Private Yoga In Berkhamsted: The Benefits

Whether you are completely new to yoga, a regular class-goer or a seasoned yoga practitioner there is much to gain from private yoga…

What is Private Yoga in Berkhamsted?

Private yoga is yoga taught one on one and it is the safest way to learn and to deepen your yoga journey. It is in fact the way yoga was traditionally taught. Private yoga can be where the sweetest fruits lie – a therapeutic relationship and a practice that meets you where you are at, delivering exactly what you need. Working individually makes yoga accessible for any level of fitness, experience or age. I provide a practice designed specifically for your goals and preferences.

Who is Private Yoga for?

Quite simply, everyone. By tailoring yoga sequences to the goals, needs and preferences of the individual, there is literally something for everyone. A snapshot of the people coming to me include:

  • Stressed execs, frazzled parents looking for better ways of coping with stress
  • People needing support through periods of change, loss and grief
  • People wanting to increase their flexibility and reduce tension.
  • Beginners wanting to safely explore yoga
  • Athletes looking to enhance their sporting performance
  • Those needing help to manage depression and anxiety
  • Mums to be and new mums

How does Private Yoga work?

For some people, after we check in with how they are feeling, I take them through a guided yoga practice. For others, we discuss particular aims, conditions or concerns and I prescribe particular sequences that they use on their own at home. For other people, we spend most of our time discussing how yoga can support them in daily life, exploring the therapeutic benefits of yoga for our mental health, happiness and wellbeing.

The frequency of sessions is variable too – some people I see once a week like you’d see a personal trainer, others, it’s once a month like you’d have a massage or a facial, and some I see just the once because that’s all they need. It is a truly bespoke process and one that genuinely delivers what you need: head, heart and body.

How Private Yoga Can Help:

  • Stress Relief: Yoga can be a powerful tool to relieve the physical and energetic manifestations of stress. Incorporating breath work and mindfulness can also help unravel the mental and emotional manifestations of stress.
  • Aches, pains, injuries? In private yoga your practice is specifically tailored to your individual needs – head, heart and body. In partnership with you, I can determine the style of practice and the types of postures that best suit your needs. I will also prescribe poses to do at home to help you achieve your goals.
  • Restorative and Healing Yoga: Private yoga can also be a safe place to deal with grief, loss and emotional pain. As a Chartered Psychologist and yoga teacher I have specific experience with using yoga as a therapeutic tool to assist people through grief, loss, change, episodes of stress and ill-health.
  • Pre & Postnatal Yoga, Mother & Baby Yoga: Preparing for birth, motherhood and beyond. Nurturing the physical body, boosting energy, mood and nourishing the mind.
  • Beginners: An introduction to yoga movement and breathing. Build your confidence and understanding so you feel well prepared to embark on group classes.
  • Interested in developing your own practice but not sure where to start? Having a private yoga session can kick start your own personal practice. Make it a habit to roll out your mat in your own space and learn how to explore what you need physically, energetically and emotionally. A private yoga teacher will share with you specific and simple sequences that you can do at home on your own.
  • Experienced: Private yoga allows you to pause and ask questions, to clarify any postures, breathing techniques or meditation strategies. You can also explore the philosophical tangents of yoga and take your practice off your mat and into daily life. Make your practice your own by learning how to become your own guide and discover your inner teacher with private yoga.
  • Yoga for Sport: Yoga designed to physically enhance your sporting performance, to promote recovery between sessions and mental skills training to give you the competitive edge.
  • Yoga for Mental Health: As a chartered psychologist I offer yoga designed specifically to help combat depression, anxiety and mental manifestations of stress. My approach is a combination of yoga with CBT, Mindfulness, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy.

Private Yoga truly offers benefits for anyone looking to boost their wellbeing: mind and body. Book in for a face to face session in Berkhamsted or alternatively, sessions are available via skype so we can yoga together anywhere in the world!

Explore the benefits of yoga today! Get in touch via or 07951 440 255.

Is Mindfulness All it’s Cracked Up To Be?

I was asked this week whether mindfulness was just a fad and whether it really is the answer to beating stress and creating greater contentment in life. In a word, yes, yes, yes! In itself it is a powerful tool to harness the mind and has great potential to change the nature of our daily experience. I think of mindfulness as a way of developing fresh eyes (and all the other sense organs), allowing us to connect with life as it unfolds. Mindfulness also lies at the heart of other potent mood and resilience boosting strategies like savouring and gratitude, so yes, it deserves its current popularity and place in the media spotlight.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is being in touch with the present moment – what is happening in the environment around us and what is unfolding within us. It is the art of conscious living. Our ordinary waking state is one that tends to be jam packed with reactive thinking, rumination about what needs doing, flitting forwards to what might happen next and diving back into replaying what has already happened. A state without mindfulness is like being on automatic pilot where all these mental phenomena just happen to us. Rather than being lost in this sea of thought and sensation, developing mindfulness puts us back in the conscious driver’s seat. It wakes us up and gives us back control. (more…)

Mummy & Baby Yoga at Carmenta Life: the Benefits.

