About Amy West

I love sharing what I have learned: teaching people evidence-based approaches to reduce stress and feel better. I have become the teacher that I was looking for years ago, when I was trying various yoga and meditation classes and self-help approaches that were useful, but didn't quite help in the way I needed at the time.  I have experience and understanding of stress and anxiety, having worked for 12 years in demanding desk-based jobs; including in an NHS hospital as a specialist in compliance and quality.  I completed an MSc in healthcare management and quality, studying alongside my full-time job.  In 2012 I quit and spent a year travelling and studying in South America and Spain, discovered my true passions, and changed career. 

Massage Therapy

Research shows that massage helps to relieve stress, anxiety and pain and lower blood pressure.  I have always found massage treatments to be powerfully soothing and tension-relieving, and I love that I can now provide these benefits to others. Massage therapy is a perfect complement to teaching yoga, and gives me further insight into anatomy and physiology.  I continue to study and am happy to be on a journey of lifelong learning.

 

Certification / professional development (CPD):

2014

  • Distinctions in Level 3 City and Guilds qualifications in Body Massage and Anatomy and Physiology from Gloucestershire College

  • Deep Tissue Massage CPD with Cotswold Academy

  • Trigger Point Therapy CPD with Cotswold Academy

 

2015

  • 'Freeing the Shoulders' CPD with Darien Pritchard

  • 'Releasing the Neck' CPD with Darien Pritchard

  • 'Hands Free Massage' CPD with Darien Pritchard

  • Indian Head Massage with Teach Therapy

 

2016

  • 'Releasing the Lower Back and Hips' CPD with Darien Pritchard

 

2018

  • Alexander technique lessons with Joanne Greaves

​There is a reason why the NHS prescribes courses in Mindfulness: a large body of research proves that it helps people reduce stress and anxiety, and feel happier.

 

For me the joy of yoga is as a mindfulness practice, connecting with sensations of body and breath in the present moment, and exploring strength and flexibility while practising acceptance and kindness towards the body and mind.

 

“Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birdwings.” – Rumi

 

I have been practising yoga since 2006, and discovered benefits of a daily practice of yoga and meditation for maintaining physical and mental balance and counteracting stress.  I love travelling, and have worked and studied at yoga retreat centres in various countries.  I attend monthly half-day mindfulness sessions with my teachers in Stroud, and weave mindfulness into my life as a continual practice.

 

Certification / professional development (CPD):

2013

  • 200 Hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher training in Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Frog Lotus Yoga

 

2014

  • 'Intelligent sequencing' CPD with Whitespace Yoga

  • CPD on Anatomy and Physiology with Sam Rao Yoga

  • MBSR 8 week Mindfulness course with Mindfulness West

  • Teacher training on Mindful Chair Yoga shared by Corey Roos of Whitecloud Wellness

 

2015

  • Yoga mentoring workshops with Claire Murphy

  • Meditation mentoring sessions with Marianne Brady of Mindfulness West

  • 'Yoga for Adults with Special Needs' with Special Yoga

  • 'Therapeutic Gentle Yoga' with Special Yoga

 

2016

  • 'Integrating Trauma and Anxiety' with Claire Murphy and Jane Evans

  • Mindfulness Teacher Training Level 1 with Bangor University

  • Specialist Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training with Bangor University

2017

  • Mindful Inquiry workshop with Bangor University

  • 'Moving from the Core' yoga workshop with Donna Farhi

  • 'Sequencing for Multi-Level Classes' with Dawn Wright

  • 'Working with Injuries' with Deborah Berryman

  • Completion of Part 1 Mindfulness Teacher Training Pathway with Bangor University

2018

  • Mindfulness Group Process workshop with Bangor University

  • CPD workshops with Cecily Milne

  • 'Move Your DNA' workshop with Jeanette Loram

  • Inspire and Evolve teacher training retreat with Dawn Wright

  • Mindful Strength training with Kathryn Bruni-Young

UK Mindfulness Network Listing

Yoga and Mindfulness

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Contact
07472 191278
amy@birdwings.co.uk
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