Whole Health Pathways – About Michelle
Whole Health Pathways
My holistic journey began 40 years ago 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/Wellness Coach 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.”
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
Health and Wellness Coach
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 and Live 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 and Live 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 and studies to weave together some of the interests that had been calling for my attention. I wanted to give some time to understand the impact our current lifestyles are having on our planet, other species, each other and the effect on our wellbeing. How can we re-imagine our approach to health was the question I dedicated time to. I started reading, studying and discovering the inspiring ways community groups and health professionals in health care settings are adopting a different outlook. I was particularly inspired by the process of coaching which supports people with their personalised goals, guiding them in activating sustainable change. I was encouraged to find that steps towards a more sustainable holistic approach to health has begun in our health services even though it will take time before significant changes are made.
… leading to
Whole Health Pathways
The seeds were sprouted for Whole health Pathways when I had a sabbatical. I gave time to my practices of yoga and meditation and consolidated some of the studies and teachings I had received. 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.
Through friends I learnt more seriously about growing, preserving and storing food. This 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.
It soon became clear of how to integrate all aspects of my work into a programme which offers support for people needing to make changes to their health. Taking an individual holistic approach to health which is integrated and interconnected within our communities and land.