Well Woman Yoga
Dates: Tuesdays 07 January –
25 February 2020
8 week course
Time: 10:00 – 11:30
Dates: Wednesdays 08 January –
26 February 2020
8 week course
Time: 19:30 – 21:00
Blackheath Complementary Health Centre, 184-186 Westcombe Hill, London SE3 7DH
WellWoman Yoga is a specific path to yoga, and indeed involves specialised training courses, in order to teach it.
It is a uniquely, therapeutic approach, as it was designed by women for women, and takes into account the fact that our bodies are different to men’s and, to a degree, to each other’s and that we are also creatures of cycles. These cycles are honoured in the sessions.
Bernadette undertook both part one & part two of the Well Woman teaching diploma in 2011-12 with Dr Francoise Freedman and combined with her 30 years of overall yoga teaching/ therapy experience, has developed her own approach, whilst also staying true to all the tenets of Well Woman yoga-the most important underpinning of it all being “grounding”- physical, mental & emotional.
She also is able to incorporate her other lengthy experience as a Reiki Master, massage therapist and Australian Bush Flower Essences practitioner to create her own way of offering support & empowerment with women.
Bernadette includes asana-both of a restorative & flowing nature-simple pranayama practices; yoga nidra; mudras & bandhas; mantra; therapeutic micro movements and massage as well as humour !, These are all intended to promote “womb ecology”, whatever stage a woman may have reached in her life’s cycle.
Practices taught carefully integrate the work of Eastern and Western healers and teachers, with references to classic yoga texts. These classes offer women a safe, nurturing space where they can access the opportunity to deeply relax & “undo” the roots of certain conditions and address them.
This form of therapeutic well woman yoga is compatible with mainstream and other complementary therapies. It is, nourishing and deeply nurturing, and provides tools for women to take charge of their overall wellbeing with simple, effective accessible practices many of which can be incorporated into day to day life and not just when on a yoga mat!
Also included, , when appropriate, are both considerations & honouring of the various, traditional cycles of the year with specific processes, as well as practices around the cycles of the Moon.
There is a powerful yet often unexplored connection between our reproductive health and our emotions.
Stifled creativity, grief & bereavement, family history & attitudes, professional pressures, lack of emotional support can all impact on this health, often significantly contributing to many health issues, especially those linked to reproductive organs.
Unexplained infertility, heavy, painful or absent periods, fibroids, PCO, endometriosis, sciatica; adenomyosis, menopausal challenges, migraine are examples.
Bernadette also has experience in guiding women with less common conditions such as pudendal neuralgia and lichen sclerosis.
Most of these requirements are unable to be met within a general yoga, or exercise class.
Adrenal stress, post- surgery recovery, diastasis recti; umbilical hernia, prolapses, sacro iliac and and various chronic conditions can also benefit, so that women receive tools to help address what is impairing their day to day enjoyment of life and optimise hormonal balance.
More and more there is a need for Yoga that is more specifically directed to enhance women’s well- being. Please contact her if you would like to discuss anything. email@example.com. If you would like to call her she is happy to offer a free 10 minute telephone consultation prior to joining a class.0208 853 5944.
Well woman yoga is compatible with mainstream medical treatment.
If you would prefer 1-1 sessions these can be arranged in your own home at a time that suits you, or at Greenwich Wellness Rooms on Trafalgar Rd.
Well Woman yoga at home
Bernadette also offers individual Well Woman yoga therapy in your home.
Contact Bernadette for further details:
Tel.020 8853 5944
I guess it is an opportunity to thank you wholeheartedly for delivering and constantly developing your wonderful sessions.
They mean a lot to a lot of people, including me, and often I think they’ve helped me go through a lot of bad times and still do, and when I’m not feeling completely down, they give a wonderful sense of balance and peace. Being in the company of nice and like-minded people is also very nice and reassuring.
