At the heart of my work is the desire to support people in relieving the suffering inherent in being human and to connect with the joy of living. This has been influenced by own struggle with chronic fatigue as a student at University and my journey from disconnection to being more connected, embodied and fully alive. Mindfulness & Yoga have guided the way.
In 2003 I qualified as a Yoga teacher and have been teaching ever since and for 4 years I was a tutor with the Anahata School of Yoga. Over the years I have explored a range of styles to enrich my understanding and experience. More recently I completed an advanced teacher training in Scaraveilli-inspired Yoga with Marc Woolford and trained in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga with the Trauma Institute.
In 2011 I discovered Mindfulness and began 4 years of training with Rob Nairn and the Mindfulness Association in Mindfulness, Compassion and Insight Meditation. I am on the UK listing of Mindfulness Teachers, teaching the Mindfulness Based Living Course since 2014 and the Compassion Based Living Course since 2016.
Since 2014 I have facilitated many mindfulness & resilience courses both to private groups and in corporate organisations including the Scottish Government, Tyneside Women's Health and the Road to Recovery Trust. I use gentle movement and mindful awareness to hold groups and individuals with chronic fatigue, pain and illness.
As well as teaching general groups, over the last 11 years I have been using gentle movement and mindful awareness to hold groups and individuals with chronic fatigue, pain and illness. I blend modern thinking with traditional practices. The latest developments in neuroscience, psychotherapy and the role of fascia in movement, along with learning from the natural world are informing my choices in how to guide myself and others in restoring resilience and feeling more fully alive.
"I really enjoyed the course...Sharing experiences helped the learning and understanding, this deepened the experience as well as being lovely...The course has helped me to be more compassionate towards myself and others"
"I enjoyed the course, understanding mindfulness in a caring and gentle manner backed up with a group of people who were supportive. I feel I got a lot from it, especially a feeling of self worth and self, even though at times the exercises produced uncomfortable feelings. I can see it was all a form of shedding those old thoughts and emotions. I found a degree of letting go through the course and would thoroughly recommend it".
Deborah F, Morpeth
"I always felt more positive after the sessions....the guided practices were good and beneficial in keeping focused. The course notes were also very helpful. Since the course I have been feeling more relaxed, taking time to sit and enjoy the silence, the pleasure of the garden and engaging all senses when out walking".
I have been practicing yoga for 17 years and teaching myself for some time, and in all that time I have found Sally's teaching to be most effective in taking my body and mind to exactly where they need to go. While other teachers help me to 'do' yoga, Sally's classes have helped my body to release, grow and breathe with seemingly no effort at all. It feels perfectly natural, as if my body is finally shown how to do what it's wanted to do all these years. As a result I've been able to do all sorts of poses that I never could before, even though it seems as if I'm doing nothing. Thank you Sally!"
"Softness is truly brought into awareness. I find this yoga fills me with a deep inner peace, love for my body and feel a lovely deep sense of trust working with Sally"
Sally has a way of asking you to do things in a kind and caring manner that puts you at your ease.
At the end of each session I feel really pleased with my achievements and look forward to each class".
Dr Norman Rickard, Morpeth
Mindful Movement (For ME & Chronic Pain)
Mindfulness is an effective tool in managing pain. Sally leads you
through, teaching you to adapt it to suit your own way of thinking.
Sally's brand of yoga/mindfulness takes you and your breath into your
body to surround and soothe the sensation of pain.
"I was in the early stages of recovering from ME when I first attended Sally's classes almost 3 years ago. I had been searching for something to help me manage my pain and stiffness and for a gentle way to help me develop my fitness. The classes offered a safe place where I could slowly learn how to listen to my body and get in touch with my emotions. I gave my body permission to gently unfold and release and my mind permission to just rest in the stillness. After so long of 'can't do' and 'should do', the peace and stillness were tremendously rejuvenating. I slowly found the symptoms ease and my energy gradually increased little by little. I used the techniques I'd learned in Sally's class as pain and stress relieving tools, and they were invaluable when I had trouble sleeping. During the sessions I began to feel a sense of integrating, being put back together, of coming home to myself. I've no doubt they were instrumental in my healing and recovery.
During one of Sally's meditations I had a real 'wow' moment when I realised I didn't know what it was to be gentle with myself, to accept my body, it's limitations and imperfections. This single realisation helped me to discover what it meant to work with my body in a collaborative partnership, helping it to gently serve me better as I learned to listen to it, care for and nurture it.
These experiences and insights helped me to learn not only how to be kinder and gentler with myself but also with those around me, especially my family. Who would have thought that a simple yoga session could offer so much? It could change your life, I know it did mine and for that and the wonderful teacher and facilitator that Sally is I am deeply grateful".
Claire, East Wemyss, Fife
Sally is helping me to manage chronic pain, fatigue and depression. Her compassion is at the heart of what she does; adapting yoga practice and mindfulness to suit my needs. She helps me to use the techniques to ease my mind and to comfort myself. This increases my mobility and Ican move my breath into my body, using it to surround and soothe the sensation of pain. Learning to use mindfulness in this way gives me interludes of rest and ease, lifting mood and increasing energy.
Sally allows me to set the pace and to reflect upon my progress which, in turn, increases my understanding of the techniques and the efficacy of her practice