(including Mindfulness and Positivity Training)
If you’re experiencing stressful areas anywhere throughout your life and relationship(s),
and you want to work on achieving less stress, then please read on about
my stress management coaching and Strala Yoga...
As you'll see from reading through my website, I'm passionate about stress management – whether it’s achieved through coaching for specific areas of stress, or more generally through Strala Yoga (please see the Strala Yoga section below). I love the huge improvement in life quality and mind-body wellness that can occur over time as stress levels are reduced.
As a coach I focus on helping you to develop effective stress management across absolutely any area(s) of your life where you are currently experiencing stress. This includes in your work / career, health and wellness, family, friendships, communication, education, and in areas of your sexuality and relating. If you’re not sure whether I can assist you with your particular stress problem, then please do contact me and ask me about it. I'm always happy to talk with you / reply to your questions and enquiries, with absolutely no obligation on you whatsoever.
Holding a professional MA Counselling and Psychotherapy degree, I have a long history as a skilled helper in education and psychological health / mind-body wellness. I entered integrative counselling and psychotherapy training in 1998, coming from the background of being a US-UK Fulbright Award-winning secondary and special education teacher between 1975-1999. As an educator I had worked predominantly with disadvantaged, often highly stressed, anxious and insecure UK and US teenagers experiencing significant social, emotional and educational problems. In 2000 I opened my first UK-based private integrative counselling / therapy and coaching practice. My particular emphasis was on helping adult individuals and couples resolve or manage stressful experiences and issues, particularly those of anxiety and low self-esteem, and issues arising from sexual relationships and / or sexual abuse as adults or children. Similarly, my coaching focused on helping clients achieve their goals of self-development in stress management, and in stressful areas of sexuality and relating.
After enjoying my combination of coaching and counselling with adult individuals and relationship couples for thirteen years, I reached a point where I wanted to focus entirely on stress management throughout the whole spectrum of adult life, including sexuality and relating. Around this same point in time, due to personal events in my life, I was also developing a strong interest in the positive effects of yoga and tai chi for stress release and mind-body wellness. Therefore, in 2013 I closed down my counselling services permanently in order to focus entirely on stress management coaching and, later, the combined adjunct use of Strala Yoga within my coaching work.
To read in more detail about my stress management coaching services and approach please follow this link. If you'd like to find out more about the dangers of stress, then this link will take you to my section focusing on stress and its effects on mind and body. To find out more about my background, and professional qualifications, please click here. And, finally, please continue reading below for more information, and links, regarding the gentle, very calming style of Strala Yoga classes that I offer.
classes and private sessions
Moving gently, with ease, a fusion of yoga and tai chi,
for the most fun kind of stress management and overall
mind-body wellness that's possible
Having almost completed adjunct training as a Strala Yoga Guide, I’ll soon be thrilled to offer you gentle, calming Strala Yoga sessions as a general help for your personal stress management, and for improved overall mind-body wellness. My classes will be especially suited for beginners wishing to start Strala, and for people of any age, physical build or fitness level with bodily stiffness and / or emotional stress and tension, who wish to improve overall mind and body wellness.
These classes will focus on easing your stress levels down gradually to more tolerable levels, and helping you learn to move more easily with less stiffness and bodily tension. Strala is, most definitely, the world's most relaxed and fun form of yoga that absolutely anyone can do. Please read on to find out more about Strala Yoga, and how you can enjoy what Strala has to offer in my classes. This can be either for you privately as an individual, as a couple, or as part of a small group.
Strala Yoga is a form of gentle and calming mind-body exercise that may help you greatly in managing your general stress and increasing your overall mind-body wellness in so many areas of your mental and physical being.
If you practice Strala Yoga consistently, as well as helping to connect your mind and body together through breath and movement, it will also decrease physical tension in your body -- thereby helping even more to switch off your body's stress response. And, it will also help you to increase your range of bodily motion, and allow you to move with greater ease. All of these mental and physical changes to your mind and body combined are what I'm referring to when stating that Strala Yoga will improve your overall mind-body wellness.
Whatever your age or physical condition, learn to manage your stress with combinations of breathing and natural movement in Strala Yoga. At the same time, gradually lose bodily tensions, become fitter and improve your all round mind-body wellness. Strala is all about using combinations of breath, feeling, and natural movement to:
Everything you’ve got,
As far as you can,
In every direction you can."
