"For me, yoga is about creating'space'.
Space in the body, space in the mind and a beautiful space in which to practise".
Hello, my name is Amanda, thank you for visiting Akasha Yoga.
Let me tell you about my yoga journey. After the birth of my daughter I was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease.
I started Reiki ,Yoga and sound healing to help alleviate symptoms. The effects on my body, mind and spirit were profound and I eventually began to study so I could share these modalities that changed my life.
I’ve now been teaching yoga and meditation for 7 years and facilitating gong baths for 3. I like to teach yoga with the Earths seasonal cycles to help reconnect us to nature and our own, internal cycles, rhythms and seasons. I also offer workshops to celebrate the Celtic festivals.
I teach at the beautifully renovated Ridgewell Village Hall and offer private Mini Retreats, Relaxation evenings and Reiki from my studio.
I accommodate all needs from Strengthening slow-flow yoga to gentle yoga for those with chronic health conditions.
After many years as a student, I began teacher training and now hold a 400-hour, British Wheel of Yoga teaching certificate.
I have also gained qualifications in the following:
Restorative Yoga (Beverley Nolan & Tiffany Thorne)
Yoga Therapy for Cancer (BWY Module)
Level 1 & 2 Yin Yoga (Sarah Lo)
Yin Yoga & Meridian Course (24 hrs) (Norman Blair & Kate Henley)
Qigong for Yoga Teachers (Mimi Kuo Deemer)
Mindfulness Meditation Facilitation (Michael Stone)
Yoga Nidra (trauma informed) (Barefoot Body)
Anatomy Trains Structure and Function (Fiona Palmer, Tom Myers)
Y12SR (Yoga 12 Step Recovery) (Nikki Myers)
"I have learnt more in Amanda's classes over the last few months than I have combined in all the classes i've attended in the last few years!
"After trying out various yoga classes over the last few years I am so happy to have found Amanda's.
She is a knowledgeable and thoughtful teacher who's dynamic classes offer the perfect mix of challenges balanced with calm.
Amanda is a superb teacher.
My Gentle Hatha classes are suitable for all levels, including those who are recovering from injury.
I fuse together traditional yoga poses and movements inspired from Qi-Gong. This style of Yoga aims to balance the mind and body with the practice of physical postures (asanas) to increase your bodies strength and flexibility, breathing techniques (pranayama) and the calming of the mind through mindfulness, relaxation and meditation.
Hatha into Slow Flow
My Hatha Slow Flow classes are a sumptuous blend of physical exercises (asana), breath control (pranayama), mindfulness and/or mediation. Our bodies are gently warmed up the body before working into slow flow, linking movement with the breath to create grace and ease within the mind and body. Class is finished with a gentle cool down and blissful Savasana.
Slow flow is slower than vinyasa flow and can be extremely rewarding, since it allows you to be more aware of your body as you take your time with transitions and you hold poses for longer periods of time.
During class we delve into the philosophy of yoga, physical and energetic
anatomy and the fundamentals of mindfulness which then gives
tools and techniques to take yoga off your mat and into everyday life.
Open to beginners.
Restorative Yoga classes consist of gentle postures held with the support of bolsters, blankets, cushions and blocks to allow the muscles to soften and let go and the nervous system to come back into balance.
A truly relaxing experience for mind, body and spirit.
During class we approach the fundamentals of mindfulness and relaxation which gives you insights to take off your mat and into everyday life.
Suitable for all levels, including beginners and those with injuries.
Yin postures are held for a longer period of time; generally anywhere
from 1 to 5 minutes. Unlike restorative, gentle sensation
(stretch or pressure) is usually present. The aim of Yin is to stretch,
pressurise and release the deeper layers of connective tissues of the
body (tendons, ligaments and fascia). The poses work as a type of
Acupressure as the meridians (energy lines) are stimulated so Chi (energy) can flow freely.
As poses are held for long periods, students are invited to focus on the breath, relax as they experience patient, quiet and mindful enquiry. We go from a state of 'doing' to a state of 'Just being'.
