Yoga in Billingham, Stockton-on-Tees.

We are a socially conscious, community-minded local business with wellness at the heart of our mission.

AMALAwellness offer Yoga, meditation and Chair Based Yoga and Exercise classes across Teesside and easily accessible from Billingham!

Yoga classes in the Billingham / Norton Area.

Gentle Hatha Yoga Flow and Meditation Class

Yoga in Billingham

We have a Beginners/Improvers Community Hatha Yoga Class at Ragworth Community Centre in Norton/Stockton on Tees.

Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm.

A ‘Hatha’ yoga class will typically involve a set of physical postures (yoga poses) and breathing techniques, practiced slowly and with standing, seated and sometimes inverted static posture holds.

Classes are £6.50 drop-in, or equivalent £5.00 for a block booking. (£20/£25 depending on how many weeks are in a month).
**Block bookings are non-refundable and non-transferrable.**

Who is this class suitable for?

AMALAwellness' Gentle yoga Flow is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Beginners are very welcome. 

We have a range of students from 20 years old to 80+.

It involves standing, seated, kneeling poses as well as lunges. If you think this might be too challenging, you might be interested in our Chair Based Yoga and Exercise Classes.

The 1st hour is asana focused (postural practice) and the last half an hour is dedicated to practicing meditation and relaxation, where we flow through two or three different meditation exercises. 

Chair Based Yoga & Exercise

Chair Yoga in Billingham 
Stockton on Tees
It is suitable for anyone who needs a gentle practice. 
Options for this practice include seated, with chair support and free-standing, making the classes versatile. 

These classes are very fun and active. They are also very social with a wide range of ages and abilities attending. 

Beginners are very welcome. 

The first class is a taster session, so it is on the house!
After that, classes are £5.00 pay-as-you-go.

Contact us for more information and bookings.

If you would like to sign up to one of ourp classes in the area, please contact us using the information below.

Whatsapp/text/phone – 07774600440
facebook: www.facebook.com/amalateesside
Email – amala.teesside@gmail.com

We would love to welcome you to class!

About The author:

Aimee is a Yoga, Meditation and Move It or Lose It! teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK.
For more information on Aimee and the services she offers, contact her VIA www.amalateesside.com or www.facebook.com/amalateesside

Relaxation Techniques – relieve stress and anxiety with these tips

Relaxation techniques - AMALAwellness Teesside

Using Yoga and Meditation to learn how to relax.

“Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is relax”

Mark Black

Relaxation techniques are a great way of helping the body and mind to rest and recover.

Sometimes we can find it difficult to switch off. Especially as we have many day-to-day demands, work stresses and are constantly switched on due to notifications from phones.

This leads to increased stress, anxiety and other mental health issues.

– Why is it important to learn to relax? –

Symptoms of stress, anxiety and other mental health ailments can affect both our physical and mental wellbeing; as well as motivation, relationships, sleep just to name a few things. It can negatively effect the way we behave and react to certain situations.

Relaxation is not only about finding peace or doing a relaxing hobby. It has a very positive effect on both physical and mental health. These techniques help with maintaining wellbeing. They can help alleviate and regress long term health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and certain types of pain.

– How Yoga and Meditation can help –

Yoga is a mind body practice, that helps with not only physical wellbeing, but mental too. It combines gentle breathwork with physical postures, gentle, controlled movement, meditation and relaxation. There are a range of practices from the very gentle and accessible Chair yoga, to Hatha Yoga (most suited for beginners), to the very physical practice of Ashtanga Yoga.

When you find a practice suitable for you, it can help us become more flexible, mobile and active as well as reducing stress and anxiety within the mind and body. This in turn leads to a reduction in heart rate and blood pressure.

The Best thing is, Yoga and Meditation is suitable for anyone. All you need to do is practice.

– Aimee, AMALAwellness

Meditation helps with becoming present, slowing the heart & mind down and feeling at peace. When practiced regularly, meditation can have a wonderful effect on mental wellbeing. However, like working our physical body, the mind must be trained to see the benefits.

– Relaxation techniques you can take anywhere with you –

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Consideration of Environment…

Take time to create a peaceful environment where ever you are, whether it is your desk at work, or your bedroom or living room. Make time to create a peaceful and calm environment.

Set time aside for peace, calm and relaxation…

Whether its an hour to read a book in the bath, taking the dog for a long walk or attending a local yoga class. Taking this time is crucial for our wellbeing.

Gentle Yoga

Gently moving the body, stretching and having a focus on the breath can really help to calm the mind in a positive way. It helps to soothe the nerves and the nervous system, takes our mind to the present and gentle movement and stretching helps the body to produce hormones and chemicals which invoke a sense of relaxation and recovery within the body.

Autogenic Relaxation

Autogenic = coming from within…

Autogenic Relaxation uses visualisation and body/mind awareness to invoke relaxation within. It includes guiding muscles to gently let go and relax to take the mind and body into a place of deep calm. Usually, this is practiced lying down and to feel the benefits, 15-20 minutes of uninterrupted practice is needed.

