Chair Yoga & Gentle Exercise Classes

AMALAwellness – Teesside offer gentle chair yoga and gentle exercise classes (Move It or Lose It! ) VIA zoom and across Middlesbrough and Stockton.

AMALAwellness’ aim is to deliver yoga classes to aid with over-all wellbeing, focusing on gentle exercises and relaxation/meditation techniques as well as quality of life and over-all health (both mental and physical).

‘I love teaching gentle yoga and meditation, working with students is really rewarding and after a few sessions people report feeling the benefits.
Its a really gentle and fun way to improve flexibility, mobility, build strength as well as working on improving confidence and reducing stress and anxiety.

The gentle movements in class married with breathwork and meditation make the classes great for both physical and mental wellbeing.

The classes have started to build up both in-person and virtually, with a lovely community feel. The classes are affordable and accessible to all abilities. ‘ – Aimee.

What is Gentle Yoga?

Gentle yoga classes are going to be accepting of beginners and people who have limited mobility, as well as being beneficial to all levels. They may include meditation. They are intended to be slow paced, gentle, calming and aim to reduce stress and aid mobility. If you have been intimidated by more athletic yoga styles or are looking for a way to unwind and reduce stress, you may want to explore gentle yoga. Also, gentle yoga is suited to those who are used to a faster pace and want to learn how to slow down.

What is Chair Yoga?

Seniors or those who have mobility issues avoid unnecessary movements due to fear of falling or injuring themselves. With limited movements, the limbs get stiff reducing the range of motion causing aches and pains in the limbs. Fortunately, with awareness of yoga practices spreading wide, those with mobility issues too can benefit from this practice through the introduction of Chair Yoga.

Benefits of Gentle & Chair Yoga:

  • stretching the muscles, to reduce pain and stiffness.
  • improves blood circulation to keep the body fresh and active.
  • keeps control of the blood pressure.
  • improves the range of motion of the joints, keeping the symptoms of arthritis in control.
  • Helps lift mood – reducing anxiety
  • improves balance and coordination
  • Improves physical and mental wellness
  • Lower the risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Aids in recovery from injuries or ailments
  • Manages pain and inflammation
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Helpful for working through difficult feelings
  • Gentle way of improving flexibility, strength and mobility accessible to all
  • Fun way to encourage community & sociability

If you think these classes would be of benefit to you, or a loved one please contact Aimee at www.amalateesside.com , VIA facebook or email amala.teesside@gmail.com

AMALAwellness ‘The Anahata Chakra’

Anahata translates from sanskrit as ‘unstuck’ , or unhurt and unbroken. 

heart-clakra

It is the fourth chakra and is thought of as a bridge between the upper and lower chakras. Moving from practicing on ourselves to sharing kindness and compassion with the world. The colour associated with this chakra is green. It is located in the middle of the chest.

It is my favourite chakra to work with, as it allows us to look inwards into our hearts and in doing that, create the space we need to transform, to accept things the way they are and to start healing. With practice, it allows us to forgive and make peace with our past, focusing more on the present moment.

Balanced…

When this chakra is balanced, we feel unconditional love, a lack of ego, a passion and a joy for life. We live our truth, feel no jealousy or envy and feel compassion for ourselves and for others.

Out of balance…

On the converse, when it is out of balance, we feel co-dependent, unable to cope on our own. People might be unintentionally manipulative and suffer trust issues. It can cause us to have difficulty opening up, relating to others and lead us to be withdrawn, defensive and scared or fearful of intimacy.

Physical inbalances can manifest as circulatory problems and lung infections.

How to balance this chakra…

We need to go beyond our ego and preconceptions, of our preoccupied minds and have an acceptance and make peace with what is.

To achieve this, on an every day level, is to engage with people, activities and places that we find inspiring, comforting and beautiful. Look after ourselves and others more, be open to giving more (look up random acts of kindnesss!) and be of service to others.

A key element is to practice meditation and breathwork exercises more also.

We all carry hurt and it is wonderful to meditate on this to forgive others in our life that have caused pain and suffering. It is very therapeutic for us and the people around us.

It helps us look at things from a different angle, of compassion.

It is useful to practice breathwork (pranayama) also to ground and calm the body and practice backbends in yoga, to open up our heart chakra (but overworking this can lead to purging of some unwanted emotions, so be wary!)

Some useful meditations and heart chakra music is linked below.

Open Heart Chakra ➤ Love Frequency 528hz Music

Heart Chakra healing meditation

Experiences with this Chakra…

As people deepen their practice, they start to realise the importance of meditation and working on letting go of the ego. When I do this, i feel so much more peaceful, compassionate and feel such love for those around me, my friends and my family. From a place of not wanting, or needing anything from them, just an unconditional love.

I see the beauty in the world and just want to be of service and a good person.

It’s not always like this, it’s normal to still get pangs of anxiety and worry and be affected by others actions, but it is something that we have to continually work on. When students put these techniques into practice, students report that personal suffering decreases day by day, especially working on forgiveness and looking at different viewpoints from other people.

There is a Buddhist quote –

‘If you truely loved yourself, you could never hurt another’

Which I connect and resonate with, as when I have hurt others, it comes from a place of hurt within myself… so I always try to see things from anothers point of view. Normally when someone hurts me, its because of their own internal pain and struggle, so it makes it easier to forgive.

A daily Yoga, Meditation and Breathwork practice allows us to work with this Chakra to improve our physical and mental wellbeing.

What is your experience with this?

