Beginners Yoga in Middlesbrough

Beginners Yoga in Middlesbrough – at AMALAwellness we cater for beginners and improvers in all of our Yoga and Meditation classes. We run classes in Stockton, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.
We also offer private one-on-one classes, on zoom and in-person, as well as running Move it or Lose it! classes across Teesside.

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

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 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.

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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
  • Academy 17 – Ormesby

    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!

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.

Ahimsa - the yogi dictionary

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

Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners

Students often ask for meditations to practice at home, so I thought I would make some articles about starting to incorporate a practice into daily life. Also, including a meditation to practice independently from the comfort of home.

There are many benefits of guided meditations, such as:

  • Reducing stress and anxiety.
  • Internalizing thoughts and emotions
  • Decluttering the mind of thoughts
  • Increasing mental wellbeing
  • Lowering blood pressure

    Just to name a few!

However it is important as we progress in practice to start learning meditation independently.

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Mindfulness Meditation is a way of training the mind. It is a practice that teaches the mind to:

  • Let go of negativity
  • Slow down racing thoughts
  • Calm the mind
  • Invoke rest and relaxation within the body
  • Promote healing, both mentally and physically
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How does Mindfulness relate to Yoga?

Yoga Chitta Vrtti Nirodha – Yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations of the mind

Patanjali – Yoga Sutras, Sutra 1.2.

As this sutra states, Yoga is the stilling of the fluctuations the mind. Learning to still the mind is the primary aim of yoga. Everything else is just a wonderful side effect of practicing this Sutra.

Mindfulness Meditation – both on and off the mat


Meditation and mindfulness, both on and on the mat play a vital role in attaining a still mind. It must be practiced daily and be at the forefront of our practice. If we just practice asana, without this element, we lose the essence of what Yoga truly is.

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It is really important to marry both movement and postural (asana practice) with meditation techniques, to have a whole, well rounded practice.

A Mindful Meditation to practice at home

This simple meditation can be practiced anywhere, for as long as you wish.

Part one – gentle breathwork

Inhale from the base of the spine to the throat, slowing the breath to an extended count of four.
Pause, retain the breath for a count of four.
Exhale from the throat to the base of the spine for a count of four.
Pause, retain the breath for a count of four.
Repeat as many times as you wish.

Remember, you can return to a normal breath then practice again if you wish. This is your practice and your time.

Part two – Mindfulness Meditation

Become aware of the breath – what happens to the belly, chest and ribcage as we inhale? What happens as we exhale?
Feel the sensations associated with air entering and exiting the body.
Pay attention to the rise and fall of the belly.
Bring a focus to each breath.

After a while, return to a normal breath.
Just be still. Listen.
Become aware and listen to sounds around you, without putting to much emphasis on them.
If thoughts come, don’t put too much emphasis on them, just return to the awareness of the breath then let the breath return to normal.

Stay in the practice for at least 10 minutes.

Yoga classes in Middlesbrough, Guisborough and Stockton

Aimee teaches an array of classes in Nunthorpe, Marton, Norton and Guisborough, and across Teesside. Mindfulness is always incorporated into classes.

Tuesdays in Norton / Stockton

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

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

Fridays in Nunthorpe / Middlesbrough

Yoga & Meditation -9:30- 11:00am St Mary’s Church Hall, Morton Carr Lane, Nunthorpe.

£6.00 for a drop in or a block of 4 lessons for £20 (£5.00 per class) 

Email amala.teesside@gmail.com or contact us for information & bookings.

Do you use mindfulness meditations in your practice? Is it something you wish to incorporate? I would love to hear from you!
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

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!

Gentle Yoga Flow, Middlesbrough, Stockton and Teesside

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

Yogi Experiences : The Kriyas – Jala Neti

The experience of Kriyas (1) – Jala Neti

Aimee of AMALAwellness has used a Neti Pot for many years, here she speaks of her experiences:

– What are Kriyas & What is Jala Neti? –

Kriyas are a cleansing technique used in Hatha yoga to help clear toxins and purify the body. One of the most popular Kriyas is Jala Neti.

I have had the chance to experience a few of the Kriyas in my practice and Yoga teacher trainings. One I love doing and regularly do is Jala Neti. I practiced it a lot in Rishikesh, Northern India and still continue to practice to this day.

