Yoga with Sandra
Moving to Health & Stillness
May you be well
With great respect and love,
I am a yoga teacher in Islington, North London. I teach general yoga, pregnancy and postnatal yoga classes at my studio in Tufnell Park. I pay close attention to alignment, the uniqueness of the person I teach and I focus on integrating the body and the mind through the breath. Yoga after all is a form of awareness.
My yoga journey started when I used yoga as a healing practice to recover from an illness (Rheumatoid Arthritis) after the birth of my son. Yoga has helped me regain and maintain my mobility, strength and joint stability. I believe in its therapeutic potential and for bringing wholeness and balance in mind and body. This belief is the inspiration that guides my teaching.
I am passionate on how yoga can benefit all women at all stages of their lives. I meet many women through pregnancy, postnatal (Mum & Baby) classes and then many stay on for the general yoga classes I offer. I also do Partner Workshops for Birth and I teach many private sessions tailored to you. These days I teach mostly at my home studio in Tufnell Park, N7 or at Moon, a Women's Health Centre in Dartmouth Park, NW5 (https://www.mwhealth.co.uk/). But I have taught previously at Room to Heal, a charity for survivors of torture and Chair Yoga at Age UK, Hampstead, NW3.
I trained as a teacher with Yogacampus at the Life Centre, Islington (2011) and I am accredited as Senior Yoga Teacher by Yoga Alliance. I am certified to teach Restorative Yoga by Judith Lasaster.
I completed my doula training with Dr. Michel Odent & Liliana Lammers who are pioneers of the doula movement and homebirth in the UK. I trained with Suzanne Yates to offer maternity Shiatsu (pre and postnatal) and Development Baby Massage with Peter Walker. I incorporate Hypno Yoga for Birth, Spinning Babies® and Mindful Rebozo Techniques in the partner workshops I run for expecting couples.
I offer yoga sessions for anyone living with cancer, illness or injury.
Specialising in core and pelvic health, I am a Certified Body Ready Method® Pro and a Restore Your Core ® teacher. In 2023, I am continuing my movement education with Dr Sarah Duvall's pregnancy and postpartum course to support women in the gap between finishing rehab/physio and returning to training & full exercise. Pelvic floor and core issues like diastasis recti, leaking and prolapse while common are not normal (in that they can be addressed so that we return to moving confidently through life).
As a certified Spinning Babies® Parent Educator, I offer online and in person Spinning Babies® Birth Preparation Classes. Spinning Babies® is a wonderful approach that combines an understanding of birth anatomy, bio mechanics and alignment to promote physiology before force to support births. The SB® Birth Preparation Classes will show partners how to better support their pregnant partners, to offer comfort in pregnancy and an easier birth through Optimal Foetal Positioning.
Do get in touch, I look forward to our paths crossing.
Yoga & Movement Background
I am grateful to all my teachers past and present. I incorporate elements of the courses below in my classes - Hatha, Pregnancy/Birth, Postnatal, or more Therapeutic sessions (to give you a sense of my teaching style).
Yoga Teacher Training, Yoga Campus, 2011
Yoga as Therapy, Doug Keller, 2012 and 2013
Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, 2013
Well Woman Yoga Therapy, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, 2013
Mother & Baby Yoga Teacher Training, Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, 2014
Yoga Therapy and Experiential Anatomy - the Spine and Pelvis, Susanne Lahusen & Tony Watson, 2015
Working With Injuries in Yoga Classes: Workshops, Julie Gudmestad, 2015
Yoga Philosophy & History with a Therapeutic Focus on the Sacrum, Doug Keller, 2015
Yoga for Back Pain, Anna Blackmore, Jan 2016
New Baby & Me - The Foundations of Parenting, Active Birth Centre, London, 2016
Incorporating Hypnotherapy into Pregnancy Yoga, Janine Hurley, July 2016
Psoas Workshop, Liz Koch, July 2016
52 Weeks Biomechanics Course, Katy Bowman, 2016
Natural Bodies Workshop, Gary Carter, Nov 2016
Doula Training - Paramana Doula Course, Dr Michel Odent & Liliana Lammers, Mar 2017
Teen Yoga, Charlotta Martinus, Oct 2017
Yoga for Cancer, Julie Friedeberger, April - Oct 2018
Yoga as Medicine (Biotensegrity), Timothy McCall, March 2018
Relax & Renew - Restorative Yoga, Judith Lasaster, April 2018
5 day Yoga Intensive with Donna Farhi, June 2018
Shiatsu for Midwives & Doulas, Suzanne Yates, 2018
Developmental Baby Massage, Peter Walker, Nov 2018
Body Reading & Resilience, Tom Myers, Mar 2019
Advanced Restorative Yoga, Judith Lasaster, Mar 2019
Yoga for Back Pain: Sacroiliac Stability, Donna Farhi, May 2019
Yoga Workshop, Angela Farmer, July 2019
Spinning Babies 2 Day Workshop, Rachel Shapiro July 2019
Mindful Rebozo, Sophie Messanger, Aug 2019
Healing with Yoga, Leslie Kaminof, Nov 2019
Adv Pregnancy Wellness Practitioner L2, Jenny Burrell, Jan 2020
Hypopressives for Prolapse, Justine Sipprell, June 2020
5 Day Yoga for Cancer Intensive, The Minded Institute, Oct 2020
Pelvic Floor Yoga, Leslie Howard, Nov 2020
Adore Your Pelvic Floor, Louise Field, May 2021
Body Ready Method (Birth Preparation), Lindsay McCoy, Sept 2021 - Feb 2022
Garuda Matwork Foundation Teacher Training, James D'Silva, Dec 2021
Restore Your Core, Lauren O'hayon, 2022
Breech for Practitioners, Spinning Babies, 2022
Spinning Babies Parent Educator Certification, April 2023
Pregnancy & Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist Certification, Dr Sarah Duvall, www.coreexercisesolutions.com, 2023
Pelvic Pro, Dr Sarah Duvall, 2023