Gentle Breathwork

Gentle breathwork is a process where we use or breath to change out physical and mental state for the better. It helps to soothe the nervous system. Slowing the breath and taking a one point focus to the breath helps us to calm the mind and body, slow down our heart rate and allow the mind and body to relax. Click here for a short practice to take with you anywhere.

Meditation

By just pausing, inhaling deeply, exhaling fully and gently closing the eyes, we can practice meditating anywhere we find ourselves. By just relaxing the shoulders, face, removing the tongue from the roof of the mouth and taking an awareness to the breath, it can being us back to the present moment.

– Guided meditations to practice at home –

Warm Autogenic Relaxation
7 Chakra Guided Sleep Meditation (Practice before sleep)
Guided spoken meditation for beginners
Meditation to Reduce Stress and Anxiety (Connecting to Loving Kindness)

Local AMALAwellness’ classes.

We run classes across Teesside.

Yoga & Meditation – Tuesday Evenings, Ragworth Community Centre, Norton, Stockton on Tees.

Gentle Yoga – Tuesday Afternoons // Meditation and Relaxation – Thursday Afternoons, My Core Wellbeing , Guisborough.

Yoga and Meditation – Friday Mornings, St Mary’s Chuch Hall, Nunthorpe.

See our Yoga & Meditation classes for days, times, pricing and location here.

What Relaxation techniques do you use? We would love to hear from you!

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

Ashtanga in Middlesbrough and Stockton – Managing Anxiety and OCD Symptoms

Practising Mysore Ashtanga (the traditional way of practising Asthanga yoga) has changed many peoples mental wellbeing around the world for the better. When practiced daily with persistence, it is a very transformational practice.

Through the power of having a committed, dedicated practice, not only does practice change for good on the mat, life off the mat starts to change too. That’s the magic of Ashtanga yoga.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a feeling of:
– Fear
– Worry
-Unease

Symptoms of anxiety include:
– Racing heart
– Excessive sweat
-Shaking
– Over thinking
-Shortness of breath
– Chest pains
– Increased heart rate
– Racing mind
– Changes in mood or behaviour

We all experience anxiety at times, feeling anxious is a natural reaction to some situations.

However, feelings of anxiety can be constant. When Anxiety becomes overwhelming or out of proportion to the situation. This can affect your daily life, work, hobbies and relationships. This is when we might need to find ways to alleviate symptoms or reach out to get support with anxiety.

What is OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)?

OCD is a form of anxiety disorder that involves repetitive, invasive and often unwanted thoughts that can lead to physical compulsions. (Such as checking a door is locked, or washing hands). It can be very distressing and disrupt a persons day when suffering with the symptoms of OCD.


How I used my daily Mysore Ashtanga practice to over-come anxiety and OCD.

Having a dedicated, daily Ashtanga and Meditation practice helped me to change my mind and body to overcome anxiety and OCD. This wasn’t a quick fix by any means, it took dedication and time. However as Yoga became an important part of my life, I found that my symptoms and suffering faded. Here are some of the things I found really helped me on my journey and hopefully can inspire others too!

– Tough Love –

With a dedicated practice, it opens up our energy channels (known as nadis) and starts to heal the emotional and physical body. It literally breaks you down, then builds you back up. The practice really improves strength, flexibility (both mentally and physically). When combined with a long meditation/savasana at the end it makes you reflect, more mindful, kinder and compassionate.

This helps with anxiety and OCD symptoms as Ashtanga is a physical practice. A session will help the body and mind in a similar way to physical exercise, releasing feel-good chemicals from the mind into the body. Also, coupled with meditation – it soothes the nervous system and gives us space to relax, recover and rest.

Dedication and discipline is the route to change.
No discipline/sporadic practice = the route to right back where you were.

A lot of people have a misconception that having a dedicated practice is a form of punishment. From having a dedicated practice and studying over the years, I have learnt discipline isn’t punishment. It’s self love. By being dedicated and consistent to my practice once more after lockdown, I started to see big shifts in my mental health and my life.

If you suffer from mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, OCD, etc, then being dedicated to something daily is where you may see transformation for the better. Especially when it is a focus on physical and mental well-being.


I believe, this is why Ashtanga is so transformational.

It’s a practice you can learn and take with you anywhere.

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All you need is your mat and you.


With this practice, it is indeed an internal practice and the rest is just a circus.

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Being disciplined in Mysore style Ashtanga Yoga can have transformative effects on both physical and mental well-being

How did I manage OCD and Anxiety with Ashtanga Yoga?

– CONSISTENCY! –

Consistency, discipline and a commitment to practising daily are important if you want to see any transformation in this practice.

It’s something you have to dedicate yourself to. If you practice Mysore Ashtanga Yoga, practicing at least 5 days a week is really important.

“Ashtanga yoga is for everyone, except for lazy people”. – Pattabhi Jois.

Through a consistent practice, you begin to learn your strengths and weaknesses. When including the Yamas and Niyamas (Moral and ethical codes Yogis live by) you work through issues and ailments in life both on and off the mat.

