Kinesiology – Open Afternoon – Free 20 minute chats – 15th May 2019

So, what actually is Kinesiology? It’s a question that stumps many people – even clients who regularly come in for a session! Jeni, our new Systematic Kinesiologist, is offering FREE 20 minute sessions on Wednesday 15th May for you to find out more about whether Kinesiology can help you.


Book online or give us a call us on 01242 584140 to reserve your appointment!

Liver Qi – ‘The Energy Of Spring’

Liver Qi – ‘The Energy of Spring’

‘To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the Heaven’ – Ecclesiastes

Each season is imbued with the patterns of life, with Spring inspiring regeneration, restoration of spirit and  new beginnings.

 Springtime rituals occur in many cultures, in our own Christian tradition we have Lent, a six week observance before Easter, with the Springs Full Moon symbolising the principle of resurrection. These rituals give special attention to Liver health, detoxification and resurgence.

Spring carries a special resonance with Liver Qi in Classical Chinese thinking. To understand this traditional philosophy we need only to perceive our body-mind functions as an extension of the same informational processes we see throughout Nature.

The Chinese liken the cyclic, rhythmic movement of Qi to the procession of the seasons and use a system of correlation and correspondences to map out this Natural Order. So in the smaller diurnal cycle we observe the ‘energy’ of dawn, and the rousing of life in the larger round of Spring, in Humankind this particular process is named  after the Liver. They are fractals sharing and expressing the same underlying potential.

 Liver Qi / Spring finds its natural culmination as a vision and blossoming of the Heart / Summer.

Dylan Thomas encapsulates this movement of life in poetic form:

“The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower”

This Force in our bodies is the evenly measured circulation of Qi & Blood; its lymph and nutrient flow and the cleansing of toxins, Liver Qi ‘spreading and draining’ serving the upkeep of life.

And by extension the processing of mental and emotional toxins that pass through the heart and mind.

Happy Liver Qi is when we experience ourselves flowing through life with a sense of ease and clarity. With a balance of calming, nourishing Yin and progressive, lively Yang expressions helping us maintain a healthy lifestyle and balanced outlook.

But it’s easy to see how the Liver can become quickly depleted.

Modern lifestyles with an ever faster-pace and complexity, increasing pressures and competitive edges means Liver disharmony has become commonplace. We call it stress.

Liver Qi constraint and stagnation includes tension, fatigue, depression, mood swings, feeling overwhelmed, PMS and other hormonal imbalances, sluggish digestion-elimination, inflammation & pain in muscles and joints, headaches, and perhaps most notably impatience, frustration, irritability and anger.

The remedy is to understand the movement of life and honour its place and purpose. So what to do! How can we treasure and express it skilfully? The short answer is to retain an affinity for the YinYang themes of Liver/Spring.

The Liver is generally seen as a Yang Organ by temperament.

So for a start get moving! – it governs the ‘Muscular Forces’, a reference to our willowy suppleness, the woody forces of Spring.

Going on more hikes is ideal -there is a well known herbal mixture designed to treat Liver stagnation named ‘Rambling Powder’!

The action of walking, of swinging arms and legs, shoulders and hips opens the Liver/Gall Bladder Channels quite naturally and moves the Blood and Qi. Whilst the deep diaphragmatic breathing that accompanies walking massages the Liver.

Striding out on a path carries the psychological Liver themes of journeying with open eyes, being in the moment of life, dealing immediately with whatever presents itself as we go along.

It is the energy of ‘Zen mind, beginners mind’, open, keen, fresh. Our eyes are on the front of the head so we look forward.

There are other types of  rhythmic exercises with similar movement patterns that also open Liver/GB Channels… cycling, swimming.

And of course Qi Gong or Yoga release constrained Liver Qi, as does Massage since they open joints, lengthen tissues and promote circulation with a dynamic but calming tone, all Liver themes.

Traditionally the Liver was delegated ‘General of the Armed Forces’, a role of strategising with courage and decisiveness in action.

My favourite cricket player, Jos Buttler exemplifies this, he realised through many conversations with coaches and mentors that his optimal mental state for batting was to be bold and daring, so he has inscribed ‘F*ck It’ on the top of all his bat handles as a reminder not to play with the handbrake on! The Liver in its most Yang guise.

Nothing is so transformational as changing our underlying attitudes, the active force that sponsors our actions.

I was once given a herbal formula for Liver Qi stagnation called ‘Happy Free Wanderer’ and that captures the carefree spirit perfectly.

