath work and meditation. The main focus is on learning body postures, reconnect to your breath and to relax. In each session little chunks of Yoga philosophy are shared translated into our day-to-day life experiences. This is a good place to start from when you are looking for some balance to stress and want to start nurture your body. A great way to make yourself familiar with Yoga and learn its basics.
Yoga for Mixed Level Practitioners


You have practiced Yoga for a while and like to improve your practice and deepen your understanding of Yoga and how to apply it for your day to day life than this are the sessions to join. My love for stories and poetry weaves together with the theory and practice of Yoga and gives each session a particular theme which will give some inspiration for contemplation nurturing your growth and wellbeing.  The asana practice is progressing to more advanced poses as well as to more specific breath work and meditation.
Yoga for Children and Teenagers


In today's performance-oriented time with its variety of everyday demands- often very stressful - Yoga provides an excellent balance for children and teens.
It’s a lot of fun for kids to try out yoga exercises such as cat, dog &co. Children love to connect Yoga poses with stories. 

Yoga offers a way to grow up healthy and relaxed.  Countless studies demonstrate the clearly positive effects of yoga for children already from the age of three years.  Yoga for children improves body and sensory perception, relieves aggression and anxieties as well increases self-esteem and concentration. Uppermost it brings fun and is a lovely time spend with peers.

Yoga for teens offers a break from any worries, the pressure to perform and from lots of sitting. Through movement and relaxation exercises you learn the balancing effect of yoga and can just enjoy to be yourself. Teen time is a time of change. Yoga is nurturing the love and respect of one’s body and enhances a good self-esteem rather than being depended on the approval of others. Yoga can help mastering challenges at school and at home with patience and humour and to develop a healthy attitude to deal with pressure. It will promote the awareness for oneself and the connection with others so one feels less alone.
Yoga at School


Based on the benefits of Yoga for children and teens I offer to facilitate Yoga clubs at schools or taster sessions in particular themed school programmes. Lots of research has proven that Yoga and Mindfulness at school enhances the way children and teenager cope with stress they experiencing in the school environment in particular on an emotional and mental level. Please get in touch if you like to learn more about research and to explore if this is something your school can benefit from.
Yin Yoga


Yin Yoga, as a practice for deep inner peace and relaxation invites us to reconnect in a gentle and compassionate way with our body, mind and soul. By holding poses for a longer period it increases our ability to be in the present moment and slowly brings us closer to our authentic self.

Yin Yoga invites us to meet our inner resistance and shows us how to find a place of comfort in a not-so-comfortable place as well as noticing our thoughts and reactions from a perspective of calmness. Yin Yoga stretches and targets both the deep connective tissues between the muscles, and the fascia throughout the body with the aim to restore a healthy range of motion, to unblock the flow of nutrients and energy through the body, and to draw you deeper and deeper into the parasympathetic, or relaxation, mode.

A wonderful practice to recharge and give back to your body, mind, and spirit when life gets busy, demanding or overwhelming.

Yoga in Precarious Times - A Course to Support Woman recovering from Breast Cancer


The diagnosis breast cancer is the beginning of a time of various often very invasive treatments which can result in decrease of mobility, numbness of arm, shoulder and chest and may accompanied by an overall loss of balance, energy and strength. Equally it can be an emotionally challenging time filled with uncertainty, anxieties and worries.

All of those conditions need not to be permanent. Yoga can offer support with the recovery on many levels, enhancing a sense of calm and equanimity in this precarious time.  Research has shown that Yoga helps against the persistent exhaustion many woman describe from the breast cancer treatments, and enhances a sense of calm and wellbeing. 

The course aims to rebuild health and mobility and allows time to reflect and reconnect with body, mind and soul.
The course is suitable as soon as chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatments are over. Please get in touch to discuss your individual circumstances as in some cases you may able to practice whilst in radiotherapy.
Yoga for Mum & Baby


The arrival of a precious little one is a life changing experience and a time full of amazing discoveries. Mum and Baby get to know each other and building a strong bond which will carry through life.

This course offers Mum’s a yoga session which is tailored to the needs of woman after pregnancy and babies in the first year (approx. 2 month - 12 month). A wonderful way to bond with your baby, relaxing together, gentle touch, fun and at the same time effective strengthening of the body with asana supporting carefully to get back in shape after birth.
Yoga One-to-One


These hours you can set individually priorities. We can address various themes which are relevant to you.  This can range from body-oriented issues such as the spine or posture to personal issues such as femininity or burn out. I am happy to create individual training sequence for you and also can come to your home if that is more convenient for you.
 
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