Peace & Love

Aimee is a Yoga, Meditation and Gentle Exercise teacher from Middlesbrough, England. She teaches in Stockton, Middlesbrough and across Teesside. For more information, please visit www.amalateesside.com

AMALAwellness – Gentle Breathwork techniques- calm the nervous system & calm the mind …

In class, we often cover gentle breathwork at the beginning and at the end of our Yoga and Meditation sessions. Gentle breathwork has an important effect on soothing the nervous system:

Our nervous system is out of balance when we feel stressed, depressed or anxious.

Our nervous system has two main branches:
1. Sympathetic – Fight or flight symptoms (Survival mode)

2. Parasympathetic – Resting/relaxed state

When we are feeling stressed, anxious or fearful, our body and nervous system operate in the sympathetic branch of the nervous system. This causes to body to release stress hormones such as cortisol, which, when released too often, takes a toll on the body both physically and mentally. Being in this over-active state makes our mind race and causes us to feel uncomfortable in our own bodies. Often, our heart rate increases and we feel we cannot switch off or relax.

On the converse, when we operate from the parasympathetic part of the nervous system, it over-rides the parasympathetic leaving us feeling more rested and calmer.

How can we function more from the Parasympathetic?

There are lots of ways to switch to the parasympathetic, such as having a calm environment and home life, balancing work life vs home life and practicing yoga and meditation. However, today we are going to look at a gentle breathwork exercise to practice. This can be done anywhere, anytime!

A gentle breathwork practice – Part One

  1. If you’re practicing at home, set up a safe space and environment where you will not be disturbed. Perhaps, burn your favourite incense, or light a candle (I always like to make a spiritual safe space before meditating or doing breathwork).
  2. Sit comfortably, perhaps on a cushion and focus on the breath.
  3. Focus on the breath as you inhale & exhale – observe the lungs and the ribcage, what is happening?
  4. Start to slow the breath down for a count of four as you inhale and exhale, perhaps elongating the exhale a little longer.
  5. Place your hand on your chest and complete 10-20 rounds breathing like this.
  6. Return to a normal breath, pause and reflect – how does the body and mind feel after this short exercise?

A gentle breathwork practice – Part Two

Four Part Box Breath

  1. Inhale for a count of four, from the base of the spine to the crown of the head.
  2. Retain the breath for a count of four.
  3. Exhale for a count of four, from the crown of the head to the base of the spine.
  4. Retain the breath for a count of four.
  5. Complete as many rounds as you feel comfortable doing, remembering this is your practice. Take normal breaths when needed then come back to the practice. Complete 3-4 rounds.
  6. Return to a normal breath, pause and observe. How does the body feel? How does the mind feel?

These short, gentle exercises can really help to switch the sympathetic nervous system off and stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system.

Do you practice breathwork? Did you give this practice a try? I’d love to hear your views and experiences.

Aimee x

AMALAwellness – Teesside run Gentle Yoga, Beginners Yoga and mindful meditation classes across Middlesbrough , Stockton and Redcar & Cleveland.

For more information visit www.amalateesside.com

Move It or Lose It! Gentle Exercise and Yoga Classes in Teesside ….

Would you, or a loved one benefit from gentle movement classes? AMALAwellness is offering a range of classes to help people across Teesside be more active and look after both their physical and mental well-being.

Aimee recently qualified and became insured as a Move It or Lose It instructor and is starting to roll out classes in care homes and venues across Stockton and Middlesbrough ( Norton, Guisborough, Nunthorpe and North Ormesby).



AMALAwellness also offer Chair Yoga Classes too!

Aimee is excited to offer these lessons as they are really fun, accessible and affordable for people who would usually struggle in a gym where aesthetic goals are the aim of classes.

Aimed at getting people active and moving in a fun, gentle, safe and supported way, every age and ability would benefit from these classes.

What is Move it or Lose it?

Move it or Lose it is an exercise class designed for those age 50+ and over , or those with limited mobility and a need for gentle exercise.

Attending a Move it or Lose it class is great fun and as much a social event as a fitness class. It will help you stay fit, motivated and active for life as well as helping with maintaining flexibility, mobility, aerobic fitness, balance and strength.
The exercises have been created in partnership with the Centre for Healthy Ageing Research at Birmingham University to help “turn back the clock” and help maintain independence.


The exercises can be done standing, seated on a chair or standing with chair support and can be adapted to meet your needs with less repetitions or lower resistance.

Benefits of Move It or Lose It! classes:

  • fun, friendly, accessible and affordable
  • simple dance moves to music help gently raise heart rate
  • exercises designed with those with limited mobility in mind
  • reduces pain and stiffness by stretching the muscles
  • improves blood circulation to keep the body fresh and active.
  • keeps control of the blood pressure.
  • improves the range of motion of the joints, keeping the symptoms of arthritis in control.
  • helps lift mood – reducing anxiety
  • improves balance and coordination.

What is Chair Yoga?

Seniors or those who have mobility issues avoid unnecessary movements due to fear of falling or injuring themselves. With limited movements, the limbs get stiff reducing the range of motion causing aches and pains in the limbs.

Fortunately, with awareness of yoga practices spreading wide, those with mobility issues too can benefit from this practice through the introduction of Chair Yoga.

Benefits of Chair Yoga:

  • stretching the muscles, to reduce pain and stiffness.
  • improves blood circulation to keep the body fresh and active.
  • keeps control of the blood pressure.
  • improves the range of motion of the joints, keeping the symptoms of arthritis in control.
  • Helps lift mood – reducing anxiety
  • improves balance and coordination.

Try a taster class for free, VIA zoom with Aimee.

Friday’s 3:00-4:00pm.

Contact us VIA facebook ( AMALAwellness – Teesside )
or email us amala.teesside@gmail.com for more information,