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What is a Health & Wellness Coach?

As a Health Coach it would be a privilege to support you on your wellness journey …  I find immense joy in helping people reach their goals, potential and find their voice!

As your personal health and wellness guide, I will help you implement lifestyle changes over 3 or 6 months to improve your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing, in other words reach your full potential!

I will provide accountability, full support and encouragement.

I typically address six key areas that affect wellness, with topics branching off into other categories.

The key areas are:
1. Weight loss
2. Stress
3. Nutrition
4. Sleep
5. Relationships
6. Movement
7. Time management

If one of these areas is out of balance, it is likely some of the others are too. Someone who isn’t physically active may also be highly stressed, not sleeping well or not eating well. Combined, it can feel overwhelming.

I can help you sort out where to start and make small changes that are incorporated into your day/week that will grow over time and can become your new healthier habits.

How I can help you

Together, we will figure out what’s keeping you from reaching your health goals. I will regularly check in with you via email, Zoom, by phone or in-person, usually over the course of three or six months. During these meetings, I will be asking questions to get you thinking about how you can overcome challenges and I will be offering suggestions. Together we form a weekly, monthly, and quarterly plan.

The most common obstacles people face, are their own negative thoughts about themselves, being confused by all the “how to get healthy” information and staying motivated. I will help you work through some of your thought patterns, we will discover what’s blocking them and following through with a sustainable lifelong plan that works.

Your first session will last 2 hours. In this time, we will go through your medical history, you will have been asked for a 4-day food diary before the appointment, your exercise routine, if you have one, we will discuss your stress levels and anything else you feel is stopping you from feeling and doing your best.

Health coaching isn’t mentoring where someone is telling you the answers. A health coach shows up for you in whatever way you need and helps guide you through your innate wisdom so after our time together you feel empowered to live your best life with tools that work for you.

Benefits of having a health coach:

Change is often difficult, even when it’s something we really want. Sometimes it even feels downright impossible. The benefit of a health coach is having someone fully qualified, guiding and motivating you every step of the way, to be your best vibrant self.

One study found that people who went through three months of health coaching significantly improved on the following:

  • Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Glucose (blood sugar)
  • Triglyceride (blood fat)
  • Body weight
  • Cardiovascular fitness
  • Sleep disorders

As a health coach I can help you with the following:

  • Overwhelmed about work, family life & personal relationships
  • Stress that is impacting your weight, health & work life balance
  • An exercise routine that works for you and is sustainable
  • Diet plan either just for healthy eating or weight loss
  • Better posture, back issues, hypermobility, as I am a qualified yoga teacher with over 20 years’ experience
  • De-clutter your larder, help you understand food labels and do a food shopping trip
  • Tackle all aspects of sleep issues, routine and feeling refreshed on waking
  • Tips and ideas on food, recipes and healthy living
  • Mindfulness & breathing techniques
  • Teach you how to make Kombucha or supply you with it (super healthy gut bacteria fizzy drink – that could balance out your evening tipple!)
  • Chemical free household & body care products that are better for you, your family, and the environment
  • Managing financial stress

I can help and support clients to see they have the strength they need to start making positive changes to their wellbeing. I work on the possibilities based on your unique situation, taking into account your work/family life commitments and ability, so that it’s simpler and easier to make sustainable changes.

As a health coach I also provide:

  • Accountability – Knowing that you have to check in with me about your progress can give you the push you need to move forward
  • Encouragement – I act as a cheerleader to pick you up when you are having a bad day
  • Unconditional support – I do not judge your actions. I help you come to your own conclusions about what works and what doesn’t in reaching your goals

What changes will you see after your time with me?

You will feel calm & motivated. Have an improved digestion, and a clearer mind. You will be in control of your health and life again and have more energy to pursue the things you love.

After our time together you will have gained great new habits and tools that you can tap into whenever life throws you a curveball!

Switching to a healthier lifestyle can affect everything, with increased energy and motivation you’ll be able to do more and live your best life with sustainable tools that absolutely work.

Contact me  Book your free 30min online consultation to discuss your symptoms, areas of concern, and how we can work together to help you reach your goals, I’d love to hear from you!

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Therapy Ball Rolling Method

What is Therapy Ball Rolling method?

The Therapy Ball Rolling class is a powerful self-treatment method that uses 2 or more grippy and pliable rubber balls, to help eradicate aches and pains to restore your natural movement.

This method helps you identify blind spot areas that are catalyst for pain and injury. These areas are usually underused, overused, misused, abused, exhausted or totally confused and need to be felt, seen and heard by you!

In the 20 years I have been teaching and practising yoga, I have come to understand that we must integrate our painful and achy blind spots into our movement and self-care practice, otherwise we are moving & exercising from an unconscious place and we may struggle to find peace in every day life.

First picture – Ball at the top of spine/base of neck is showing me releasing out my tight shoulders, realigning my posture from sitting at my desk for 60-minutes and soothing an achy back. Always working mindfully, pausing and breathing.

Second picture – Ball over the shoulder-blades I am stretching out the front of my chest/diaphragm for better breathing & oxygenation, releasing tightness in my upper back, stretching out through the armpits and intercostal muscles around the ribcage. One can go as deep as your body will allow you, we listen and stop if there is pain.

Who are Therapy Ball Rolling classes for?

Whether you are a busy Mum running after your toddler with a sore shoulder, a top athlete who wants to improve their performance, a surgeon who suffers with back pain or a desk bound office worker who has painful wrists, the treatment is the same. Dysfunction is dysfunction in whatever ways it shows up.