Can we put a stop to feeling fenced in; by time constraints, rules, regulations, social conventions, expectations and our own neurotic restrictions, can we put them down, throw caution to the wind.

The Chinese Classics talk about the Liver in these tones:

‘…at dawn one gets up,

One paces the courtyard with great strides,

Hair loose, body relaxed,

Exerting the will for life…’

We are seeking conscious companionship with Life in all its forms, so a great antidote to constrained Qi is to look out with wonder.

As Shunryu Suzuki reminds us ‘Wherever you are, you are One with the Clouds and one with the Sun and the Stars you see.’ 

We can choose happiness by cultivating a spirit of gratitude, and forgiving others as well as ourselves.

Nothing makes the Qi flow more than a helpful, co-operative effort, nothing treasures the Qi more than a warm hearted good-will.

Intention is ultimately what moves the Qi and our life forward.

Article by Jeff Docherty. Jeff teaches Qi Gong at Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre every Tuesday 12-1pm  



The secret to weight loss in your 40’s and beyond

Did you ever do a double take as you walked past a mirror and realise that THAT woman is actually you?  Sometimes it is almost as if your fat cells take on superpowers while you sleep, adding inches in the space of just a few hours.  How is it that all of those tricks you had up your sleeve in your 20s and 30s for quickly shaving off half a stone before the summer holidays just don’t work anymore, despite your dedication and willpower?

The ‘midlife’ years can be a challenge for all sorts of different reasons and, yes, weight loss IS harder. The rules are different when it comes to weight loss when you’re over 40, that’s for sure. Aside from diet, the seven remaining pieces of pie are thyroid hormones, the stress hormone cortisol, the fat storage hormone insulin, oestrogen, sleep, digestion and exercise.

It’s a path you need to navigate carefully to find your own magic formula, but losing weight, regaining your energy, getting back to your best is possible with the right advice, and some support along the way.

You may not have given your hormones a second thought before, but it is worth having some understanding of what’s going on chemically inside you and the impact it is having.

OESTROGEN – progesterone levels fall rapidly as you stop ovulating as regularly and, although oestrogen is decreasing too, it is falling at a slower rate, meaning that you can end up being oestrogen dominant (that is too much oestrogen in proportion to progesterone).

THYROID  – the thyroid is your internal motor and it comes under increased pressure in your 40s. Imagine a record playing at a reduced speed … That’s what happens when your thyroid is struggling to keep up. Low levels of thyroid hormones can bring mood changes, weight increases, constipation and a sluggish feeling.

Your hormones work together synergistically. When one or more is out of kilter, there is an effect on the others, too. This is especially true where the thyroid and adrenals are concerned.

CORTISOL – the stress hormone cortisol, made by the adrenal glands, can also increase (particularly if you are used to spinning too many plates), making sleep more difficult and leading to weight gain. We have not evolved a great deal since caveman times when the big stressor was the sabre-toothed tiger and we had to keep the energy round the middle so it could be easily accessed when we needed to run away!.

INSULIN is the hormone linked to diabetes, but it is also the fat storage hormone. As a double whammy, it additionally blocks fat burning. It is made by the body in response to the carbohydrates you eat. The more refined the carbs, the more insulin produced and the more fat is stored. As we age, the cells in our bodies can become less sensitive to insulin, so the pancreas needs to pump out more and more to get the same job done

DIGESTION If your digestive system is not working quite as it should, this can leave you feeling – and looking – bloated. Right now there is a lot of research into the microbiome (your gut environment), and there are proven links between the balance of bacteria in the gut and being overweight.

Anyone with an imbalance of good to bad bacteria in their large intestine will also find themselves absorbing up to 15% more calories from their food. So, if you are the kind of person who has suffered off and on with tummy troubles, it is worth talking to a nutrition professional to get things checked out. Symptoms worth investigating include gas, bloating, acid reflux, constipation (not going to the loo at least once a day) or diarrhoea (or alternating),  or feelings of nausea.

All this, and you might even be managing the symptoms of perimenopause, menopause and beyond. These include delights such as night sweats, erratic menstrual cycle, insomnia, bloating, cravings, headaches/migraines, overwhelm, irritability, mood swings, anxiety/depression, brain fog, poor memory, loss of sex drive, vaginal dryness, aging skin (and hair), joint pain and fatigue.