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Being devoted to the practice is the most important thing. With consistency, you start to break old habits, chains and thought patterns in your mind and form new ones.

By doing something mentally and physically positive for 21+ days, you will naturally start to rewire your mind and body.

– TIME AND SPACE –

We need to create space to:
– facilitate healing
– allow time to go deep with yoga and meditation practice
– create a peaceful, calming space for ourselves

Mysore Yoga

We need to give ourselves space and time for stillness and calm within our lives. Often, many people will state they are too busy to create this time for themselves. One thing I and many others have found so important in our journey, is facilitating time into our days and into our lives to switch off and allow the mind to still. When we do this, we find we feel less stressed and are actually more productive.

Taking this time is especially important if you suffer from OCD or anxiety.

– MENTAL & PHYSICAL STRENGTH –

When we practice consistently and dedicate to the practice, we are able to build physical and mental strength.

It takes a lot in the beginning to build up the confidence, emotional and physical strength and stamina. The practice is very physical.

Mysore Yoga

This is why it is such a transformational practice. It’s so humbling when you achieve something, the next thing is there. It’s always changing. It takes months, even years to build up the fitness.

You realise also, if you take a break, how quickly your mental and physical fitness changes. I’m quite fond of this quote by Sharath Jois, because it is very true for the Ashtanga practice, if a daily practice is done.

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Becoming more physically fit as well as working on the mental is important, you cannot really have one without the other. Same goes for diet, you cannot really practice if your diet is not sufficient. However, the more you start to look after your physical health, the diet naturally follows and many people find themselves making healthier choices.

– COMMUNITY –

Showing up even when you cannot face getting out of bed means you’re making a commitment to yourself and your practice.

When you show up daily you prove to not only yourself, but your teachers and fellow practitioners that you are reliable.

People notice when you aren’t around. Plus, teachers put a lot of effort into you, in the Mysore Ashtanga Method. They like to know that their effort is not in vain.

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By showing up, or honoring your commitment to a week, month, etc, course, you show your teachers you are invested in the practice.

– NATURALLY HEALTH & HAPPY –

When we practice, we start to naturally become healthier. We start to think of things we maybe didn’t think of so deeply before. Especially starting to look more deeply in to philosophy and Sanskrit.

We literally are what we eat. Our bodies use vitamins, minerals , proteins, carbohydrates and other compounds from our food to literally re-build our bodies from a cellular level. What we eat and what we drink is super important for our health, emotional and physical.

This also has an effect on our practice. We cannot expect to be our best at, or enjoy practice if we eat a late night pizza the night before, or have a few beers.

We naturally start to intermittent fast and think about the effects our food has on not only us, but the environment.

We also start to reflect on our own environments (santosha and saucha), the company we keep and how this affects our practice too.

Through this practice and intermittent fasting, plus changing my eating habits I have become much healthier and stronger (physically and mentally) plus leaner!

– REWIRING THE MIND & NEURONS –

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Practice becomes something you’re able to tune in to and commit to daily, where you set time to be dedicated.

This becomes routine, like getting up for work. Because of this routine, it becomes an intentional habit. After 21 days of doing something consistently, it becomes routine. 

It starts to reprogram the mind. You start putting your self, your mental and physical health first.

Ashtanga, Hatha, Gentle Yoga & Meditation…

I found that Ashtanga has been a big part my personal practice, but I have over lockdown and beyond, found solace in gentle yoga and hatha yoga, as well as really deepening my meditation practice.

Its the focus and dedication where you see the benefits, no matter what the practice. You need to find what works for you, there are many differing styles that can help you be dedicated to practice of Yoga and Meditation.


You can take the teachings and knowledge with you and practice anywhere. All you need to do is get on your mat 5/6 days a week.
Whether it’s 10 minutes, half an hour or two hours, as long as it’s a daily dedicated practice, that’s enough. Its just finding a routine.

I am so grateful for building up a dedicated Yoga and Meditation practice, as it has given me the discipline to practice daily, for my mind more than anything. Toning up and weight-loss are just a nice side effect of the practice.

It has inspired me to lead a more peaceful, healthy life and taken me to some amazing places in the world and given me much more confidence.

Its something I endeavour to keep up, to keep practicing… imagine where life might be in a year, 2 years… 10 years!

So as you can see, any type of practice when practiced daily will have a transformational benefit to your mental health, be it meditation, yoga, jogging…

I am so grateful for my teachers for showing me how finding a dedication and focus in life can really help to change your life for the better…

Dedication & Discipline= the route to change…

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Through having a regular daily practice, you will start to see how your mental and physical health start to improve naturally.



Do you plan to be dedicated to a practice?

Do you already have a consistent practice in something?

We would love to hear from you!

Ashtanga in Middlesbrough & Stockton

I offer beginners one-on-one Ashtanga lessons (see classes for more information) and teach Gentle Yoga and Hatha Yoga classes.

For in-person classes, or experienced Ashtanga practitioners looking to deepen their practice, I would highly recommend Maria Dowson (www.yogateesside.com) and Jenni Crowther (https://jennicrowther.co.uk/)

Both are local to Teesside and have a wealth of experience and knowledge. I am lucky to have practiced and attended their classes and they are wonderful teachers.

