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Welcome to the Home Page of The Mindful Body, Feldenkrais and Yoga in Sheffield.

I am a qualified teacher of The Feldenkrais Method and I teach classes, workshops and individual sessions in and around the Sheffield area. I also travel to colleges and universities to teach specialist modules for dancers, actors and musicians.  If you are interested in learning more about The Feldenkrais Method,  please follow the different pages on this website. If you would like to book a class for yourself or for a group of people, then you can go straight to my Classes page to book or leave a message.

I am also a qualified teacher of Hatha Yoga and again, I teach classes for individuals and groups in and around Sheffield. I am passionate about people finding physical and mental wellness through movement and my style of teaching yoga encourages you to find ease, comfort and confidence in the physical postures as well as discovering the benefits of relaxation and mindfulness. You can find out more on my Classes page and on my Yoga and Feldenkrais page.

I hope you enjoy looking through this website, if you’ve questions or comments, please go to the Contact page and leave me a message.

Extra Classes during International Feldenkrais Week

Each year, Feldenkrais teachers and practitioners use the anniversary of Moshe Feldenkrais’s birthday (6th May) to put on special events in order to raise awareness of The Feldenkrais Method across the world. I’m joining in with this by adding a series of mini workshops every day from 4-8 May 2020. Here are the details:

Daily:  4th – 7th May from 12 -12.30pm.  Home Office.
Working from home can be a pain in the neck – literally! This short lunch-time session will bring relief as I guide you through some short sequences to release your neck and shoulders.

Mini workshops:
Monday 4th May 6-6.30pm  Ease Your Lower Back
Too much time sitting down? Overdone the gardening? This mini workshop will relax your lower back and help you move more easily.
Tuesday 5th May 6-6.30pm  Release Your Neck and Shoulders.
Tension in the neck and shoulders can restrict all your movement and lead to headaches and a general sense of discomfort. This mini workshop will help you release tense muscles and improve your range of movement.
Wednesday 6th May 6-6.45pm Fully Functional Knees, Feet & Ankles
A short form of this ever popular workshop! Here you will discover how to reduce stress and pain in your knees by improving your flexibility in feet and ankles.
Thursday 7th May 6-6.45pm Happier Hips
Stiffness in your hips affects walking, running and your yoga practice as well as adding to knee strain. This mini workshop will give you a greater sense of flexibility and connection in your pelvis
Friday 8th May 6-6.45pm Moving with your Whole Body
Reconnect with the joy of flexible, integrated movement and lose the creakiness! A lovely way to end your week.

You can book for one or all of these sessions by following my scheduling link here

Happy Birthday Moshe!

INTERNATIONAL FELDENKRAIS WEEK 2-9th APRIL 2020

Each year, Feldenkrais teachers and practitioners use the anniversary of Moshe Feldenkrais’s birthday (6th May) to put on special events in order to raise awareness of The Feldenkrais Method across the world. I’m joining in with this by adding a series of mini workshops every day from 4-8 May 2020. Here are the details:
Daily:  4th – 7th May from 12 -12.30pm.  Home Office.
Working from home can be a pain in the neck – literally! This short lunch-time session will bring relief as I guide you through some short sequences to release your neck and shoulders.
Mini workshops:
Monday 4th May 6-6.45pm  Ease Your Lower Back
Too much time sitting down? Overdone the gardening? This mini workshop will relax your lower back and help you move more easily.
Tuesday 5th May 6-6.45pm  Release Your Neck and Shoulders.
Tension in the neck and shoulders can restrict all your movement and lead to headaches and a general sense of discomfort. This mini workshop will help you release tense muscles and improve your range of movement.
Wednesday 6th May 6-6.45pm Fully Functional Knees, Feet & Ankles
A short form of this ever popular workshop! Here you will discover how to reduce stress and pain in your knees by improving your flexibility in feet and ankles.
Thursday 7th May 6-6.45pm Happier Hips
Stiffness in your hips affects walking, running and your yoga practice as well as adding to knee strain. This mini workshop will give you a greater sense of flexibility and connection in your pelvis
Friday 8th May 6-6.45pm Moving with your Whole Body
Reconnect with the joy of flexible, integrated movement and lose the creakiness! A lovely way to end your week.
You can book for one or all of these sessions by following my scheduling link here

Friday Feldenkrais Online is still on every Friday from 11.15am – 12.15pm . Use your Class Pass for this class or buy a drop in ticket for £8 (new price for drop in online). Just download the Zoom app onto your laptop, computer or phone and then email me .  After I have your payment, I will send you a link to the class. Simple! Alternatively, you can go to my Acuity booking page here I have just started using Acuity as a booking system and so I’d welcome your feedback about this.

