Category Archives: Yoga Therapy for the Mind / Minded Yoga

As a Yoga Therapist for Mental Health (using a unique blend of yoga, psychotherapy, neuroscience and mindfulness to support people with stress, anxiety, depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)), this section will share tips and links to help you use your body and breath to change the way you feel

Feel Better Every Day on Sea – sessions now available in Frinton

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My main client space remains Witham, with the Feel Better Every Day Consultancy on the high street but, in recent months, I’ve been offering a few sessions a week from Colchester (and am starting teaching a Sleep Yoga class there in January).

As of this week, am delighted to be offering a few sessions a week from Frinton on Sea on Essex’s Sunshine Coast. The Connaught Clinic is just a few moments from the seafront and a short walk from the station.

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 Find out more HERE and, of course, let me know if you have any questions or would like to book an initial session with me.

love,

Eve

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New Sleep Yoga class in Colchester – book now

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Really looking forward to starting a new class in January. There are only a few places so please book early if you’d like to join us.

Click HERE for more information and to book.

Are you happy with the sleep you’re getting? Learn side-effect free tools.

love,

Eve

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RIP Dr Masaru Emoto

Sad to hear of his passing but very grateful for his work. Due to his research, we know that water actually changes chemical structure depending on the thoughts people think around it. As Louise Hay said, when we smile at water, it smiles back. When we hate it, it cringes.

Obviously, this has enormous applications for humans as water makes up so much of us.

How are we talking to ourselves? When using words of self-loathing, what’s happening physiologically? How can we be kinder to ourselves? Notice your self-talk and make it as compassionate as you can.

Find out more about Dr Emoto’s pioneering work by clicking here or watching this video.

Metta,

Eve
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Early bird discounts for upcoming yoga therapy courses and workshops (for stress, anxiety and depression; better sleep and rebalancing the chakras)

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There’s still some availability for my next Yoga Therapy for the Mind 8 Week Course for Stress, Anxiety and Depression (starting on Monday, 8th September).

And I’m also taking bookings for my Better Sleep workshop on Saturday, 6th December (and the 6 Week Course which starts on 9th January, 2015) and Chakra workshop on Saturday, 22nd November (and the 7 Week Course starts on Tuesday, 6th January, 2015).

Find out about early bird discounts and more by clicking here

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Click here for more information.

Do get in touch if you have any questions or would like to chat about them.

Metta,

Eve
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Early bird discount ends on 15th June – find out more and book today

The coming three courses’ early bird discount ends soon.

1) If you’re interested in learning more about the chakras and how to use them (exploring using yoga, crystals, NLP coaching, EFT and more), this may be of interest:

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2) If sleep is an issue, you’ll learn practical tools (including yoga) to support you for the rest of your life on my sleep course and workshops:

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3) And if you’re stressed, anxious or depressed and want to learn how to support yourself through it, the Yoga Therapy for the Mind 8 Week Course for Stress, Anxiety and Depression may be of interest:

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Do get in touch if you have any questions or would like to apply for a place.

I look forward to sharing these tools with you :)

Metta x

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What might help you recover and ‘repair’? (some inspiration from Gabriel Byrne)

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The delightful Gabriel Byrne is back on UK screens on Sunday in the new 3 part drama, Quirke (pictured).

In an interview with Total TV Guide, he talked about the healthy anger he still felt towards the men who abused him as a child. Asked if he still got angry thinking about his past, Byrne said, ‘Yeah, I think so – but it’s a healthy kind of anger. A drive to repair oneself and to ensure that, hopefully, it ends here.’

Whatever trauma/s you’ve been through, remember that you have survived. You are safe now. You too can recover and ‘repair’. And you deserve whatever support you need to make the process more manageable for you.

Yes, it can feel infuriating to think how challenging simple things (staying alive) have been. Survivors can spend a lifetime just surviving. But that’s no small thing.

What does recovery mean to you?

What can you do to support your own reparation process?

Have you been able to (safely and healthily) express your own anger at the injustice and cruelty of it all? There may be many levels to your anger, not just at the perpetrators and systems that allowed it but the people you love who didn’t protect you.

What happens in your life today that is a hangover from that?

Even if it feels completely beyond your reach, what would you like life to look like?

It may be having even one day when you don’t think about the trauma/s or where those thoughts aren’t so triggering…

And if you’d like my support with any such issues, find out more at ptsdwitham.co.uk and get in touch today.

Metta x

Image courtesy of byrneholics.com

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One Billion Rising – Embodied dancing to end rape, abuse and injustice this Valentine’s Day

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You might be interested in this Guardian interview with Eve Ensler by Decca Aitkenhead about becoming embodied, recovery from trauma and abuse and how it’s not enough to think but important to use our whole selves and dance for change and justice (as well as to shift our own energy and empower ourselves).

