Gentle Yoga Flow and Meditation Course – Online

Mentally and physically preparing for the easing of lockdown, as well as the return to face-to-face classes.

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 Aimee is running an exciting new five week online course, VIA zoom, starting Thursday the 13th of April 2021. A taster session will run next week (6th of April) so that you can try before you buy.

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Gentle Yoga Flow – get fit, moving and active again after lockdown…

There will be a free taster session next week for our upcoming 5 week online Gentle Yoga Flow Course ran VIA zoom, from the comfort of your home.

As the end is hopefully in sight, preparing for a more active lifestyle is as important as ever. Especially looking after our physical and mental wellbeing moving out of lockdown. We know there are many benefits of practicing Yoga and Meditation. Our gentle movement and exercise classes help to open up the body and tone muscles in a safe, inclusive environment. We also practice gentle breathwork, meditation and relaxation. This helps the body to relax, reducing stress, anxiety and improving mood. We also include philosophy within the course, learning about body’s reactions to stress and how to alleviate this. We learn the theory and philosophy of relaxation and how to access this anytime.

When will the Gentle Yoga Flow course run?

The taster class will be on Thursday the 6th of April at 7:00-8:15pm. The classes will run for five weeks. It will run Thursdays 7:00-8:15pm every week from the 13th of April to the 10th of May.


If you sign up to the full course, here will be weekly emails and articles to help you develop a home practice. It will include tips of how to improve mental and physical wellbeing. This is really important as we start to approach the easing of lockdown restrictions, as many are finding the transition a challenge.

How much will the course cost?

The course will cost £17.50 for the 5 weeks, that is £3.50 a session plus support to develop a home meditation and yoga practice.

Drop ins will be available at £3.50 per class, however you will not get the emails and support to develop a home practice during the time the course runs.

What will I learn on the course?

You will learn gentle flowing yoga to help improve flexibility, respiratory fitness, balance and strength. This will be done with lying, seated, kneeling and standing postures. You will also learn how to incorporate movement into your daily life in bitesize chunks. Also, you will get advice on developing your own routines for day to day life. Incorporating 5-10 minutes practice of meditation and breathwork, for example, can make a massive difference to our day-to-day life.

Do I need specific equipment to join the Gentle Yoga Flow course?

Just a yoga mat, a peaceful quiet room and enough space to stretch out. Also, a blanket and comfy clothes are a must!

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Sounds great! How do I sign up?

If you or a loved one would like to sign up for taster session, the process is simple. Just email Aimee at amala.teesside@gmail.com and I will send you a health registration form, then you just log in using the link at the top of the screen (located in the ‘classes’ tab). It is essential the health registration form is filled in prior to joining any classes.

What classes will be running face to face, when restrictions lift?

Click here to see our Yoga classes in Teesside.

Hope to see you all virtually, soon!
Warm regards, Aimee

About The author:

Aimee is a Yoga, Meditation and Move It or Lose It! teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK.

To find out more, visit www.amalateesside.com

Move it or Lose it! Teesside – New online course and taster session.

– Preparing for the easing of lockdown –

Join Aimee for an exciting new five week online course, VIA zoom, starting Friday the 14th of April 2021. A taster session will run next week (7th of April) so that you can try before you buy.

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Preparing to get fit, moving and active again after lockdown…

There will be a free taster session next week for our upcoming 5 week online Move it or Lose it! Course ran VIA zoom, from the comfort of your home.

As the end is hopefully in sight, preparing for a more active lifestyle is as important as ever. Especially looking after our physical and mental wellbeing moving out of lockdown. Our gentle movement and exercise classes help to open up the body and tone muscles in a safe, inclusive environment. We also combine movements and practice a short, simple meditation at the beginning and end of the session to help with mental wellbeing. 

Here’s a snippet of some facts about the amazing work we do at Move it or Lose it! – Socially, mentally and physically.

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. It helps with maintaining flexibility, mobility, aerobic fitness, balance and strength. They help “turn back the clock” and help maintain independence. The exercises can be done standing, seated on a chair or standing with chair support. 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!

When will the course run?

The taster class will be on Friday the 7th of April at 3:00-4:00pm. The classes will run for five weeks. It will run Fridays 3:00-4:00pm every week from the 14th of April to the 11th of May.


