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Having practised many varied forms of yoga,I found a yoga that I absolutely love.I discovered Kundalini yoga in Liverpool, and went on to learn to teach.I have qualified as a KRI (Kundalini Research Institute) certified Kundalini teacher with the renowned Amrit Nam Samovar International Yoga school, my training was in London and France. Kundalini Yoga is an ancient Science that was originally exclusive to the Indian Royal family, but then Yogi Bajan in the 1960's took this wonderful practise to California. I love teaching this dynamic blend of breath work,meditation and the exercise kryias :-working on strengthening the nervous system, balancing the glandular system and purifying the body alongside calming the mind.I learn something new with each practice , and all ages,levels and abilities can and should benefit from this ancient form .
My name is Mandalena and I have over twenty years experience in Pilates. I first discovered Pilates as a dance student at the Laban Centre for movement and dance. At the time I had chronic lower back pain due to an injury, so to rectify this I took extra Pilates classes at the Herdman Studios (London). My core improved and pain was reduced to a minimum. Pilates changed my life and inspired me to become an instructor. My qualifications include NVQ level 3 in Mat Based Pilates adding to numerous workshops I have attended in Canada, Oxfordshire and London. These have deepened my passion for Pilates as well as teaching me a wide range of alternative techniques. I have over ten years experience all over the UK, predominantly in the Midlands and Preston, working with a multitude of cases such as chronic and acute injuries, postural correction and even new mothers. My classes are designed for a six week period, allowing you to learn the fundamentals of Pilates using a series of core strength exercises. The mat work exercises are designed to build physical strength, flexibility and improve posture as well as enhancing mental awareness.
I trained at Ballet Rambert 1998-1991 studying classical ballet and contemporary dance.After leaving I found a job fairly quickly in Amsterdam with contemporary dance company where I worked for about a year.On my return I then joined Union Dance Company in 1993 a well re-known contemporary dance Company which was culturally diverse, mixing contemporary dance, ballet, martial arts, hip hop and yoga. Over a 15 year period I worked with many choreographers including Doug Elkins from NewYork, Laurier Booth and Raphael Bonachela who is now Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company. We toured all if the UK and represented the British Council in Cuba, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Vienna and Sicily. I performed at larger venues like the Royal Opera House, Sadler's Wells and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. I've appeared on the BBC and Itv representing Union Dance as well as being in an advert for Baileys! I taught at the Brit School, all over the uk and abroad for schools, workshops for aspiring performers, adults and young children of all ages and abilities.Over the years I have acquired many skills and expertise in dance and yoga as well as many other forms of dance and movement. My teaching style is true to myself and what I love most, a blend of yoga, core strengthening and movement. My classes give you room to let you grow and become more confident. I support my students as individuals and become aware of their limits and their capabilities and encourage them to reach for them and beyond. First and foremost I love sharing my knowledge and giving my skills and expertise to other people an a warm and friendly environment.
I have been involved with oriental arts for thirty five years, starting with kung fu (Wing Chun), which I taught for a number of years. I came across Tai chi and it intrigued me, so when the opportunity arose, I began my formal studies with a local experienced practitioner during this time I also studied vipassana meditation and more contemporary methods of meditation. later I began to study chi kung methods under various teachers and I am a graduate of the British school of shiatsu Then in 1994 my journey took me to the door of Master Ding and was amazed by his skill and openness. I knew then what a genuine Tai chi Master was. I have been with him ever since. The Tai chi method he taught became clear to me. Master Ding, is a Yang lineage holder, 1st disciple of the late Grandmaster Ip Tai Tak, There are few Masters who can transmit the method like Master Ding and I feel privileged and fortunate to have trained under his guidance. I bring to my classes a wealth of understanding in oriental healing and exercise methods and believe in a more natural relaxed method to practice. In my classes on Monday morning 10:30am and Tuesday evening 8:30pm you will be invited to explore and experience the profound duality of stillness and movement, incorporating balance, relaxation, power and strength that have attracted people to Tai chi in there million across the world.