Most of the weight loss solutions you have likely tried were possibly not meant for you at your age.  What you need is a programme where we will work together to tackle all aspects of what suits you personally. The programme combines both diet and lifestyle elements, so we can work on your confidence as well as that expanding waistline. The food plan was designed for women of your age by women of your age.

Now is exactly the right time for a brand new you: new diet, new attitude and new healthy lifestyle habits.  Click here to book in for a free 20 minute health chat.



Top 10 Tips for Beating Colds & Flu

10 Top Tips for Beating Colds & Flu – February 5, 2019

When the temperature drops, the chance of you coming down with a cold or the flu increases significantly. It’s widely accepted you’ll get sick more often in the winter. That’s because you’re likely to be inside more and the common cold thrives better in dry air than where there’s humidity, and, when you spend more time indoors, you’re exposed to more germs.

Here’s something interesting about the common cold: when your core internal temperature falls after exposure to cold, the immune system’s ability to battle the rhinovirus (the virus that causes it) is also reduced. The immune system literally slows down. Cold feet may also play a part. In a recent study, researchers made students sit with their feet in cold water for 20 minutes. These students were found to be statistically much more likely to catch a cold in the next five days than the control group (those who didn’t have to sit with their feet in cold water).

The flu virus is also transmitted much faster when it’s cold out because the lipid (fatty) coating of the virus becomes more resilient the colder it gets. Your immune system is the most powerful weapon you have against disease. Strong immunity means that the body is better able to fight off viruses and germs.
Fewer colds and sick days this winter would be good, right? There are many diet and lifestyle tweaks you can make to reduce your risk of catching a cold and flu this season (and ensuring it’s shorter and less serious if you do get the lurgi). Here are my top ten tips to keep you fighting fit this month – and beyond.
I print out this list and stick it on the fridge as a reminder to me (and my family) that prevention is better than cure.

Your body needs real, unprocessed food to stay healthy and not the processed foods we kid ourselves are OK for us to eat.  Focus on eating natural, unprocessed food as often as possible. Follow the 80/20 rule (for the avoidance of doubt, this means eating healthily 80 of the time – think fresh apples rather than apple juice, or wholegrain bread instead of a white bread butty).

Meat and fish, fruit, vegetables and wholegrains all contribute to a stronger immune system and offset the occasional indulgence.  Following the low GL diet is key to sustainable, glowing health, as it provides your body with a steady supply of energy throughout the day, rather than a high-octane roller-coaster of energy spikes and troughs.

Did you know that up to 80% of our immunity to germs and disease is in the gut? The mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) in the gut is part of the first line of immune defense, so getting the right balance between beneficial, or ‘good’ gut bacteria, and the ‘bad’, or potentially pathogenic bacteria, is key.

How to do this:
The gut environment takes a beating year after year, owing to poor diets, too much sugar, stress, antibiotics and other factors. Even if you have no obvious tummy troubles, digestive health is vital, so it’s worth the extra effort to take care of it.  Add probiotic and prebiotic foods to your diet, as these re-populate the gut with good bacteria and feed them well enough to crowd out bad bacteria.

Here are some gut-friendly choices to get you started:

  • Organic, probiotic, natural yoghurt (such as Yeo Valley or Rachel’s)

  • Always buy full-fat, as the 0% or no-fat options have increased levels of milk sugars – and fat isn’t the enemy, either in life or in weight loss

  • Miso soup or miso bouillon paste (add these to soups and stews)

  • Oats (soak first, as you would to make overnight oats, in order to release the goodness)

  • Onions, garlic and Jerusalem artichokes

  • Bananas

  • Beans

  • Cooked, then cooled potatoes

Did you hear that chicken soup is great when you’re unwell? If you thought it was just an old wives’ tale, you’d be wrong. Research suggests that a bowl of chicken and vegetable soup can slow the speed at which neutrophils move around your body. Neutrophils are a type of white blood cell and part of the immune system, protecting your body from infection. When the neutrophils move slowly, there’s a greater chance of them becoming more concentrated in the areas of your body that need the most healing. Studies have shown chicken soup to be particularly helpful in reducing symptoms in upper respiratory system infections like the common cold.

Top of the list for immunity are a good probiotic, a multivitamin and extra vitamin C and zinc.  For most people, a daily probiotic will help maintain the right balance of bacteria in the gut. If you have ongoing tummy troubles like IBS or constipation, we should talk – you will need something for your specific symptoms.  A multivitamin bridges the gap between what you are eating and what you should be eating, and takes care of any major deficiencies.Women need a product high in B vitamins (for hormone balance), but apart from that, everybody has his or her favourite. Just be sure to take it!

