Whole Health Pathways – About Michelle

Whole Health Pathways

About Michelle

My holistic journey began with 21 years in the National Health Service. Nursing in both hospitals and GP Practices opened my eyes to the need for a wider, individual and holistic approach to health.

I see myself as a bridge between the health service which currently needs us to practice self care when possible to a more sustainable approach to wellness. I offer classes, workshops and a Holistic health programme to address these needs. They are rooted in the choices and small actions we make every day such as movement, eating well, sleeping and managing stress and emotions.

I believe in the uniqueness of each person and that we can all find a pathway to wellness that changes through the cycles and seasons of our life. Even with Chronic health issues we can optimize our wellbeing by introducing holistic principles into our lives.

Exploring yoga and Holistic Health through my own practice, teaching others and undertaking continuous study, enables me to bring insights and understanding of the whole-body approach to movement into my teaching.

Over 21 years I have had the joy and privilege to teach yoga to many people of all ages and stages in life from pregnant women, parents and their babies, children, teenagers through to elderly people.

As a Yoga therapist and Health Mentor I have worked on a 1-1 basis and with groups to assist people with chronic health conditions. I designed and taught the British Wheel of Yoga Module for Qualified teachers to teach children and teenagers.

It has been and continues to be a wonderful journey to witness people benefitting from Yoga practices.

“Yoga therapy was instrumental to my journey to wellness. Michelle’s combined knowledge of being a yoga therapist and registered nurse helped me to understand and begin working effectively with my body. After being enveloped in a clinical environment, Yoga therapy gave me space to work with my breath and postures to help with pain and strength as well as my mental well-being during the course of a neurological diagnosis, recovery and rehabilitation, Michelle supported me physically, emotionally and developed a practice which guided me every step of the way back to full mobility and physical health. 6 years on my yoga therapy still resonates with me in daily life and helps keep my practice through any circumstance.”

ABBY WARNE

My Yoga Training and Experience

Registered General Nurse
Senior Yoga teacher and therapist with 21 years experience:
BWY (British Wheel of Yoga) Diploma
The Yoga Biomedical Trust/ Yoga Campus for Yoga Therapy training.
BWY Meditation Training
Pregnancy and children’s Yoga teacher Training
Holistic Health Practitioner and Mentor
Facilitator of the Work that Reconnects

Yoga is not just an exercise programme, it is a lifestyle practice that happens on and off the mat. It is a holistic practice which incorporates all aspects of being ourselves, therefore my approach is firstly practical in terms of finding effective movement, therapeutic in the sense of stress reduction, calming the nervous system and mind and philosophical to explore ideas off the mat and in the wider context of a person’s life.

I offer yoga through online/offline classes, yoga retreats and within the Whole-health-pathways programme in the context of wider health.

Yoga is not just an exercise programme, it is a lifestyle practice that happens on and off the mat. It is a holistic practice which incorporates all aspects of being ourselves, therefore my approach is firstly practical in terms of finding effective movement, therapeutic in the sense of stress reduction, calming the nervous system and mind and philosophical to explore ideas off the mat and in the wider context of a person’s life.

I offer yoga through online/offline classes, yoga retreats and within the Whole-health-pathways programme in the context of wider health.

Where am I today?

Upon reaching my 5th decade of life I decided to embark on a few adventures to weave together some of the interests that had been calling for my attention. I wanted to give some time to understand how we can live more sustainably on a planet with finite resources.

It began with a deepening of my connection to nature by walking new tracks, trails and pathways of different landscapes to practice deeper listening and observation to the land and habitats. I had a sabbatical to give time to my practices of yoga and meditation and to consolidate some of the teachings I had received.

In 2018 I sold the house I had lived in for 21 years and spent 9 months living with friends on their land learning about permaculture. Here I learnt more seriously about growing, preserving and storing food. The experience gave me a real insight into seasonal eating and I felt so much more connected to my food. Eating food you’ve harvested yourself is not only medicine but a complete joy.

I wanted to dive a little deeper into Eco-therapy so my next adventure was a wilderness retreat at the Eco -dharma centre in the Spanish Pyrenees mountains. This was my first encounter with the spiral framework of The Work That Reconnects. These experiential practices were developed by Joanna Macy – an environmental activist, author and scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology.

These nourishing and strengthening practices increased my resilience for change and gave me an understanding of ecological issues which raised my awareness of the impact our current lifestyles are having on our planet, other species, each other and the effect on our wellbeing. They really resonated with me because I still found it too difficult and painful to really open my eyes fully to the consequences of our human impact. I felt a mourning for simpler, slower times and a deep concern for the future of our younger generations.

The spiral journey…

The journey began with gratitude although familiar to me in meditation, was a new concept for me to view gratitude as a more radical act of holding the paradox of uncertainty and current challenges of our time alongside our appreciation. Being content means we are able to hold our ground in the face of the persuasive marketing powers that have us believe we are not enough. I loved this idea.

This led to practices which gave space to and offered reverent action for acknowledging and releasing personal and collective grievances that potentially block the path ahead and can easily cause overwhelm. This created a space to open to, seeing with a new perspective and discovering ways to be actively hopeful.

… leading to Whole Health Pathways

It was through this transformative spiral that the first framework became clear of how to integrate all aspects of my work into a programme which offers an individual holistic approach to health which is integrated and interconnected within our communities and land. So the seeds sprouted for Whole health Pathways. I went on to complete the facilitators programme to offer these practices.

Each time we travel around the spiral journey we gain new insights and awareness. Some of these practices will appear in certain places of the Whole health Pathways programme in particular nature connection, community, emotional health, enviromental and spiritual aspects. They offer new perspectives, raise awareness and offer tools which contribute to Whole health.