– How do you use a Neti Pot? –

As the diagram shows; salt water is passed through the nasal cavity, with the aid of a ‘neti pot’ or lota.

When you hold your head at a certain angle and pass salt water through one nostril with your mouth open, it passes out the other nostril.

– Sinus Relief –

Some common symptons with sinus problems include:

  • Pain / Pressure / Swelling / Tenderness in the face
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Nasal dripping
  • Reduced smell and taste

Neti pots with a saline solution help to clear the sinus cavity and reduce these symptoms.

– What are the benefits of Jala Neti? –

Physical Benefits

It is really effective at removing mucus and dirt from the nasal passages and clearing sinuses. I had really bad sinusitis recently and practising jala neti reguarly recently has helped to clear it and my sinuses feel a million times better! Its been a good thing to practice as it can be quite dusty here, so I have been doing it regularly early morning before practice.

It definitely improves a persons ability to breathe more clearly.

Mental & Spiritual Benefits

This process helps clear and cleanse the third eye chakra (agna chakra), helping us think more clearly and aiding with stilling the mind when practicing meditation.

– Give it a go …! –

I would definitely recommend it to anyone who suffers sinus problems or asthma.

It may seem weird at first (I can remember the 1st time I did it and thought… what is this bizzareness!) but its a practice definitely worth doing. When I have showed my friends how to do it, they also enjoyed it!

What are others experiences with Kriyas? I’d 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

Move it or Lose it! Classes in Teesside

Gentle exercise classes & Chair Yoga classes – Middlesbrough and Stockton –

– Move it or Lose it , post lockdown –

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Move it or Lose it! classes help motivate people to move more 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.

Aimee is setting up classes across Teesside – see the timetable below.
All classes are on the ground floor with ample parking.

Join a safe and friendly community to exercise, socialize and try new things.

– Where will classes be available? –

Class Schedule for Move it or Lose it classes in Teesside, Middlesbrough , stockton and Guisborough .

Stockton-on-Tees

Mondays – Move it or Lose it! – 2:30-3:30-pm

Norton Grange Community Centre62-64 Somerset Rd, Norton Grange, Stockton-On-Tees TS20 2ND

Fridays – Move it or Lose it! – 1:30-2:30pm

The Hub Community Centre – The Rings, Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-Tees TS17 5LL

– Middlesbrough –

Wednesdays – Move it or Lose it! – 2:30-3:30pm

Academy17 – 5 Prtichett Road, Ormesby. TS30NQ

Thursdays – Move it or Lose it! – 1:30-2:30pm

St Mary’s Church Hall – Marton Carr Lane, Nunthorpe. TS70JU

– Redcar & Cleveland (Guisborough) –

Tuesdays – Move it or Lose it! – 2:45-3:45pm

My Core Wellbeing7A, Reid Terrace, Guisborough TS14 6EB

For bookings, information or any other enquiries, please email aimee.bell@moveitorloseit.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Yoga Spotlight: Steph Wall – Mother and Baby Yoga / Pregnancy Yoga

In todays Spotlight is Steph Wall, a lovely and talented Yoga Teacher who specialises in Pregnancy yoga and Post-Natal yoga classes in Middlesbrough. She is also a massage therapist and reflexologist working from her home treatment room in Marton.

https://www.stephwallthehive.co.uk/

She was interviewed about her about her experiences with Yoga and Pregnancy / Mother & Baby Yoga. Read on to find out more and the classes she runs in and around Teesside.

1. Why were you drawn to Yoga initially? What made you interested in Pregnancy Yoga and Mother and Baby yoga? 

I started practicing yoga by accident really, 20 years ago I went along to a class in a tiny church in Hull with a friend and didn’t really know what to expect. I became interested in Pregnancy Yoga and Mum and Baby yoga through my own experience having a dedicated yoga practice and throughout 3 pregnancies. I am passionate about sharing with others how yoga practices, however simple or complex can really empower women throughout all stages of pregnancy, birth and post natally. 

  I wasn’t even sure if I liked yoga at first, I was about 40 years younger than everyone else, it felt really slow and I found it really hard to slow down and stay still! Looking back it was exactly what I needed at the time. Despite being unsure that tiny seed was planted and I went to that little Hatha class with dedication for another 8 years. At that point I was truly hooked on my yoga path. My teacher Hilda Ormrod was in her late 80s when I started and she continued to teach until she was 91! She was and still is my inspiration. Hilda was one of the first women in England to train and teach yoga through the very early days of the British Wheel of Yoga.