If you sign up to the full course, here will be weekly emails and articles to help you develop a home practice. It will include tips of how to improve mental and physical wellbeing. This is really important as we start to approach the easing of lockdown restrictions, as many are finding the transition a challenge.

Drop ins will be available at £3.50 per class, however you will not get the emails and support to develop a home practice during the time the course runs.

What will I learn on the course?

You will learn gentle movements to help improve flexibility, aerobic fitness, balance and strength. This can be done seated, with chair support or free-standing. You will also learn how to incorporate movement into your daily life in bitesize chunks. Also, you will get advice on developing your own routines for day to day life. Things such as making a little exercise routine waiting for the kettle to boil can make a massive difference to our wellbeing.

There will also be elements of how to invoke relaxation into your daily life.

Do I need specific equipment to join the course?

All you need is a sturdy chair, some comfortable footwear and some 1kg hand weights. However, if you don’t have hand weights, tins of beans make wonderful substitutes!

Sounds great! How do I sign up?

If you or a loved one would like to sign up for taster session, the process is simple. Just email Aimee at aimee.bell@moveitorloseit.co.uk and I will send you a health registration form, then you just log in using the link at the top of the screen (located in the ‘classes’ tab). It is essential the health registration form is filled in prior to joining any classes.

What classes will be running face to face, when restrictions lift?

Classes will run across Teesside on an afternoon.

Currently we have locations for classes in:

Norton Grange Community Centre, Stockton-on-Tees

Mondays – 2:30-3:30pm

My Core Wellbeing, Guisborough, Redcar & Cleveland

Tuesdays 2:45-3:45pm

Academy 17 – Ormesby Bank – Marton-in-Cleveland

Wednesdays 2:30-3:30pm

St Marys Church Hall, Marton Carr Lane, Nunthorpe

Thursdays – 1:30-2:30pm

The Rings Community Hub, Ingleby Barwick

Fridays – 1:30-2:30pm

We will also be running Chair Yoga classes too!

Hope to see you all virtually, soon!
Warm regards, Aimee

About The author:

Aimee is a Yoga, Meditation and Move It or Lose It! teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK.

To find out more, visit www.amalateesside.com

Overcoming Barriers to practice : Anxiety

– Feeling too anxious to practice –

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When we feel anxious, we tend to avoid doing certain things. Yoga, meditation and exercise can be one of them, even though there are so many benefits to practicing.


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Physical activity is known to help with reducing symptoms of:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress

However, when we are struggling it can be difficult to engage in physical activity. Here are some tips and pointers to overcome those barriers and get moving to help with physical and mental wellbeing.


– Anxiety has a crippling effect on our motivation –

Stress, anxiety and depression are often reported as barriers to exercise. For those who have mental and physical health challenges, it is one of the driving factors, affecting 61% of people wishing to attend classes.


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Anxiety can have such an impact on our lives, people often disengage with day-to-day tasks and have challenges with exercise and joining classes. Yoga, Gentle Exercise and Meditation lessons have a myriad of benefits for those suffering with anxiety. For example, you can learn how to control your breathing and learn relaxation techniques which can be used on and off the mat. However, anxiety can be a barrier to us attending classes.

Some of the common anxieties around attending classes are feeling uncomfortable with being a beginner and worrying about what others in the class may think of their practice. The truth is, even the most experienced teachers are constantly learning and adapting their practice. Allow yourself the space to grow. People who come to yoga, gentle exercise and meditation classes share a common goal of improving their well-being.

– What are the common barriers associated with anxiety? –

– Low Energy & Low Mood –

Stress, lack of sleep and diet can cause us to feel anxious and contribute to feeling low on energy.

What can we do to help with low mood?



It is worth examining some of these things and addressing them to help lift our mood and energy.