Do you plan to be dedicated to a practice?

Do you already have a consistent practice in something?

We would love to hear from you!

About The author:

Aimee is a Yoga, Meditation and Move It or Lose It! teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK.
For more information on Aimee and the services she offers, contact her VIA www.amalateesside.com or www.facebook.com/amalateesside

Community Yoga in Middlesbrough & Stockton (Teesside) – AMALAwellness

Update -19th July and beyond…

– Community Hatha Yoga & Meditation –
– Move it or Lose it! / Chair Yoga –

Hi all! Hope you are well and enjoying the Sunshine. As things start to change and restrictions are lifted, I just thought I would update you on our plans moving forward.

Follow us on Facebook for up-to date class information!

– Protocol for classes –

Although restrictions will be easing on the 19th of July, I have decided it is in the best interests of both myself and students to keep class numbers to 14 (16 in St Mary’s Church Hall) so that people can feel safe attending classes and still socially distance. Luckily our community classes are in quite spacious halls.

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– Optional –

This is optional, but preferred to keep people safe and able to enjoy classes for the foreseeable future.

For all classes, wearing a mask will be recommended for entering and leaving the building.
You can remove the mask when seated on your mat/chair and practicing.
When leaving, a mask will need to be worn.

2M + must still be adhered to, so please respect others spaces when setting up and practicing.

Please sanitize hands before class and bring your own mat.
If equipment is used, Aimee will sanitize these before and after class.
Please keep your personal belongings by your ‘space’ to avoid unnecessary contact with surfaces around the hall.

– Update to schedule – Online classes –

We will be running the online Move it or Lose it class till the end of July, then we will be moving to in-person classes only. If you would like to attend an in person class, please see our class schedule and let us know.

– Looking after ourselves as we transition out of lockdown –

As we start to exit restrictions, many of us may be feeling stressed, anxious or exhausted. Even with the worst hopefully behind us, the effects can still be felt. If this is you, you’re not alone.
As things start to lift, getting used to the new normal will be challenging for us all. Make sure to look after yourself as we start to transition.

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Yoga and Meditation Classes Online 
Teesside / Middlesbrough / Stockton

Yoga, meditation, Gentle exercise, relaxation and creating a stress-free home environment is so important, now more so than ever. At AMALAwellness we have a regular class timetable designed to help deal with the lockdown blues, maintain good mental health and keep active.

– New classes coming soon! –

We will be running a beginners Yoga and Meditation class in Linthorpe on a Monday morning, as well as setting up another Move it or Lose it! and Gentle Chair Yoga class soon…. so watch out for more information.

– Need to contact us? –

If you have any questions, please contact us on:

www.facebook.com/amalateesside

or email us on amala.teesside@gmail.com or aimee.bell@moveitorloseit.co.uk

Aimee is a Yoga, Meditation and Move It or Lose It! teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK.
Find AMALAwellness yoga and meditation classes in Teesside and online.

Hatha Yoga – Middlesbrough & Stockton

What is  Hatha Yoga?

Combining Asana (Postures) with Pranayama (Breathing techniques)…

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Hatha is the root of all yoga.   Iyengar, Vinyasa, Yin, Ashtanga and other forms of Yoga all stem from Hatha yoga. 

A ‘Hatha’ yoga class will typically involve a set of physical postures (yoga poses) and breathing techniques, practiced slowly and with standing, seated and sometimes inverted static posture holds.

Hatha means ‘force’ in Sanskrit हठ and attains that through the physical practice of Yoga, we receive the benefits. So Hatha yoga can be considered as anything you might do with the body to still the mind, including: 

  • asana – yoga postures (practised in any style of ‘yoga’)
  • pranayama – breathing techniques
  • mudra – hand gestures
  • Meditation and relaxation techniques

Hatha practices are designed to align and calm your body and mind. This practice is often modified and can be as challenging as you wish it to be, with modified poses for beginners. More challenging options are included for more experienced practitioners, making it accessible to all. Your practice deepens and grows with you as you progress.

It is recommended that you abstain from eating or drinking anything but water 2 hours before practice.

It has actually been proven that those who attend regular Hatha classes have reduced stress and anxiety levels, also their flexibility, core strength and cardio endurance improved. It also helped to improve balance, posture and mobility.

The Eight Limbs of Yoga.


When practising, asana (postures) are important, but there are 8 limbs to yoga and asana is only 1 of these limbs. When practising the other elements of Hatha yoga, such as chanting, pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation, kriyas (cleansing), and philosophy, plus eating a vegetarian diet, we can begin to link the benefits of healthy mind and healthy body.
 

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What is Hatha Vinyasa Yoga?

Vinyasa means “to place in a special way” , where in Hatha, we tend to hold asana postures for longer, in Hatha Vinyasa we flow through asana, linking postures and movement with breath. Without practising the other limbs of hatha/ hatha vinyasa yoga, you are only doing a gym class. It is really important to develop  a fully rounded practice to learn and get the benefits from Hatha properly. This is an integral part which is sadly getting lost and diluted in the west. 