At Home On The Mat

I am a Feldenkrais teacher who also practices and teaches yoga. A few weeks ago, I was asked to write a short piece on maintaining a home yoga practice. I didn’t realise then how relevant this would become! I’ve copied the article here below. Grab a cuppa and have a read.

AT HOME ON THE MAT

What Brought me to Yoga 

Yoga is a journey and we are all beginners: my journey has now been nearly 30 years since I discovered yoga when working as a young actor. Someone taught me a Sun Salutation as an effective and quick way to warm up the body before performing. I quickly found that this simple repetitive sequence also calmed the mind and I adopted this as a ritual before auditions, performances and even interviews when I often found myself grabbing a little bit of floor space on a landing, a stairwell and even in a toilet. 10 years later,  I had a busy and stressful job as a theatre director and desperately needed some activity that wasn’t work related that I could do in my own time. I found a wonderful Iyengar yoga teacher called Arlette McKenzie in Bishops Stortford and became a regular at her weekly classes. Several jobs and several different yoga teachers later, I returned to Sheffield and signed up for Frances Homewood’s Wednesday class at the Sheffield Yoga Centre. I didn’t have a regular home practice at that point, but I found stretching through Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog) and into Balasana (Child’s Pose) extremely beneficial as a way to unwind the body and mind.

Committing to Home Practice 

What prompted me to start practising at home? I wanted to get better at yoga and I was finding the benefits of a stronger body and calmer mind quite addictive. It was very difficult to attend more than one class a week, so home practice was a logical progression. The first sign of commitment was buying a yoga mat from Yoga Studio, complete with handy carry bag – I still have it and it has proved very good value. The second thing was – what to do on the mat? I bought BKS Iyengar’s Yoga – The Path To Holistic Health and tried to follow some of the recommended sequences in this valuable if very weighty book. Later I bought Geeta Iyengar’s Yoga in Action: Preliminary Course. In her preface, Geeta says “Often when beginners attempt to practice on their own they have forgotten what they learnt in the class…this book will give guidance to them in their home practice, after they have first studied with the teacher in the class”  (my underlining).

I don’t think that there is any real substitute for a teacher in class who can see what is happening in my alignment, but the advantage of practicing at home is that I can take my time and try out different approaches to the poses, remembering the advice that I have been given in class. I am a trained Feldenkrais teacher which means that I believe that all bodywork is an individual learning process. There can be a sense of freedom and playfulness about spending your own time on the mat, wriggling in Marjaryasana (Cat Pose) and wobbling in Vrksana (Tree Pose) . As BKS Iyengar says: “Do not stop trying just because perfection eludes you”

Away from home, I have improvised yoga equipment using telephone directories and Gideon’s bible and discovered that bath mats really aren’t safe substitute for a yoga mat! I’ve discovered how to do Setubandha Sarvangasana ( Supported Bridge Pose) from a coffee table and that it’s always possible to find a chair to do seated twists on.  I’ve found that a full-size mat and carry bag can be quite bulky to take on any journeys and so my latest purchase has been a travel yoga mat which is quite a revelation – it folds up into a neat square and weights a mere 800g. One warning –  a potential hazard to doing mat work in your own home or in a hotel room is the close contact with a mucky carpet and a view of what’s hiding underneath the sofa.

Rules for practice: 

  1. Yoga is best done on an empty stomach and it is always easier to practice in the morning, even though I may be stiffer than later in the day.
  2. I will always feel better after practice than I did before
  3. A practice doesn’t have to be very long. It is better to do 10-15 minutes than put off doing anything because I haven’t got a spare hour.
  4. It’s all right to be playful and just wriggle about on the mat, letting my body fall into poses and balances
  5. Try to vary the poses in the practice and not just do the “easy” or familiar ones
  6. Don’t let the cat into the room while you practising. It’s incredibly difficult to breathe in shoulder stand when a friendly feline is sitting on your face
  7. Having a “beginner’s mind” is something that only comes with experience

ENJOY THE JOURNEY – NAMASTE!

Putting a Spring in Your Step!

Yes, apologies for the pun but here we are nearly at the end of a soggy February and many of us are looking forward to better days and drier weather. I’m grabbing any respite from the rain to get out in the fresh air – as we all now, daylight and the open air is good for our mental and physical health. My next workshop is all about better walking and running, whether you’re a couch potato that needs to find the propulsion to get up and go, an active walker/runner that keeps finding discomfort after activity or you would simply like to find a better swing to your stride, come along to “Improve Your Stride” on Saturday 7th March 2020 from 10.30-12.00pm. The workshop is at Remedy House, 24 Wilkinson Street S10 2GB and costs £20 per person or £36 for two. I guarantee you’ll feel the difference.