2. How did you start to practice? What effect did it have on your life, both mentally and physically? When did you decide to practice and teach pregnancy yoga? 

I didn’t really know of many other styles of Yoga at that point as it wasn’t as mainstream back then as it is today. I learnt to love the slowness of Hatha and also it continued to challenge me. Hilda always encouraged us to delve deeper into the philosophy underpinning the asana practice.  At that point I became pregnant with my first daughter. I didn’t know that “pregnancy Yoga” was a “thing”! By that point I had a good understanding of the basics and instinctively adapted my hatha practice to what felt good. I was a full time teacher so didn’t have the same level of practice that I have now but I clearly remember how yoga suddenly seemed so important and magical during my pregnancy. I had a homebirth and the pranayama techniques I was familiar of in class (especially ujaii breath) became instinctive, I felt I could trust my inner wisdom and the birth was an amazing experience. I remember the midwives actually in shock that I had given birth!  I knew then that it was all to do with Yoga but it still wasn’t quite clear to me how. 

3. How did your mind and body change when you started a regular practice? Was anything a quick change, did anything take a long time? (Give examples if possible) did you feel any effects from pregnancy yoga? 

I think when you start a regular practice changes definitely happen but you don’t always notice them as they can be subtle. The changes in my mind and body I found from my early practice were very different depending on the style of yoga. The years of Hilda’s classes gave me a solid grounding in breathing techniques, meditation, Yoga Nidra and Yoga Philosophy. It also began my meditation practise. I found it nearly impossible to lay down for Savasana but as the months and years went on it became my favourite part of the practice. I found that I was able to navigate through the highs and lows of life in an easier way. Yoga is like a friend that is always there for me and it allowed me to connect to that inner stillness. That’s what I needed and the challenge for me to connect to that. Later after I had my first baby I felt that I was looking for strength and for something else, a more physical practice. I found an amazing teacher with Anne-Marie Mainprize in Hull and that was really transformative both physically and mentally. I found that my body became so strong. I loved the repetition of the practice and could feel physical progress (as in strength and flexibility) quite quickly. Whether it was Ashtanga or Forrest Yoga I found that I moved from one goal asana to the next whether it was a head stand, then lotus, or forearm stand. There was always and is always somewhere to progress to. The strong postures, the flexibility and smashing those inversions were all very alluring but I soon realised and began to feel that it was the practice itself – not the elusive asanas that gives the benefits. As an example it took me 2 years of a stronger practice and 8 years in total before I could do some kind of headstand. It’s that mental dedication, focus and practice itself that matters not the actual headstand.

4. When did you decide you wanted to facilitate and teach pregnancy and mother and baby  yoga classes?

I qualified to teach yoga in 2015 and during that time I was about to embark on IVF. I instinctively moved away from a strong Forrest Yoga practice to much gentler and nourishing yoga to try to help my fertility. I was drawn to Uma-Dinsdmore Tuli’s work on Yoni Shakti. It’s the incredible approach to gain back the feminine power of yoga. That book really changed my practice and my life! I enrolled on her Pregnancy and Post-Natal training course in London and I’ve never looked back. The practices I learnt are not just for pregnancy but they empower women in all stages of life, helping women (and men) get back to their inner wisdom, to use that wisdom to nourish and bring back power and freedom. I really immersed myself in all the practices of this Yoni Shakti or “womb yoga” ( awakening the feminine life force “Shakti”). I started up a pregnancy yoga class and our IVF was a success and I was pregnant myself. I don’t think it’s a necessity to have experienced pregnancy to teach this form of yoga. However, personally I felt I could really relate to my students and adapt my classes through experience. When my little boy was born I felt so much more empowered and equipped with the knowledge of how to maintain a yoga practise in a safe way, I understood how to rebuild my core strength and how the body changes. I set up my first mum and baby yoga class when Dylan was 5 months old, it was a magical time as my mam brought him along to the class and we all practiced together!

