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Who am I?

My name is Hayley, I am a Yoga Teacher, Massage Therapist, and Wellness Practitioner.

Over the last 6 years I have been exploring and studying ways to improve health and wellbeing. I trained to become a Yoga Teacher in 2019 in the tradition of Ashatnga and have continued to study in this and other traditions.

 

 

Tattvaa Yogashala in Rishikesh, India 300Hrs Yoga Alliance Accredited

 

 

 

Yoga Teacher

I think yoga chose me, not vice versa!

I took a sabbatical from high school teaching in 2019 with the intention of learning to teach yoga in school.

I planned to travel, eat curry, visit New Zealand then return to my teaching job and slot back into 'normal life' ...then...I changed, and the world changed...and everything changed!

People I knew were curious about the benefits of yoga I had experienced and asked me to teach yoga. I resisted, more people asked me to teach yoga and here I am.

I am grateful to all those who have supported me, encouraged me, helped me and guided me as I have learned to teach Yoga in a way that I hope is true to the traditions I have studied but accessible to people who live in a Western world.

I have practised yoga for 20 years, initially to unwind from teaching in a high school, later as a strength and conditioning practise to prepare and recover from ultra distance fell running.

In my view Yoga is not just what happens in one class or session; when you learn how to listen to your own body and develop a deeper understanding of your mind it leads to a more connected, creative, inspired life.

Training

I trained as a Yoga teacher in the Ashtanga tradition in Rishikesh, India in 2019 and have explored other traditions including Dru, Iyengar, Hatha, Kundalini and Yin. I have also studied Yoga Based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and gained a practitioner diploma in Trauma Informed Schools. 

I continue to study Ashtanga Yoga in the Gitananda tradition, it really appeals to my interest in the science of yoga.

Why I teach

I have experienced the benefits myself and now I get to see them in others; my students tell me of improved sleep, improved mindset, ability to relax and improved strength and flexibility.

My aim is to introduce people to ways they can improve their health on all levels so the classes are inclusive, fun, interesting and challenging.

Qualifications
Yoga teacher

Masseur
I have experienced many types of treatments for injury, aches, pains and general wellbeing. Acupuncture, reiki, sports massage, Thai massage....

Some experiences were excruciating, some soothing, some magical and some... interesting! and I often massaged myself to relieve muscles sore from running, climbing, swimming, racing. I massaged friends and family because it feels good and relieves stress and pain.

Touch is one of the first senses we experience when we are born, it brings us back to our bodies and helps the brain become aware of areas that need healing or care.

I knew I wanted to train as a masseur and initially learned deep tissue massage, then I found Ayurvedic Yoga Massage (thankyou Jill Blandford) and knew I had found 'The One' in my experience there is nothing quite like it. it is a holistic treatment that does far more than treat the muscles.

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Forest Wellness

I love being outside! When I ask people where their 'happy place' place is, most people describe a scenario in which they are outside in the elements.

I love the way I feel when I am moving my body outside - running, climbing, cycling. I sleep so well in a tent next to the ground and the best ideas come to me when |I find my flow, just breathing, moving, being, noticing, not thinking.

This is why I trained as a forest school leader and offer fun or therapeutic sessions in the hills, forests and trails. I have seen huge benefits in adults and children; naturally soothed and stimulated they gain confidence, become more inquisitive, more creative and playful. Life becomes an adventure.... infinite possibilities!

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Just because I can!

I love the experiences life has to offer, I love to learn. Although I like to do what I am comfortable with I often throw myself out of the comfort zone into the panic zone to find out what I can't do!

My my mind is full of ideas...'what if?' 'maybe I could' I am incredibly grateful for what I have, and I appreciate the wonderful life I have but I know there are so many ways to live and I like to try them!

fermenting, macrame, painting, crafting, yantra, running, climbing, cycling, adventure, swimming, travelling. Festivals, reading, drawing, chatting, dozing,

Family, friends, dancing

Ice cream!

I don't know how long I will be alive for and I know my body and mind will not be the same forever, so I compare my life to the running adventures I have had and the races I've done. I want to pace myself, I want to enjoy the process and the training even when it's tough, and when I cross that line I want to finish with a sense of 'I have tried my best for myself and my team and have nothing left to give'.

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