As a stress management professional, coming from a long background of working psychologically with my clients to help them manage their stressful and anxiety-creating areas of life, what do I think of Strala? Well, in my own life I personally do Strala Yoga for a minimum of 30 minutes each day -- usually longer. In fact, I've been doing daily yoga since 2011, mostly Strala. That's what tempted me to train as a Strala Yoga Guide and offer this to others, as an adjunct component of helping people with their stressful lives.
Strala Yoga, combined with breathing techniques and the other strategies that I use with my coaching clients, has enabled me to de-stress my own life almost totally, and -- after ten years on hypertension medication, solely because of stress -- these combinations made it possible in 2014 for me to withdraw safely from all medication. Strala also has increased my physical wellness by developing core stability and strength in my body, improving my posture, and releasing a trapped sciatic nerve -- thereby removing an incredibly painful and restrictive incapacity from my life. No wonder that I now wish to share this with others.
I will eventually lead / guide these sessions in our home studio that I share with my Pilates and Sports Yoga qualified partner, Lynne-Marie, or at a suitable local venue. You need to be able to move freely, so simply wear loose clothing of whatever kind you feel comfortable in, or your workout kit, or go the whole hog and jump into your lycra! I really don't mind. Bare feet is probably best, but toe sox can also be good for some people (I often wear these). There are no dress rules. If it works safely and comfortably for you, then it works for me.
And, I wish to stress a point here regarding my respect for your personal physical / bodily boundaries.
As a former integrative counsellor and experienced life coach, used to working in-depth with people who have suffered greatly through sexual abuse and unconsented physical and psychological boundary infringements, during coaching or Strala Yoga with me I will NEVER make physical contact with you without receiving your consent. I know that yoga classes often require physical contact, but this NEVER occurs in my classes without your consent. I respect, and wish to validate completely everyone’s right to maintain their own established boundaries. I also appreciate that, in many cases, once you are touched without consent it’s already too late, since the traumatic effects of that unwanted touch cannot be undone. I understand how important this is to you, and I also understand how difficult it often is to construct your boundaries in the first place, let alone maintain your boundaries.
I can work with you as an individual, as a couple, or as a member of a group. And my sessions will be priced to be as affordable as I can make them, as low as £8 per person per group session, and up to £40 per hour for private one-on-one session, plus special rates for students. I want Strala's calming and relaxing overall wellness to be accessible to as many people as possible.
Is Strala hard, demanding and rigid in its approach? Not at all. Strala is based on moving softly with ease, through natural movement, developed from various combinations of yoga and tai chi, and it’s not like any yoga that you've ever done. Unlike in other forms of yoga, there are no physical / bodily adjustments ever done in Strala...Strala Guides will never grab hold of you and pull, push, twist you into a position that is supposedly “right” for your body! Relax. Just have fun and get into The Flow! These are fun and relaxed sessions, for grownups from 18 up to any age, and they require no previous experience of yoga or exercise at all. There are no hard poses to try and twist yourself into, no chanting, no judgmentality, and no competitiveness about who does "better" yoga, etc. In fact, there’s no right or wrong way of doing Strala, as long as it’s done safely within the Strala natural movement process, using Strala's eleven principles of natural movement.
Strala is all about gentle movement combined with breathing. It doesn't matter one little bit what body type you are, or what physical shape you are in. Strala is like no other yoga, because in Strala we each develop our own form and style -- the form that is right for your body will not be right for me. So, your movements and positions will look different from my mine because we are different people. And we should celebrate that because that's just as it should be.
Strala Yoga sessions for mind-body wellness
For a more detailed look at my background, vocational/professional qualifications, etc., please browse through my website, reading what I have written about Strala Yoga and stress in your life. Should you have any questions about my Strala Yoga sessions it will be my great pleasure to chat informally with you and answer them, either by phone, by email, or in person. Please contact me using the email form buttons on this page, or other contact information shown in the contact box.
To find out more about Strala Yoga from its creators, why not take a look at their New York-based website. I very much look forward to you joining me for Wellness Sessions with Strala!