Go large when it comes to vitamin C, both in food and supplement form. Broccoli and red peppers contain more C than oranges (contrary to popular belief) and there are loads of other foodie options, too: kale, cauliflower, parsley, spinach, strawberries, Brussels sprouts, blackcurrants, kiwi fruit, pineapple, mango, papaya and citrus fruits.

Top up zinc levels by eating more palm-sized pieces of lean meat (especially lamb, beef, venison and turkey), pumpkin seeds, ginger root, green veggies, oats, nuts, sesame seeds, yoghurt and scallops.

Adding flavour to food is a smart way to include delicious immune boosters on your plate.  Garlic is a potent superfood. It is antimicrobial, thanks to the active ingredient allicin, which helps fight viruses, and has been used for thousands of years to boost the immune system and prevent sickness.

Most culinary herbs contain anti-inflammatory properties due to their phytonutrients, but oregano and thyme are particularly rich. Spice up your cooking with turmeric and ginger, too, as these are well-documented immune boosters.

Even if you don’t consider yourself a sugar addict, it’s worth taking a look at how much you do consume – and trying to swap sugary treats for something more wholesome.  Sugar fans the flames of inflammation and affects the ability of white blood cells to fend off viruses and bacteria. In fact, the immune system stays depressed for hours after consuming sugar, according to recent studies.

Enjoy raw cocoa or cacao hot chocolate on chilly evenings, adding your favourite milk or milk substitutes (with a little xylitol or stevia to sweeten, if you like). A few squares of pure, dark chocolate will also satisfy – Green & Blacks, or any good chocolate with a higher cocoa content (at least 75%), is ideal.

Water is a miracle worker. It flushes germs from your system, helps your blood to carry plenty of oxygen to your body’s cells and allows those cells to absorb important nutrients.  Invest in a filter jug or bottle to avoid quaffing high levels of chlorine and fluorine along with your tap water.

Green tea and chamomile tea are also immune system strengtheners, as they contain antioxidants that help battle free radicals.

There are a variety of different natural ingredients that are backed by research pointing to their usefulness.  Fresh ginger added to boiling water may help sooth a sore throat or cough. Honey (look for raw honey or Manuka rather than the common-or-garden variety) is often teamed with lemon for a soothing drink for sore throats and may also act as cough suppressant. Raw honey should not be given to children younger than one as it may contain botulinum spores.

Sore throats may additionally benefit from gargling with salt water, while saline (salt water) nose drops help clear mucous from blocked nasal passages and soothes tender skin inside the nostrils.

As difficult as this is to achieve in winter, spending sufficient time in sunlight is a vital immune booster.  Vitamin D is made by your skin absorbing sunlight, so planning an hour or two outside during daylight hours is a good reason to leave work early, or take your children to the park when you’d rather sleep late.

Expose as much of your bare skin to the sun as possible and don’t wear sunscreen during that time either, as it inhibits the process.

Supplement your vitamin D levels by eating more of the following foods: oily fish (salmon, mackerel and fresh tuna), beef liver, mushrooms, cheese, egg yolks and vitamin D-fortified foods, such as dairy products and orange juice.

An age-old way to boost immunity is by following childhood rules – wash hands, go to bed early and take some exercise.  These simple measures may seem boring (and more difficult to achieve than popping a pill), but science proves that they work.

And your immune system will thank you for it.

Are you the kind of person who is more ill than other people with the same bug, or you’re ill more often and your immune system could use some support? Maybe there is an underlying issue, especially if you also have asthma, eczema or allergies. Is this you? I invite you to book in for a free 20 minute immune system chat. Click here for an appointment.

JANUARY SALE – Allergy and Intolerance Testing

You can resolve many health issues by identifying food sensitivities, and omitting the offending foods from your diet!

Allergy Test UK – Cheltenham is offering a January discount for intolerance testing. £55 for a full test (£15 discount) and £30 for a retest (£10 discount).

In a one hour appointment you will go through a thorough health questionnaire, will be tested for 75+ foods and drinks and you will come away with a list foods to avoid, plus information for alternative choices and ideas for other lifestyle change!

Please call 01242 584140, message or book online

Festive Tips from Helena












Practicing yoga is much more than just the postures, we develop our inner light and learn to shine.To integrate the full “on and off the mat” yoga life starts with our breath, then our thoughts, actions, decisions, interactions with others, our daily routines, our surroundings, everything can reflect the extent of our Yoga practice. The lead up to Christmas can get very busy, being more present and aware can make all the differnce to how we feel.