Who is the practice suitable for?

The practice is suitable for anyone who is looking to begin or deepen their practice. It is suitable for beginners and improvers.

Postures include lying down, kneeling, lying on the front, beginners/improvers inversions and standing.

– Schedule –

Aimee teaches a Gentle Hatha class in Guisborough on a Tuesday Afternoon, an evening class on Tuesdays in Stockton, as well as a morning class on a Friday in Nunthorpe. Please see our timetable for more information.

What other classes are available with AMALAwellness?

If kneeling, or coming from seated to standing is too much of a challenge, we offer Gentle Chair Yoga, Movement and Move it or Lose it! Classes.

See our timetable for more information.

To summarize…

The benefits of this practice are well known. In the west it is mainly used to bring strength and flexibility to the body. However, if you take the time to learn about other aspects of Yoga; you can really begin to develop a deeper practice. Not only for your body but for your mind.

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 Like6

Beginners Yoga in Stockton – Teesside

**Main image from a local, talented photographer known as Stephen Hornsey.**

We have a Beginners Yoga Class at Ragworth Community Centre in Norton/Stockton on Tees. Tuesdays 7:00-8:30pm. For bookings and information contact us at amala.teesside@gmail.com.

For more information on the classes and services AMALAwellness offer, read on.

The class includes kneeling, seated and standing postures.

Beginners Yoga in Stockton – at AMALAwellness we cater for beginners and improvers in all of our Yoga, Meditation and gentle movement classes. We run classes in:

Stockton (Ragworth & The Glebe)
Middlesbrough (Nunthorpe)
Redcar and Cleveland (Guisborough)



Private one-on-one classes are available, on zoom and in-person, as well as running Move it or Lose it! classes across Teesside.

"Invite stillness into your life." - Eckhart Tolle

Starting a new Journey…

People decide to come to Yoga & Meditation classes for a vast array of different reasons.

From weight loss, to improving flexibility, strength, feeling a sense of community to alleviating the symptoms of stress and anxiety.

A comprehensive list of things needed to start your yoga journey can be found here.

Why is AMALAwellness good for beginners looking to practice Yoga?

Aimee has had a regular practice since 2013 and a daily practice since 2017.

She has over 470 hours of Yoga teacher training and professional development, with bodies such as Yoga Alliance , FABS, EMDUK, Move it or Lose it! and Yoga Alliance Professionals.

Experience and Knowledge

Aimee’s practice has grown with her. When she first started Yoga, she couldn’t touch her toes and suffered with anxiety. Yoga and meditation had such a positive effect on her life, that it transformed her physical and mental health. Aimee quit her 9-5 job as a Scientist to travel and practice Yoga around the world. Upon return to Teesside, she decided to set up her own business to teach people the tools she has learnt from her teachers and on her travels to help people transform their physical and mental wellbeing.

Aimee has ran 6 Week Beginners Courses with local Studios in Teesside and knows how to accommodate for all levels within a class.

Aimee is also trained in teaching Yoga and Gentle Exercise for Mobility, as well as experienced in teaching seniors and Yoga in studio and gym settings. Aimee has progressed in her practice, studying and learning from an array of experienced teachers from all over the world. Aimee has a range of knowledge and experience which means whatever your ability or goal, she can cater for you.

Aimee enjoying practicing outdoors in Nepal

Reflections on being a beginner and a focus on progression….


Remembering what it felt like to be a beginner, Aimee always take a holistic approach to practice. Movement is important for both physical and mental wellbeing, but at AMALAwellness we focus on philosophy and meditation to teach Yoga in its entirety.

Aimee always explains postures, breathwork and meditation techniques to make sure that the practice is suitable for beginners and helping improvers to advance.

More than just a gym class…



Meditation, gentle breathwork and philosophy are intertwined with a phyiscal asana practice. This makes the practice suitable for beginners and improvers, with postures differentiated for those looking to improve their postural practice.

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A focus on Community, with a fun, light-hearted and friendly atmosphere…

Classes always have a community feel, where people feel welcome. We focus on inclusivity and believe community and a non-judgemental space where people can enjoy practice should be at the fore-front of lessons.

We also practice meditation and relaxation techniques, allowing the mind to practice being still and peaceful.

Beginners Yoga in Middlesbrough -Affordable classes with a community feel…

Aimee teaches in Community Centres such as:

  • Ragworth Community Centre – Stockton & Norton
  • Norton Grange Community Centre – Norton
  • St Mary’s Church Hall- Nunthorpe

    AImee also teaches in Guisborough.

Classes can be drop in – so you can try before you commit to anything. You can also book onto a block of lessons, to really give the class a go. Block bookings are cheaper, but our drop-in rates are still really affordable too.

Aimee also works with My Core Wellbeing to bring accessible, affordable Yoga to those that need it. To see the full range of classes, please see our comprehensive list here.

What else does AMALAwellness offer?