Berkhamsted is such a fabulous place to raise children there is no wonder that there are loads of classes available to engage and stimulate your baby. The beauty of mummy and baby yoga is that the class addresses the needs of new mums too! Motherhood is one demanding role, we need all the nurturing we can get.

What is Mummy and Baby Yoga all about?

Very simply the class consists of:

  • yoga postures, breath work and relaxation for the parents
  • movement, touch and songs for the babies
  • sequences where both parent and baby work together for mutual enjoyment…

I am trained in Birthlight Baby yoga which is a carefully constructed system designed to simultaneously meet the needs of both parent and child. It has potentially profound effects on all aspects of wellbeing: physical, mental and emotional. It has the beautiful intention of creating happy, secure babies and re-energised, skillful parents.

New mums, it’s your turn! Come along to postnatal yoga. Here’s what’s in it for you!


Is weight loss your goal? Why yoga in Berkhamsted might be the answer:

We all know that to shed unwanted kilos we need to make healthy food choices and exercise regularly, but did you know that to burn fat we need to relax and unwind too?

Why stress is the enemy to weight loss:

  • During periods of stress, the ‘fight or flight’ response is triggered and the body is flooded with stress hormones adrenaline, corticotrophin releasing hormone (CRH) and cortisol. These hormones can make you crave sugary, carbohydrate-rich foods.
  • While the immediate response to acute stress can be a diminished appetite, when stress becomes chronic it can make you feel ravenously hungry, adding weight gain to your list of concerns.
  • Turning to food for comfort can also become a habit – so be mindful of the activities you choose to relieve stress.
  • With your adrenal glands pumping out cortisol, production of the muscle-building hormone testosterone slows down. If this is sustained over a long period of time, the drop in testosterone can cause a decrease in muscle mass, meaning you burn fewer calories and store more fat. While this occurs naturally as we age, high cortisol levels can accelerate this process.
  • Stress hormones can also lead to the tendency to store visceral fat around the abdomen, which is linked to an increase in both diabetes and heart disease.

How yoga aids weight loss

  • Exercising for too hard for too long can actually raise cortisol levels and make you feel more stressed, inhibiting weight loss. While we need to move to burn fat, we also need to engage in gentler activities like yoga to assist the body in de-stressing, facilitating fat loss.
  • Stress interferes with  good sleep patterns, in turn raising cortisol and making us feel more stressed out. Yoga can be a fabulous activity to promote better sleep. There are specific sequences you can engage in before going to bed that will help you unwind, fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Breathing techniques from yoga can help you get back to sleep quicker when you wake.
  • Relaxation produces brain chemicals which are the antidote to stress hormones. Incorporate a regular yoga or meditation practice into your daily schedule to keep the effects of stress at bay and help you feel more resilient when you are under pressure. As little as 7 minutes a day can have potent stress-busting effects.

Yoga in Berkhamsted: making it work for you

  • Classes can be a great cost-effective way to incorporate yoga into your weekly routine. I teach a general class at BAYoga, Tuesdays, 1:15-2:15pm which is designed to help strengthen, shape up and stretch our your body. The pace and intensity of the class is specifically chosen to maximise fat loss – working out at the right pace to burn fat and also stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, helping you unwind. Check out a studio near you to find a class that fits with your week.
  • New mums, it’s your turn. Come and enjoy some postnatal yoga with your baby at Carmenta Life, Mondays, 1:30-2:30pm. We will gently strengthen your core, tone and stretch out your body and replenish a weary mind. Top up your energy levels with yoga designed especially for the postnatal period. We will also do some moves for the babies to develop strength, boost digestion and happily tire them out promoting sleep. Sounds good? Book in to secure you’re place. With a maximum of 10 participants you will get hands on attention.
  • Can’t get to classes or don’t feel quite ready? Book in for a private session with me. I will take you through some basic moves to prepare you for group lessons or I can design you a routine to do at home. As little as 7 minutes a day will pave the way for more efficient fat loss and help you navigate periods of stress. All you need in your own body and a little space on the floor, I can provide you with your own bespoke sequences.

Have any questions about making yoga work for you? Interested in a private session? Get in touch! 07951 440 255 or

Walk and Talk – a New Approach to Psychology in Berkhamsted

Get your body moving while we sort out what’s on your mind!

As a qualified psychologist, yoga teacher and personal trainer, the idea of blending the three disciplines into a “walk and talk” format came about very organically. It seems that the rest of psychology is finally catching up! A flurry of research is now drawing attention to the important role the body plays in achieving wellbeing. What better way to revitalise, unwind and gain clarity than by harnessing the therapeutic benefits of nature, exercise and talk therapy!

Walk and Talk, what is it?

Very simply, we head out together somewhere beautiful, take a walk at a pace you feel comfortable with, and we talk about what’s on your mind. If you’re open to it, sometimes we stop and do a yoga pose or two that is connected with what we are talking about. The body plays an important role in how we feel, our energy levels and also in how we go about creating change. Specific exercises or yoga poses can help us with these goals. We achieve the same things you would normally do by sitting and talking things out, but with the added benefits of exercise and the uplifting effect of being in Nature – more bang for your buck. If you want to work on your fitness at the same time, we can push the intensity a little harder. It just comes down to what you want to achieve… (more…)