5. What are the benefits, both mentally and physically, of practicing Yoga and meditation when pregnant?

Lots of my students come to pregnancy yoga without any other yoga experience. Doctors and midwives strongly recommend yoga now along with hypnobirthing techniques. There are so many reasons and benefits, the most popular reason women come to pregnancy Yoga is to be able to continue physical movement and gentle exercise knowing its safe. It can help prevent SPD (pelvic pain), It can reduce swelling, improve the lymphatic system, ease lower back ache and general pains and improve posture and strength. We also cover techniques to help with birth; such as learning how to release the pelvic floor and the chemistry of hormones. When women come to class however they find that yoga is so much more than just the physical benefits and has profound effects in unexpected ways! We practice relaxation and Yoga Nidra which is so important. It nourishes both the mum and baby in the womb, it helps balance hormones that constantly change and fluctuate. Most importantly it makes you feel good! Sound practices and mudras (hand gestures) are so magical and powerful during pregnancy. Working more on the energy body we can directly bond with the baby in the womb, a low hum is like giving our baby a little sonic massage. They love the vibrations, their heart rate lowers, stress hormone cortisol is reduced, babies also recognise these sounds after birth and feel soothed. I feel it’s important to share in my classes the scientific research that backs up all these ancient practices too.

6. How do people benefit from mother and baby yoga?

 Everyone has such different experiences during pregnancy and Birth. When women come back to me for Post-Natal Yoga they share their stories. They are there to support each other to help navigate this constantly challenging but also beautiful time. I feel that’s the most important thing for the wellbeing of new mums. Whether they have had a C section, a traumatic birth or a natural birth (and all inbetween) we come together to work out what that particular group need at that time. We always work on strengthening the pelvic floor, gentle core work, easing out aches and pains in the shoulders and upper back common with nursing young babies. We learn yoga sequences and breathing techniques to nourish and gradually build up strength. I want the mums to feel looked after, cared for and safe for that small time so always have time for relaxation. The sessions are balanced so they are really beneficial for baby too! Babies love the sound practices, songs and rhymes and its lovely to see they recognize them! Mums learn postures that help babies development and also fun yoga that they can enjoy together and bond.

8. What would you recommend for people looking to practice Yoga and Meditation when pregnant &  postpartum , but don’t know where to start?

For anyone interested in pregnancy yoga or even looking for a class with their baby I would always suggest asking other mams and friends. There are more and more classes out there now and it’s always good to go with a recommendation. It’s been especially hard during this last year with Covid as many classes are cancelled but on the flip side this has opened up a whole new world on online classes and groups! In some ways online classes may be more accessible for some women and you can connect with women and teachers from allover the county or even world which is pretty exciting! I recommend a teacher called Suzanne who is based in York who has put together an Online Pregnancy Yoga programme for anyone who may not be able to get to a class in person. I am affiliated with this course so feel free to contact me for more info on this. Also find her directly at www.formodernmothers.com 

Vikki is amazing and an ex midwife who offers all kinds of services for fertility, pregnancy and hypnobirthing in the Stockton and Middlesbrough Area. 

Janis Leach is a lovely teacher, currently teaching 1:1 zoom pregnancy yoga classes and is based in Redcar.

Most teachers offer trial classes before booking up a block of classes so its’ always worth trying a class first as its important to feel a connection with the teacher or group. 

I personally love to teach face to face and I’m waiting patiently to be able to set up my groups again soon. I run a Pregnancy Yoga class on Saturday Mornings and Mum and Baby classes on Wednesday mornings.

– Thank you Steph! –



Thanks so much Steph, for taking the time to feature on our SpotLight for this week.

For more information on Steph and the services she offers, see below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stephwallyogauk/

Website: https://www.stephwallthehive.co.uk/

About The author:

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

Satya – Being Truthful (Yoga Philosophy)

AMALAwellness – Yoga in Teesside

Yoga Spotlight – Satya (Truthfulness)

Today we bring a spotlight to Satya and how it can affect our practice. Both on and off the mat.

– What is Satya? –

Satya is a Sanskrit word, translating to truth or essence in English. It is the second Yama which comes from the Eight Limbs of Yoga.

Sanskrit for Satya - Truthfulness, Sanskrit definition.
AMALAwellness - Teesside , Middlesbrough , Stockton

We should be truthful in thought, action and in speech. Our expressions and actions should be true, whilst causing the least harm and influencing positivity. What we say, both internally and externally has an effect on our mind and consciousness.