Community classes Yoga Move it or Lose it Teesside Middlesbrough Stockton

As well as Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Beginners Yoga and Meditation classes, we offer Move it or Lose it! Classes – running across Teesside and online.

Move it or Lose it! classes help encourage and motivate people so they enjoy later life. We encourage top to toe workouts to help people stay active and feel fit for LIFE! Our aim is to help people to stay active and independent – especially those with mobility challenges. Our classes are fun, friendly and help build a sense of community.

Would you like to give one of our classes a try? Why not contact us for more information. You can complete the contact form here, or email Aimee directly at:

aimee.bell@moveitorloseit.co.uk
or
amala.teesside@gmail.com

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Yoga for Seniors in Teesside – AMALAwellness’ Social Enterprise Project

Young at Heart and Active for Life!

Yoga For Seniors in and around Teesside!

– Introduction –

AMALAwelless’ aim is to help seniors and those with limited mobility get fit and active for life through accessible, fun, social community based Gentle Movement and Chair Yoga classes.

We include time to focus on mental wellbeing in class, as well as physical aspects, making AMALAwellness’ classes well-rounded. Exercises can be done seated, with chair support and free-standing. Making classes accessible for all. Wheel-chair’s and walking frames are welcome!



Aimee already has classes running across Teesside, helping seniors in the local community stay fit, active and independent. Her aim is to provide more classes to those who would benefit most, working alongside local charities, community centres and care homes to facilitate this.

AMALAwellness – A Brief History

I initially came to yoga in 2013 to help me with my own battles with anxiety. I fell in love with the practice and it totally changed both my mental and physical wellbeing. I also loved the sense of community and support from like-minded individuals, as well as the teachers. It really inspired me. I came to have a regular practice and in 2017 left my job as a Scientist to follow my dreams of studying Yoga and Meditation abroad. Whilst abroad, I studied and gained experience with wonderful teachers in Thailand, India and Nepal. I completed two Yoga teacher Trainings and courses in Breathwork, Reiki and Meditation.
In 2019, I came home to help and support my parents when my late father was diagnosed with cancer. An opportunity to teach arose from my Yogi friend and from that AMALAwellness was born.

Yoga Stockton Middlesbrough

I set up my project through looking after my friends Yoga Class whilst she was on maternity. The average age of the students is 60+ and I enjoyed teaching it so much that I did a Move it or Lose it! course – which is about teaching seniors or those with limited mobility gentle movement safely and inclusively. I also teach meditation and relaxation. I seen the benefits of the classes on student’s lives, physically, mentally and socially. I wanted to do more to be of service in the community using gentle exercise as a modality. I have worked alongside My Core Wellbeing in Teesside, to run Move it or Lose it and gentle exercise classes in the community, as well as setting up my own classes independently.

I am very passionate about working with seniors and those with limited mobility. Since changing career paths in 2017, I have been drawn more and more to this modality naturally, where it feels more like a hobby or a vocation to me. I love hearing my students say they are happy, or that something in class has improved their physical/mental wellbeing. I cannot imagine doing anything else now.

– My Social Enterprise Project –

AMALAwellness’ aim is to offer classes for to help improve mental and physical wellbeing, as well as offering a safe, fun, inclusive social space for people to enjoy being active, learning something new and making new friends.

My main activities are gentle movement classes, yoga classes and chair based exercises, which can be done standing, with chair support or seated. My classes focus on the FABS acronym – Flexibility, Aerobics, Balance, Strength, which is incorporated into every class.

This helps people stay motivated, fit and active as well as providing a sense of community.
I work with those with Parkinsons, Dementia and COPD, for example.
In Gentle Exercise and Move it or Lose it! classes, exercises are done to music from younger years which really brings a smile to students faces.

I have helped over 200 people during lockdown and in person since January 2020, to improve their physical and mental wellbeing. Please read on to read about our classes, their benefits and the mental, physical and social impact of my project.

Gentle Yoga, Meditation and Relaxation

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Yoga for Seniors / Yoga for Limited Mobility

Gentle yoga classes for seniors / those with limited mobility are going to be accepting of beginners , as well as being beneficial to all levels. They may include meditation.
Classes will involve standing, seated and kneeling mat based exercises. They are intended to be slow paced, gentle and calming.

They aim to reduce stress and improve mobility, flexibility strength and balance.

If students have been intimidated by more athletic yoga styles or are looking for a way to unwind and reduce stress, they 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.

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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. This leads to 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.

Move it or Lose it! Gentle Exercise classes

Move it or Lose it is a gentle exercise class designed for those age 50+ and over, or those with limited mobility and a need for a different approach to exercise than usual gym-based modalities offer.

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Attending a Move it or Lose it class is great fun and as much a social event as a fitness class.

Move it or Lose it! Classes are designed to help you stay fit, motivated and active for life. It also helps 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. 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.

They can be adapted to meet your needs with less repetitions or lower resistance.

They are great fun to participate in and teach!

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-Our Impact on Teesside –

Aimee has already had a positive impact with Yoga, Meditation and Move it or Lose it classes in teesside. For those who have mental and physical health challenges, finding usual exercise settings, such as gyms, affects peoples ability to access services available. This affects 61% of people wishing to attend classes. By making classes accessible, this helps to eliminate this barrier.