I met Eve Ensler in New York at her V-Day conference (the first day of my being freelance, in September 2004) and she’s been a huge inspiration to me since first reading her words. Last year, I went to one of the London events for One Billion Rising but this year, I think I’ll just dedicate one of my mini dance breaks to the cause.

Whether you can get to an organised event or just feel like marking it privately, take some time to honour your body and do something that feels good for every cell.

It may be dancing, it might be some yoga, maybe going for a walk or run or simply learning to pause (as often as possible, perhaps set an alarm a few times a day to get into the habit) and notice what’s going on in your body as well as your feelings, spirit and mind.

If you notice anger, you might want to dance or stamp your feet (as with Resolution Magic) to honour the feelings while releasing the stress hormones (and, where trauma is involved, help yourself get back into your body, empowering yourself to shout and stamp and know that you’ve survived and are OK. You are more than the trauma/s).

And whatever’s going on for you, whether you’re one of the 1 in 3 or you’re concerned about loved one/s and you don’t know what do or say (or there’s no trauma but you’re simply having an off day) sending yourself and others Metta (loving kindness) can begin to shift and improve things, too.

Metta x

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How does your body want to move / stretch today?

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Rainbow MagnifiCat – Kitten does Child pose (ish)

Much as I love actual yoga asana practice, the biggest gift it’s given me is to tune into how I need to move even when not doing yoga (that makes it sound like I spend hours a day doing yoga and that the time I spend hunched over my laptop or sitting/standing is less common – the opposite is truer.)

I used to not know how to move at all. That sounds melodramatic but, having been really sporty (gymnastics, baseball etc) as a kid, I remember going through a phase when I was about 13 where I couldn’t walk properly.

My arms would be rigidly held by my side but when people pointed it out, I didn’t know what they were talking about as it felt natural. As in, I knew I wasn’t doing it ‘right’ but had no clue how to do this most simple of movements.

A super-confident friend of mine showed me how to walk. I remember her showing me how to swing the opposite arm with leg and my pretending to be normal.

But it’s really only in the past decade or so that I’ve learned to not care so much. Sure, a part of me is mortified to remember last Saturday night’s gallops (like a small child playing Horses) at a party while others followed the dance instructions with way more elegance but it was So Much Fun, I didn’t care.

Similarly, when I attended ballet classes for adults in my 20s (and Salsa and Line Dancing in my 30s), I felt like a female Frankenstein’s monster. But it was all a lot of fun. And any kind of dance or yoga class, where we’re learning new ways to time and co-ordinate movement, helps create new neural pathways, encourages neuroplasticity and can strengthen the cerebellum.

Similarly, when the garden’s dry enough for cartwheels and handstands against the wall, I honour my body’s wish do move in this way and ignore potential embarrassment. (I dare you to try and keep a straight, serious face while cartwheeling – bet you won’t be able to stop beaming. And, if the idea of such movement doesn’t make you smile, don’t do it – pay attention to your own body not what anyone else is saying.)

So even if you have no intention of ever attending a yoga class, I hope you’ll take a moment to just tune into what will help you right now.

Standing up and stretching?

Having a mini dance break?

Having a nap?

Going for a run/swim/bike ride/walk/climb?

Even doing some push ups?

Watching Rainbow charging around like one of the kittens (seriously, for a tiny beast, she sounds like a horse) of the apocalypse one minute then snoozing the next, I know I have a long way to go but even on days when movement is more restricted, honouring that later with a swim or longer yoga practice makes it all OK.

Metta x

Image (c) Eve Menezes Cunningham 2014

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Integrative coach-therapy in Witham, Essex (and everywhere via telephone and Skype)

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If you’re not sure whether you want coaching or counselling, you might be interested in finding out more about coach-therapy. This allows the focus to shift as you change and develop.

There’s an old coaching metaphor about someone being hit by a poison arrow and being asked loads of questions about where the arrow came from and so on (with the implication being that a coach would simply remove the arrow and sort the poison).

But that doesn’t give the whole story. Many of us have deeper issues. Coaching alone may not go deep enough meaning changes may be too much on the surface (less likely to last).

If we go back to that same spot and keep being hit by arrows, just dealing with the arrow might begin to seem futile. A counsellor would want to explore these unconscious motivations – what’s keeping you stuck in this old pattern?

Coach-therapy offers both approaches at different stages. While dealing with whatever you want to improve, if deeper issues surface, they can be addressed (if you want to), too, without your needing to be referred to a different therapist.

Click here to find out more and do get in touch if you’d like to chat about how integrative coach-therapy (or any of my Feel Better Every Day Consultancy services can help you get more out of life)

Metta x


Image courtesy of Anusorn P nacho / freedigitalphotos.net

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Some benefits of Energy Psychologies my column for Natural Health (February 2014)

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‘Therapy doesn’t have to be painful’ – Phil Mollon, author of Energy Psychotherapy. Click above if you’d like to read the full column.

Metta x

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