Just breathe. Sometimes all we can do is breathe. Stuck in traffic and late,  focus on your breath. When stressed out Christmas shopping ,  become aware then breathe slower and calmer. . Even if you can’t get on your mat because of a packed schedule, practice breathing techniques. Then when you do hop on your mat,  your practice will be even better.

Be present with others. When we are busy its easy to not  to fully listen, take time for your conversations  be fully present,  deeply  listen to what they’re saying rather then thinking about what you’re going to say next.

Be kind. Next time someone is unkind or cold to you extend some compassion, maybe they are not feeling so good.

Be flexible. Yoga teaches us to be flexible in mind  aswell as body we can be more resilient smoothly bouncing back from challenging stressful moments returning to our inner balance.

Be less judgmental. In the coming weeks, especially if you are extra busy become more aware of your internal dialog, tone and phrases. See if you can find ways to be more surportive towards yourself.

A wonderful Christmas present to loved ones or yourself is Max Strom’s book

A Life Worth Breathing: A Yoga Master’s Handbook of Strength, Grace, and Healing.   The book teaches us that by healing our past emotional wounds, silencing the inner critic and cultivating a yoga and breathing practice, we can elevate ourselves from the mindset of a reactionary victim to an authentic life of meaning, health, and joy.

Namaste, find the light in yourself and others as we lead up to Christmas. We can all find ways of spreading some inner light as we embrace the shortening of the days and preparing for the Winter season.

Why walking isn’t enough

Exercise Advice from Public Health England 2018
“I do an hour and a quarter of ​Taiji​​ every week.” says Louise Ansari from theCentre for Ageing Better.

Public Health England says that muscle, bone strengthening and balance activities are vital for health and future wellbeing. Dr Tedstone, head of diet & physical activity: “Alongside aerobic exercise such as brisk walking, all adults should be aiming to do strengthening and balancing activities twice per week,”

Strengthening and balance activities help prevent falls, improve mood, sleeping patterns, increase energy levels and reduce the risk of an early death.

“The need for us all to do two sessions of strength and balance exercise a week has been the ‘Cinderella’ of public health advice,” said Louise Ansari.

But ​Health Survey for England​ found this type of exercise neglected, with only 31% of men and 23% of women doing muscle-strengthening exercises.
And his drops to 12% over the age of 65.

Muscles tend to be at their peak in our 30s and the muscle tone is going by the time we reach 40, ​unless we actively work on it.

Ansari said “If you are a reasonably fit adult and you do walking, you should also do yoga or ​Taiji ​​…which could be in a structured exercise class. You can do two long sessions a week.“I do an hour and a quarter of Taiji every week…”

Taiji Qi Gong Classes are available
@ The Cheltenham Holistic Health Centre, Tuesdays, 12-1pm.

Jeff Docherty has been teaching for 15 years, he is qualified in Traditional Chinese Medicine, a professional member of the Association of TCM and fully insured.

Contact: ​​ Tel: 07970303694

Who Are You Eating With?

You are trying your utmost to follow the latest Gluten free, Paleo, Vegan, Fod Map and have been invited to the in laws for dinner, or it’s your birthday, or that longed for break to Provence is upon you, your other half is a dedicated meat eater and your sister has turned up with a bottle of champagne. It seems hardly fair does it? It’s not easy to follow a consistently healthy diet when it seems the world is conspiring against you!