I spent the first 50 years of my life in South Africa, where I first came across yoga in 1971. I joined a class because I rather fancied myself as a hippie and thought yoga fitted in with my image of myself. Well, the hippies came and went, but Iyengar yoga remained a constant in my life. In 1973 I met an inspirational teacher, Joyce Zouves Van Rensburg, who had been to classes with BKS Iyengar himself and who had adopted his method of teaching. In 1982 Joyce insisted that a group of her students should be part of the first batch of South African students to pass the exams set by Mr Iyengar to become properly certified teachers. I was one of these and in fact came top, much to Joyce's satisfaction! However, it was only once we moved to the UK in 2001 that I began teaching yoga as my main occupation. I now teach 4 classes: one at the University of Central Lancashire, one at a studio in Blackburn and two in Penwortham. Iyengar Yoga comes from Ashtanga Yoga and is based on the work of BKS Iyengar (1918 - 2014) who was the first to systematise the range of yoga postures (asanas) and to work extensively on the therapeutic effects of yoga. In his method, control of the body must precede control of the mind. This way of teaching is methodical and progressive and emphasises precision, detailed correctness and safety, so that students of all levels of fitness and ability can make progress from basic to more challenging postures. In this way, we gain flexibility, strength and sensitivity in mind, body and spirit. In order to help students to align their bodies correctly, Iyengar developed a range of 'props' from wooden blocks to chairs and their use is another characteristic of Iyengar yoga. We also teach some Pranayama or breathing control at Introductory level. I don't think it is too much to claim that Iyengar Yoga can help to restore and maintain physical health as well as contribute to mental health and stability.
With a background in Education, Careers and Personal Development, I set up my own coaching and therapies practice several years ago. Working as a therapist I very quickly realised that the physical and emotional problems clients were consulting me about were caused by stress and anxiety. I developed a unique response to this by combining mindful coaching with Reiki which has had fantastic results. It has been a natural progression to work with clients to teach Meditation and Mindfulness. My approach is straightforward and down to earth, aiming to equip people with skills and strategies to better cope with today’s fast pace of life and the stresses often associated with it. It’s amazing what a consistent approach can make! The classes begin with settling in and breathing correctly, we then practice some Mindful Meditation and usually finish off with Guided Visualisations. I will be offering 2 classes a week at Chakra Studio along with a variety of workshops, with differing themes based on health and wellbeing, taking place throughout the year. Therapies I offer include Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, Reiki and Coaching. My specialist areas for coaching clients are: dealing with relationships; change of career; young women with confidence and identity issues; weight loss and fitness; and people facing difficult life challenges. If you wish to find out more or discuss how I can best support you please get in touch.
I have a passion for well being and strive to facilitate others to pursue this same goal.Having achieved a degree in Human Movement I then completed an MSc in Occupational Health and Fitness, both of which 'healthy mind healthy body' have been at the forefront of my research and studies, ranging from physical concerns to the emotional and social reasons why people exercise.I qualified in Pilates at The Pilates Institute in London with Michael King in 2003 and have continued to update there throughout my Pilates career. I believe to evolve with integrity and competence as a valid Pilates instructor, it is essential to incorporate wider knowledge and experience, from which I have accumulated throughout my 32 years in the fitness industry. My experience has been sought working far afield: California, Australia, Pensylvania, France and Malaysia, to closer at hand in the local area. I worked at Virgin gym for a 7 year period teaching Pilates and at various other gyms as well as private venues ,working with 1-1 clients on individual programs and in class settings. Pilates is an intensive mix of strength and precision benefiting 'fit' sports addicts to those wanting to move their bodies through exercise as complete beginners.It proves to be a valuable discipline to care for and manage various physical problems ranging from back,neck,shoulder related issues -to functional movement debilitating conditions such as M.S., and due to its smooth controlled movements has great relaxation potential. Pilates lessons are calm and focused and suitable for all ages and all bodies.
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