We help to bring people together in the community, to socialise whilst keeping fit, active and looking after their physical and mental health.

The classes are taught in a community setting and in a warm, safe and inclusive environment. This makes the classes a wonderful way of looking after mental, physical and social wellbeing.

Mental impact

Move-it or Lose it! research findings suggest that 97% of participants had improved social fulfilment from their 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 in and out of class.

A big impact on mental wellbeing is loneliness. Our classes help to reduce loneliness within communities within Teesside.

Physical Impact

People who attend gentle movement and exercise classes are reported to be more mobile and active.

The more you move, the more you’re able to move.

It is important to stay active. These gentle exercise classes are taught with those who have certain challenges in mind, making them accessible and adaptable, so that anyone can enjoy and get the physical and mental benefits from a class.

The classes help improve flexibility, aerobic fitness, balance and strength.
Helping us stay fit, mobile and independent as we age.

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.

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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 and can be done seated or standing. 


When we injure ourselves, or have challenges to practice through illness, it can feel impossible to exercise. However, having a gentle approach to exercise can really help people heal and take steps, no matter how small, to being more active.

Movement helps us stay independent and able to do day-to-day things, like shopping, housework etc. Making classes functional and accessible means all can participate and get some physical exercise. Exercise also helps to reduce trips and falls, as well as reducing the onset of osteoporosis and other ageing related conditions.

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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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Social Impact

Classes allow people to come together from communities across Teesside to not only exercise, but socialise and make new friends too. Classes are a lot of fun, 95% of people who joined classes like these reported feeling an improvement in their mood.

To summarize…

Gentle Yoga, Chair Yoga and Gentle Exercise classes can have a wonderful impact on mental, physical and social wellbeing. I hope to continue to work in community centres and expand my business to reach more people that would benefit from these classes within Teesside.

If you would like to contact me, or work with me, please do so by the following means.

Email: Amala.teesside@gmail.com.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/amalateesside
www.facbook.com/moveitorloseitteesside
Contact form: www.amalateesside.com/contact

I endeavour to respond within 24-48 hours on Weekdays.

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

Find AMALAwellness yoga and meditation classes in Teesside and online.

Yoga Ingleby Barwick – Gentle Exercise and Chair Yoga For Seniors

‘Move it or Lose it!’ Gentle Exercise Classes, Chair Yoga and Yoga in Ingleby Barwick and Stockton-on-Tees.

Now classes are starting to take bookings, why not secure your place in our new wonderful Move it or Lose it Class in Ingleby Barwick, or Norton?

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.

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Gentle, accessible exercise in Teesside!

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.

‘I’m so excited to be returning back to class! I hope to see you all there. ‘

Join us on Fridays in Ingleby Barwick.

Location: The Hub Community Centre, The Rings, Ingleby Barwick.
Price: £5.00 a class (Booking essential due to Covid Restrictions)
Time: Fridays 1:30-2:30pm.

Join us on Mondays in Norton.

Location: The Glebe Community Centre, Norton, Stockton-on-Tees.
Price: £5.00 a class (Booking essential due to Covid Restrictions)
Time: Mondays 3:15-4:15pm.

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As the Nation prepares to ease lockdown on the 17th of May, preparing to look after physical and mental wellbeing in this transition period is as important as ever.

Our Move it Or Lose it!, Chair Yoga and Yoga classes help to improve:

  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Aerobic Fitness
  • Strength
  • Mental Wellbeing


All are welcome to join our group practices. We ensure classes are in a safe, inclusive, non-judgemental environment. We also have a focus on combining postures and movements with the breath. This makes the practice a work-in as much as a work-out. Simple techniques and homework mean you can incorporate what you learn in class into your life.

– Where are Yoga classes available? –

Aimee runs a Yoga and Meditation Class in Stockton on a Tuesday Evening.

Tuesdays

Yoga & Meditation – 7:00-8:30pm Ragworth Community Centre, St Johns Way, Stockton-On-Tees TS19 0FB .

Ragworth Community Centre is on the cusp of Norton and Stockton, easily accessible from both areas of Stockton-on-Tees.

Prices

£6.50 for a drop in or a block of 4 lessons for £20 (£5.00 per class) .

For information and bookings….

For more information and bookings, please contact us using the following:

Email: Amala.teesside@gmail.com / aimee.bell@moveitorloseit.co.uk
Facebook: AmalaTeesside / Move it or Lose it Teesside

Or you can use our contact form here.

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. Aimee teaches in Norton, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Guisborough and Redcar and Cleveland, as well as offering online classes.

To find out more, visit www.amalateesside.com

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Gentle Exercise Classes in Norton

**Main Picture of Norton Duck Pond sourced from Stephen Hornsey, a talented local photographer***

I’m really excited to be offering ‘Move it or Lose it!’ Gentle Exercise Classes
and Yoga and Meditation and Chair Yoga Classes in Norton and Stockton-on-Tees.