  • Are you getting enough sleep at night?
    Spend some time before bed unwinding, have a nice relaxing bath. Read a book and ensure that there is no screen time before bed.
  • Are you eating too much sugar?
    Sugar can cause a whole host of problems for our mood, sugar spikes can cause highs in our mood, then when they wear off lows. To combat this, try to avoid having too much sugar in our diets. Perhaps, replacing sugar with healthy alternatives.
  • Are you eating healthily?
    We literally are what we eat. Our bodies build new cells from what we consume. Our bodies reactions and functions rely on vitamins and minerals gained from our diet. Ensure to eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day and avoid processed foods where possible.
  • Are you setting aside time in your day to relax and enjoy some you-time?
    To reduce stress and anxiety within your life, set aside time for you. Do what sets your soul alight, or soothes the soul.
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– Anxiety around causing or making a pre-existing injury worse –

– Pain and discomfort –

Pain and discomfort can be a barrier to practicing and exercising. From back pain, to stiff joints – sometimes it can seem that exercising will make a pre-existing condition worse. Challenges with circulation and breathing can also make movement and exercise seem like it will be too difficult.

What can we do to overcome this barrier?

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It is best to discuss exercise routines with a doctor or healthcare professional initially before starting a new routine. However, move it or lose it chair exercise classes and chair yoga classes are designed to be gentle on joints, done seated or standing. Another good way to get moving with exercise that is low impact is joining a local aqua-aerobics class.

The more you move, the more you are able to move…

It’s always beneficial to move the body in a safe way as much as we can. Starting out small and building up our routine is a wonderful way to do this. Break exercise down into small manageable chunks and work your way up to doing half an hour a day. Every movement and step counts.

A focus on losing weight can also help…

Being overweight can make pain in knees, back and legs worse. But, lose just 1lb and that would equate to a reduction of 4lb in knee joint pressure.

Getting more active can seem daunting, but find something you love doing and it won’t be a chore!

-Fear of injury –

Many people worry about injury and how it might affect their day-to-day life if they become injured or aggravate a pre-existing condition.

What can we do to overcome this barrier?

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Again, check with your doctor before starting any new routine. However, with a gentle routine, the right instructor and the right equipment – you can get active in a safe and supported way! Exercise and physical activity often helps the rehabilitation process. Start slowly and build on your practice.

– Cognitive Decline –

Those who are experiencing challenges with memory, cognitive decline or dementia can still get many mental and physiical benefits from practice. Exercise and movement helps maintain healthy blood flow to the brain and helps the body produce new cells.  It helps with proprioception, keeping the mind active. It also helps with balance and hand-eye co-ordination.

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What can we do to overcome this barrier?

To overcome cognitive decline, we need to make exercise part of our daily routine. Mental hygiene is as important as physical hygiene and we should do things to stimulate our minds daily. Keeping exercises simple, such as walking, climbing stairs, or simple stretching can really help us maintain a simple daily routine. Joining a class locally or online can help you to learn the ropes and start to practice a daily routine at home.

– Feeling Isolated –

Many of us have been feeling isolated during lockdown. This has an effect on our motivation to practice. Most people are more likely to work-out with a friend, loved one or at a local class. If someone has lost someone close to them, or if their partner has mobility challenges, they are less likely to be motivated to stay active.

Walking alone can make people feel vulnerable, especially as darker nights set in. Isolation can also make people feel scared or shy of joining group classes.

What can we do to overcome this barrier?

There are lots of local classes that people can join both online and in person.
AMALAwellness – Teesside offers a range of classes to help people stay active and mobile. As well as aiding physical and mental well-being. The key is to find something that sets your soul alight, that you enjoy. That way, as well as joining a class doing something you enjoy, you will make new friends with similar outlooks and hobbies. Family and friends can be wonderful for helping you stay active. Tell them about your goals and maybe you can encourage them to be more active too, or join them in activities.

– Set Smart Goals –

Sometimes things can seem daunting, but setting smart small attainable daily goals can really help us improve both out physical and mental wellbeing.

Try setting a goal of walking so many steps a day, or for a set amount of time a day. Join a local gentle exercise class, then progress from there. Even small attainable goals like drinking more water can help us improve our health and work towards bigger goals.

Hopefully some of these pointers will help you to get more active during and after lockdown.

AMALAwellness specialize in gentle movement and exercise. Aimee is trained as a Move it or Lose it! fitness instructor. These classes are available both online and in person and Aimee can advise you on the best route to getting you active again!

We would love to hear from you, please get in touch if you would be interested in any of our classes.

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About The author:

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Aimee is a Yoga, Meditation and Move It or Lose It! teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK.

To find out more, visit www.amalateesside.com