“The body, in its infinite wisdom, knows its own way back to wholeness.” Eugene Gendlin
My name is Gwen, I’m a Yoga and Movement Therapist based in Bristol. For nine years I’ve been training in body and movement based modalities, my approach integrates these different disciplines. My way of working is focused on listening to and honouring the knowledge and intuitive wisdom our bodies carry. By tuning into our bodies and a deeper sense of how things are for us, we can reach understandings, resolutions and answers that support us to move forward in our lives in ways that feels coherent and aligned with the whole of us.
By trusting the knowledge of the body, we find movement that supports and nourishes us. We can meet the places and movements that feel stuck or difficult with kindness, patience and curiosity – taking time with what’s difficult or uncomfortable, physically and emotionally. We need not try and push through difficulty, but instead respectfully and gently explore how it is in this moment. Our task is not to try and force anything to change but to find acceptance for how we are; how the body is and how it moves in this moment. It is this very process of acceptance and allowing from which deep shifts and changes come. I aim to create a space where the whole of each and every person is welcomed.
My interest in the therapeutic application of yoga and movement began after I used yoga as a tool in recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome fifteen years ago. Nine years ago I did my first Yoga Teacher Training in India at the School for Yogic Sciences in Rishikesh, I have since done extensive training in Yoga Therapy for Mental Health, as well as training in Women’s Yoga Therapy. I am a Focusing Practitioner (which I refer to here as Inner Listening) and a Women Health Practitioner.
“Beneath our conditioned and stressful patterns of being, thinking, moving, and feeling, lies an inner wellspring of intelligence and vitality that knows how to unwind our stress and traumas and move forward our life situations. ” Karen Whalen and Kevin McEvenue