Having control over the food we eat all the time, let alone its quality is almost impossible. We would have to have our own organic small holding where we could grow everything that we would need away from possible air driven pollutants and genetically modified seeds, access to unadulterated spring water and tons of money to buy it in the first place. Is there anywhere left on the planet that has not been tainted by humanity’s industrialization? The next best option is a community of like minded people somewhere in the Outer Hebrides!
For most of us the quality of the food we eat depends initially on what our parents fed us, what our school fed us, uni sandwiches and the work’s canteen. It isn’t until we are earning enough money above subsistence level that we can even begin to think about the quality of food that we eat. It shouldn’t be like this but money does drive the food industry.
I advice everyone I see to buy as much quality/organic food as they can afford for two reasons; one that it is better for your health and two that in a capitalist economy demand and supply are intertwined. The more people that buy organic the more farmers will see it as good business – the more organic food being grown – prices fall. Of course, what is good for the soil is also good for the planet. Pesticides are not chemicals we can easily live with long term. They hamper bee pollination, get into the water supply, the crops that are being grown in the soil and our intestinal tract!
Why are the numbers of people with moderate to severe food intolerances rising so dramatically? It is quite frightening. Might it be possible that the harmful pollutants that are now part of our food chain including the micro plastics swallowed by fish behind the exponential rise in food allergies?
We know that inflammation begins in the gut with dysbiosis in our microbiome (an imbalance in the gut flora).That means people with Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and other gut issues are even more susceptible to inflammation and motility issues than those with a healthy gut. But even more than that, chronic inflammation is linked to diseases like asthma, allergies, Crohn’s and Colitis, Alzheimers, Parkinson’s, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, and just about anything else that goes wrong in your body.
I have so many clients now who cannot eat even a mouthful of gluten without drastic consequences and by drastic I mean chronic and acute gas, constipation and or diarrhoea. It is literally as though they have eaten poison. With these types of intolerances and it can include a whole host of allergens we really need to protect ourselves as much as we can.
We cannot compromise our health because of peer pressure or any pressure for that matter. Thankfully as demand for ‘free from’ food has increased so has supply, most supermarkets now have organic/gluten free sections.
I so understand peer pressure. When I first began to make changes to my normal diet, over thirty years ago, my family were incredulous. I was laughed at, ridiculed and generally considered weird and we are talking about quite mild changes here – cow’s milk, sugar, fried foods, alcohol, – mainly because those foods were making me feel unwell. That they were injurious to my health was not sufficient reason, according to my family, to be different.
Within reason we need to be brave enough to be different and brave enough to say no. The main problem is our own temptations, our own desire to have that glass of champagne, slice of cake, fresh bread and best cheddar cheese. When this happens and with Christmas looming it will probably happen a lot, we need strategies to help us survive the rich and numerous feasts.

1.    Keep your quantities small.
2.    Take your time eating
3.    Have alkaline only (vegetables/salad/fruit) days planned
4.    De tox with dietary cleanses and colon hydrotherapy

Colon Hydrotherapy is an amazing treatment and can very quickly rectify gut trauma as a result of over eating or consuming food/drink that we have mild to severe intolerance to. Far from having a detrimental effect on gut bacteria it seems to calm inflammation and help the body restore harmony and balance. When the gut has got stuck in a vicious cycle of dysbiosis, Colon Hydrotherapy can assist the bowels in the release of offending matter This together with a cleansing diet and infusions of high potency good bacteria gives the small intestines and liver a chance to recover equilibrium.

Throughout January 2019 I will be offering discounts on Colon Hydrotherapy/Nutrition Advice treatments.

Initial Consultation will cost £65.00 – saving £5.00
Follow up Colon Hydrotherapy sessions will cost £60.00 – saving £5.00
Three colon hydrotherapy session booked in advance (with initial consultation) will cost £180.00 – saving £20.00
Three colon hydrotherapy sessions book in advance (without initial consultation) will cost £175.00 – saving £20.00

Happy holidays and happy recovery!

Caroline Shaw

Yoga with Sigute

About Sigute

Sigute is a certified Junior Intermediate level I Iyengar yoga teacher, who runs a Wednesday evening class at Cheltenham Holistic Heath Centre (6.30-8pm).

She is Lithuanian, and has lived in the UK since 2006, gaining her initial Iyengar yoga certification in 2013. Having worked full-time in the heritage sector for over 11 years, Sigute finally let go of her managerial role last year; now focusing on teaching yoga and doing some design and art work.

Sigute’s classes are attended by a variety of students, of different ages, and are as popular with men as with ladies. Her teaching style is friendly, supportive and encouraging. She aspires to help the students benefit from yoga and overcome physical limitations, pains or injuries, as well as gradually progress to more advanced poses in a safe manner. Although the focus is kept on correct performance of the yoga poses, alignment and balance, Sigute’s students also get a fair share of relaxation; an insight into the importance of breathing, practice of Pranayama and the more holistic approach to balance out the physical, mental and emotional layers.

New students, beginners as well as those who have got some yoga experience, are welcome to join Sigute’s class. Quite a few of her students practice other sports, be it cycling, swimming, running or rowing. Yoga helps them to balance out other activities, stretch out or relax the body in a way that counteracts any habits or over-strain from other exercise. Improved concentration, breathing and body awareness is also found to fuel back into students’ daily lives, bringing better energy and performance, as well as general well-being.