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Classes Aimee will run are designed to help look after your physical and mental well-being coming out of lockdown…

As we approach the transition period of lockdown restrictions easing, the end is hopefully in sight. Preparing to look after physical and mental wellbeing in this transition period is as important as ever.
Our gentle movement and exercise classes and Hatha Yoga classes help to improve:


  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Aerobic Fitness
  • Strength
  • Mental Wellbeing


We practice in in a safe, inclusive, non-judgemental environment. Everybody is welcome! We also combine postures and movements with the breath. This makes the practice a work-in as much as a work-out. Simple meditation techniques and homework mean you can incorporate what you learn in class into your life.


– Where are classes available? –

Mondays

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Community classes Yoga Move it or Lose it Teesside Middlesbrough Stockton

Move it or Lose it – 3:15-4:15pm Norton Glebe Community Centre, 6 Hanover Parade, Norton, TS20 1RF Stockton-On-Tees

Tuesdays

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Yoga & Meditation – 7:00-8:30pm Ragworth Community Centre, St Johns Way, Stockton-On-Tees TS19 0FB .

Ragworth Community Centre is on the cusp of Norton and Stockton, easily accessible from both areas of Stockton-on-Tees.

Prices

£6.50 for a drop in or a block of 4 lessons for £20 (£5.00 per class) .

For information and bookings….

For more information and bookings, please contact us using the following:

Email: Amala.teesside@gmail.com / aimee.bell@moveitorloseit.co.uk
Facebook: AmalaTeesside / Move it or Lose it Teesside

Or you can use our contact form here.

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. Aimee teaches in Norton, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Guisborough and Redcar and Cleveland, as well as offering online classes.

To find out more, visit www.amalateesside.com

The 8 limbs of Yoga: Philosophy for Beginners

Ashtanga – The eight limbed path

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras state that to live a meaningful and purposeful life, one should follow ‘Ashtanga’. Ashta translates to eight and Anga translates to limbs in Sanskrit, so the word Ashtanga means the eight limbed path.

There are eight limbs to Ashtanga Philosophy, which focus on self-control, self-discipline and moral and ethical codes we should live by as Yogis.

They give advice on staying healthy, cleanliness of self and environment, meditation and physical asana practice.

The 8 limbs of Yoga: What are they?

  • Yamas – the five ethical and moral codes Yogi’s live by. Ahimsa – Non violence, Asteya – Non stealing, Aparigraha – Non greed, Satya – Truthfulness and Bramacharya – being good with ones energy.
  • Niyamas – Five self disciplines. Saucha – cleanliness, Santosha – Contentment, Tapas – Austerities and heat, Isvara pranidhana – surrenderin.g to a higher power, Svadhyaya – Study of the self and Yogic Scripts.
  • Asana – The physical postural practice of yoga. The most common perception of Yoga, where we focus on the physical and mental well-being.
  • PranayamaGentle breathwork and breathing exercises, designed to help pranic energy (life force energy) flow and nourish the body, as well as helping to calm and still the mind.
  • Pratyahara – Withdrawal of the senses through meditation practice.
  • Dharana – One point focus, removing all other distractions, focusing on inner awareness.
  • Dhyana – Contemplation and meditation. Quieting the mind, unbroken flow of meditative state for long periods of time.
  • Samadhi – Union with the divine and self, deep sense of peace and stillness.

Beginners Philosophy, where is best to start?

It’s best to start with the physical asana side of practice and focus on bringing the Yama’s into your practice. There are many Yama’s we can incorporate into our lives both on and off the mat.

Often, Yoga is practiced for fitness reasons and the essence of the practice is lost. Incorporating the eight limbed path on and off the mat helps us to benefit from the philosophical and meditative sides to the practice.

A good place to start with asana practice is learning Surya Namaskar – The Sun Salutations. They help us learn proper breathing techniques within the practice. It also helps us build strength and flexibility, as well as teaching the foundations of building a lasting practice.

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For example, incorporating the Yamas – Ahimsa and Satya into practice.

Ahimsa – No harm in thought and action.

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Ahimsa translates into Non-harm/Non-violence in Sanskrit. We can start to incorporate this into our practice both on and off the mat.
It becomes obvious to not harm in action, but how often do we do this in thought? Especially to ourselves? are we kind to ourselves on the mat? Do we practice with ease, or do we force ourselves?
could we modify our diet to practice Ahimsa? Perhaps, leaning to more vegetarian or plant based diets. Could we look after ourselves, or others, mentally and physically more?

All of these pointers will help us practice Ahimsa both on and off the mat.

Satya – Being Truthful

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– What is Satya? –

Satya translates to truth in English.

When practicing Satya – Our thoughts and actions should be true, whilst not causing harm and being positive. How truthful are we daily? How many white lies do we tell? To ourselves, to others?
See an article I wrote on the subject of Satya here.

To Summarize…

We can all benefit from learning and practicing the eight-limbed path along side the more physical asana practice.

Do you incorporate philosophy and meditation into your practice? I’d love to hear from you! Comment or like below.

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