Truth -Satya. Yoga in Middlesbrough and Stockton - AMALAwellness - Teesside

– How often are we truthful in daily life? –

This is a really difficult thing to practice, if we pause and reflect most would be surprised how often we revert to telling white lies, or falsehoods. Whether it is in our mind internally or externally speaking to others. Exaggerating a situation, belittling ourselves, telling stories, etc. I am sure we can all think of an example when this has occurred in daily life.

Small, white lies can also have just as much effect as big lies too. Or avoidance of speaking the truth. Sometimes, its better to be honest and word things in a way to avoid causing pain if possible. Sometimes, its just better to stay quiet also, rather than cause hurt. However, this is all a fine balancing act, which is why practicing Satya is very challenging.

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On the mat, off the mat and Ahimsa…


We practice Satya on the mat, being truthful with our abilities in Asana. Realising our limitations and not pushing too hard, or not beating ourselves up about progress (practicing Ahimsa).
When we start to open up and progress, we realize a lot about ourselves and our behaviours on the mat. Rushing through certain postures, avoiding things that may be challenging.

It starts to transfer to off the mat too and when we pause an reflect we notice truths we maybe avoid, maybe we should speak up about, or we are aware of and should not speak up due to the pain it may cause. It’s like balancing Satya with Ahimsa (non-violence in thoughts, actions and speech).

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Do you resonate with this post? Do you incorporate Satya in your life?
I’d Love to hear from you!

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 Middlesbrough, Stockton, Teesside and online.

The Yogi Dictionary

Some regular terms we hear in Yoga Class

When we are in class, we often hear the teacher say some phrases and words that are hard to decipher.

‘Focus on your drishti!’ / ‘Feel your Prana flowing’

What do these phrases mean? How can they benefit your practice?

In this post, we look at some common phrases heard in a Yoga Class and break them down, making them easily understandable, with advice on how to incorporate them into your practice.

1.Drishti is a point of focus that helps us to balance.

When we practice an asana posture that requires us to balance, have focus, and be stable, our teacher usually tells find a point to fix our gaze our upon. This helps us stay both physically and mentally steady. ‘Drishti’ can be a point on the wall, our thumbs, a hand, our big toe, to name a few!

the most common time I use this term is when students are practicing Vriksasana-Tree pose.

2. Pranayama is a point of focus that helps us to balance.

Prana – our vital life force, our energy and breath which gives us energy and sustains and vitalises the body; 
Ayama – “ extend, draw out” meaning to extend and draw out.

In class, we often do breathwork techniques to encourage the flow of Prana and bring a soothing calm to the nervous system.


3. Prana – our vital life force, our energy and breath which gives us energy and sustains and vitalises the body.

4. Nadis – Energy channels through which Prana flows.

Nadi is a Sanskrit word which translates to ‘tube, pipe, nerve, blood vessel, pulse’. It is is a term for the energy channels through which Prana flow. The Nadis are said to connect at special points of energetic intensity, known as the chakras

5. Mudra – the hand positions used in poses and meditation practice.

The term mudra translates to ‘seal, mark or gesture’. It is defined as the use of hand gestures during meditation and Yoga Asana Practice that help with channeling the flow of energy and Prana within the boy. 
A common mudra is Gyan Mudra – the Mudra of Knowledge.

6. Ahimsa – No harm – No violence in thouse and action.

Ahimsa is a Sanskrit word which translates to ‘no harm’ or ‘no violence’ in English. 

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It can be found in the 1st limb of Ashtanga Yoga and is one of the five Yamas. (Yamas are ethical standards and a  code of conduct in the Yoga Sutras).

Ahimsa is one of the most important aspects of Yoga.

 Ahimsa means no harm. This means to any living beings, including yourself In both action and thought. 

Peace begins with no violence and no harm. To be truly at peace, you have to be at peace with yourself and others, internally as well as externally. 

I wrote a previous blog post which goes into Ahimsa in more depth, it can be read here.

Learning philosophy and Sanskrit will really benefit your Yoga Practice both on and off the mat.

I hope you found this article insightful.


Are there any terms you find challenging? Do you actively learn Philosophy and Sanskrit along side your practice?

I’d love to hear from you!

Aimee is a Yoga and Meditation teacher in located in Middlesbrough, England, UK.


Find AMALAwellness yoga and meditation classes in Teesside and online.