The classes are very therapeutic, both physically and morally. Sometimes, a session can reduce pain created by tension, stress or bad posture, or it allows your mind to let go of constant worries, so it is healing on all levels.
The classes include a range of exercises that enable the whole body and the mind to gradually unwind, relax, stretch and I always feel much more relaxed, at peace and positive at the end of a session.
Each session is different, with a clear progression, bringing variety, a sense of purpose and fun.
It’s also amazing how you can tell us what to change, how to modify a position according to our needs or physical issues, so that we get the most out of it.
I’ve always liked the reading each week which can make you smile or cry, or just makes you think in a different way.
Depending on the focus each week, I think each of us with our individual needs finds each session particularly beneficial.. However, there is something for everyone in each class.
I’ve learnt so much in these classes, about the constant link between mind and body, the power of breathing, the importance of letting go, undoing, how the regular practice of physical exercises can have an effect not only on your body but also on your mind, how yoga is not just an exercise session but a whole range of small practices that can improve your physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.
I very much enjoy the classes. I have found the handouts useful. I hoped to gain increased flexibility, reduction in shoulder/neck pain and improved fitness. I think they do assist in these goals especially flexibility. The most useful for me are the stretch/flexiblity exercises and the changing emphasis on different practice is really good. I would definitely recommend.
I can never thank Bernadette enough for introducing me to Yoga. I started out thinking I would probably not last more than a week or two but the classes are the highlight of my week. Bernadette is and excellent teacher with a calm, tranquil nature. She teaches in a way that is supportive and intuitive to the body and I have found easy to incorporate the exercises into my everyday life. I have so much more energy and my balance and flexibility have improved remarkably in a short space of time. I also find it easier to relax into life from day to day by keeping up the breathing techniques and gentle exercise.
I thoroughly enjoy Well woman yoga. It’s a great chance for me to slow down & chill out. What I have really appreciated this time is the subtlety of the practice & how exploring in postures changes the feeling in my body. More & more the yoga practice is aligning with other areas in my life where I am learning to be more flexible (exploring options).
I often recommend your classes…It’s just that not everyone is ready to take good care of themselves.
I wanted to say how important Well woman yoga has been throughout this last year. Every aspect of your sessions has been invaluable, from relaxation, meditation, learning by recognising how to recognise, treat and challenge my flexibility, strength and mindfulness in a positive, caring way. The way of practicing yoga that you teach is something I try to bring into the rest of my life with truly significant consequences for my everyday experience of wellbeing. Thank you – you are an impressive and thoughtful teacher.
I have been attending Bernadette’s Well Woman Yoga for 3 years and I have find a space of peace just for me. It is a place where I am not being judged, I can work at my own pace and according to the needs of that particular day. There is respect and nourishment of the body and the soul. I am also currently receiving regular Reiki treatments to aid me with my cancer recovery – I am finding these sessions very restorative, relaxing and pampering. Really grateful for Bernadette’s wisdom, knowledge and patience.
Support for long term Diastasis recti
Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (Diastasis Recti) seems to have increased in the last two decades. This midline separation of women’s abdominal wall associated with pregnancy is often left untreated during the postnatal period and in later years.
This condition is not prevented by keep fit practices, including some forms of yoga for pregnancy. Yet with a balanced yoga practice, the midline tissue of the Linea Alba can be expected to be flexible and strong enough to withstand most pregnancies. A healthy abdominal wall is essential for a pain-free lower back, urinary continence, sexual health and pelvic organ support.
Bernadette has trained with Francoise Freedman of Birthlight & offers bespoke practices, for various forms of Diastasis Recti and umbilical hernias, which can all occur in pregnancy & the post natal period and may often remain undiagnosed for many years. So whether this is a condition that has not been addressed for many years, or you are experiencing it post natally or you are aiming to heal between pregnancies, there are simple, highly effective yoga based techniques that can make a positive impact.
Bernadette offers bespoke 1-1 yoga therapy for Diastasis recti in your own home or local studio.– contact Bernadette to find out more