Gwen Williams IPHM
Yoga Teacher Training In 2010 I trained at The College for Yogic Sciences in Jairam Ashram, Rishikesh, India. I was taught one-to-one by the schools Guru, Yogacharaya Lasmi Narayan and two of his students who were studying for their Masters in Yoga Therapy. It was an incredible experience, both gruelling, transformative and very beautiful.
Yoga Therapy for Mental Health In 2011 I embarked on this 18-month training with Heather Mason and the Minded Institute. Learning to work with different types of mental health conditions, learning the physiology and neuroscience behind these conditions and the practices proven to be most helpful. This included yoga asana, pranayama (breathwork), Buddhist meditation and philosophy, as well as psychotheraputic holding techniques. During this time I gave birth to my first son which inspired me to write my dissertation on attachment and how we can support attachment with the therapeutic application of yoga. I am currently updating this training and taking a specialist module in Yoga Therapy for Anxiety which I will have completed in December 2019, this will update my training to the 500 hour Advanced Teacher training with Yoga Alliance, recognised by the APNT.
Women’s Health Practitioner In 2017 I completed this year long journey guided by Master Herbalist Amanda Rayment and renowned Counsellor and Cranial Sacral Therapist Dominique Sakoilsky. I learnt how to use gentle psychological, spiritual and physical inquiry for healing, as well as herbs, nutrition, body work and movement. I also began my journey learning about menstrual cycle and the life phases of women and how to harness the innate power of these.
Well Women Yoga Therapy Bridging my love of the healing power of movement and passion for women’s holistic health, in 2017 I trained as a Well Women Yoga Therapist with renowned teacher Uma Dinsmore-Tuli. The course focuses on nourishing movement for women and how to work with specific conditions and generally support menstrual health.
Focusing Practitioner In spring 2015 I attended my first Focusing weekend workshop and absolutely fell in love with the practice. For me it created a bridge between meditation and therapy, and was exactly what I needed at that time. After attending seven weekend workshops, I then enrolled on the Practitioner Training in Sept 2016. My personal area of exploration has been on the integration of Focusing and movement.
“Movement is the song of the body.” Vanda Scaravelli
“Let the beauty we love be what we do.” Rumi