The long pauses gives us time to focus on the breath and develop a meditative state mind
A gong bath is a type of sound therapy that's been practiced for thousands of years.
The term 'bath' refers to being bathed in sound waves – there's no water or soap in sight!
Gong baths are a total mind and body experience. Sound doesn’t just enter through your ears – the vibrations go through your whole body whether your ears are consciously listening to it or not. Gongs are the ultimate sound healing tool as they produce the broadest range of tones compared to any other instrument.
The vibrations from the gongs literally massage you inside and out.
I offer Gong baths alongside my Restorative yoga classes and in workshops.
Some documented benefits of Gong Baths
Reduces stress and anxiety
Soothes nervous system and decrease blood pressure
Helps you feel relaxed, balanced, and focused
May help develop intuition and creativity.
Gongs facilitate a fast track to the Theta state brain waves (Theta brainwaves occur most often in sleep but are also dominant in deep meditation)- 20 minutes of Theta relaxation is the equivalent to four hours of sleep!
promotes emotional wellbeing
I offer Gong Baths as part of my Restore and Rewind classes
and seasonal workshops.
Amanda’s restorative yoga and gong session was amazing. I highly recommend to anyone who needs to stop and unwind, I definitely feel restored. Her peaceful manner and calming studio really grounded me and the sound of the gong is out of this world! Thank you so much! X
The Akasha Studio
Absolutely anyone can practise Yoga Nidra, but it has immense appeal for those who struggle to let go. It also has immense value for those suffering from sleep deprivation, trauma, anxiety or depression (to any degree).Yoga nidra is often referred to as "yogic sleep," a paradoxical state of being between sleep and consciousness that's conducive to deep emotional and physical healing, rewiring your brain, and self-exploration.
Nidra is a powerful meditation technique that draws our attention inwards, and we learn to surf between the states of wakefulness and sleep, where our body finds its natural state of equilibrium, the breath balances and becomes quiet, unconscious and conscious aspects of the mind reveal themselves, and we fall into an innate state of deep, blissful awareness.and one of the easiest yoga practices to develop and maintain.
While the practitioner rests comfortably, this systematic, guided meditation takes deeply into your subconscious, leaving you with a sense of wholeness.
As you can imagine, feeling well rested is life changing, but yoga nidra also improves your overall health. A 2013 study showed that practicing yoga Nidra improved anxiety, depression, and overall well-being. Nidra helps activate the relaxation response and improve the functioning of your nervous system and endocrine system, which affects your hormones, helps cells regenerate and repair, and helps decrease anxiety and improve your mood.
Ridgewell Village Hall
Mondays 6:00-7:15pm Hatha into Slow Flow -All Levels
Mondays 7:30-8:45pm Hatha into Slow Flow - Level 2
Tuesdays 9:15-10:30am Hatha into Slow Flow- All Levels
Thursdays 5:45-7:00pm Hatha into Slow Flow- All Levels
Ridgewell Village Hall
The Akasha Studio is a brand new, purpose built, fully equipped space where I hold small, bespoke classes and private classes, Mini Retreats and Starlight Gong Experiences
Here's what to expect:
Beautiful, Private Studio surrounded by gardens and Countryside
All equipment provided
Small classes- Just 6 students
Off road, private parking .
Private Gong Baths
Women's Day Retreats
Help with Asana/ creating a sequence to suit your individual needs
Restorative Yoga Sessions
Please Contact me to book
Reiki is an ancient energy healing method that not only assists physical healing, but also mental and emotional healing as well. It can also aid spiritual development, helping recipients increase awareness, insight, wisdom, and personal growth.
This holistic approach can help create balance and harmony within in the body, mind and spirit.
Relaxation, reduction in anxiety (and other low vibrational emotions fear, anger, grief) are common observations from clients.
Sessions may be twinned with any of my other healing modalities:
Shamanic Drum (Reiki Drum)
Sound (Tibetan singing bowls)