My Ball Rolling method restores optimal performance in your tissue so that you can do what you want to do, better and pain free and at the same time become aware of your bad movement habits!

In this weekly class you will learn tools to take care of your soft tissue, posture and breath that you will have to hand whenever your body needs it, or as a support system for better living and being in your body … It’s a self-care massage for life.

Why would you attend my Therapy Ball Rolling class?

With regular practice Therapy Ball Rolling will:

1. Relieve aches and pains
2. Enhance breathing function
3. Increase mobility & energy
4. Reduce stress on your body & mind
5. Improve your posture & performance

Therapy Ball Rolling classes timetable & booking

If you have any questions, concerns or not sure if Therapy Ball Rolling is for you then please CONTACT ME, I’d love to hear from you.

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All about our One Day Retreats!

/YOGA DAY RETREATS

RETREAT VISION
Our main aim is to create a truly calming and spiritually uplifting retreat, a space for relaxation and self-reflection. I want to give you permission to be quiet and take your practice to a deeper level, fully mindful of your body, mind and spirit and ultimately leave us refreshed and smiling

WELLBEING SPECIALISTS
Each retreat we invite a different wellbeing practitioner to give a talk about their specialist topic or lead a workshop, sharing hands-on advice and take-home tips. From fasting, fermentation, foraging, healthy eating, Kombucha making, raw chocolate making, Japanese tea ceremony, weight loss, menopause and how to run injury free to name but a few.

SILENT LUNCH only on some of the day retreats or on request!
Sometimes the best cure is to find an answer from within. Turn down the volume, quieten the voice and really taste the joy of the food that has been lovingly prepared for you. I want to give you permission to be quiet whilst chewing your food. This allows the taste buds to fully engage and the food to fully digest. It will feel strange to start with, but I promise you, you will come to really appreciate the silence.

BESPOKE ONE DAY RETREAT
Your very own bespoke retreat!

An exclusive day with a select group of friends, family or colleagues. Pick a date, workshop, menu, and invite your favourite people to our beautiful private venue just outside Oxford. A usual day includes yoga/mindfulness, delicious lunch and you can choose a topic that interests you or a hands-on workshop. Flexibility on dates and advance booking is recommended to get the desired workshop. A minimum of 5 students to book a private retreat or more on some of the workshops.

VOUCHERS for YOGA classes & DAY RETREATS
If you would like to purchase a gift voucher, please email info@zenakidd-may.com. We shall personalise your voucher and send it to you ready for you to give.

SCHEDULE
This is a rough idea of the programme for the day. It can vary a little depending on numbers and the workshop.
09:45 - 10:00 Arrival for tea & introduction
10:00 - 11.30 Yoga session
12:00 - 13:00 Light vegetarian lunch
13:30 - 15:30 Workshop/Talk
15:30 - 16:00 Home time

YOGA
Our yoga studio is fully equipped & all our yoga mats are regularly washed after every session. However, do feel free to bring your equipment.
Our yoga sessions are suitable for all levels. However, if you do have a particular ailment i.e. back problem, knee issues, HBP, arthritis etc. that may impact on how you practise please let us know on our health form that will be emailed out when you book.
Prenatal students are welcome after the 2nd trimester and postnatal students are welcome after their 6-week check-up.

FOOD
Lunch and snacks are homemade, mostly organic, vegetarian, DF (we use goats, sheep and ewe only) and mostly GF. We do use nuts and seeds in our kitchen so do let us know of any allergies/intolerances.

COST range
£130 - £150 See below for costs & workshop details.

PLEASE NOTE
Number of guests are limited to 9 ideally but we may be able to accommodate 10.
Health forms must be filled and returned 3 weeks before the event.
Full payment must be made 3 weeks prior to the event.
We do provide a lunch menu to choose from which will need to be agreed before the event.
Most of our workshops take place on Thursdays and Fridays.

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Yoga Day Retreats Oxford

How can yoga change everything?

There are many aspects to yoga but largely it’s about learning how to stay in an uncomfortable place. The concept goes wherever you need it; to your relationship, work, parenting, friendships. This idea of staying present can support every aspect of your life.

Here is what I mean. Imagine yourself standing in a balance pose, like the tree for example, your teetering on one foot, ankles are aching and wobbling. You might say to yourself….’if I shift my weight a little to the left, relax my shoulders away from my ears and lift my chest, I might handle this a bit better. I might breathe better and make this situation a whole lot easier’.

And later when you are in a meeting that is hard to tolerate, you find yourself using the same principles; shifting your posture, becoming aware of your natural breath and the situation becomes a little more bearable.

This is how yoga can change everything but it doesn’t happen overnight. We must return to our mat again and again because it takes time for these principles to be part of who we are.

On the mat is where we practise.

And once we get it, even a little bit of it, life feels a little bit sweeter, more hopeful. But you will lose it if you stop practising. That’s why yoga is called a practise. You stay on the path and keep discovering new scenery.

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Looking for a natural cold remedy? get 5 tips for fighting off colds, flu & coughs.

 Healers from your kitchen!

How to protect yourself from winter coughs & colds – Natural tips you can make at home

Now, for some of you who have already had a cold/cough I realise I am too late but here are a few tips for next time!

1 – Turmeric – the Indian spice, nature’s great antibiotic, helps defend against all the bugs. Take ¼ teaspoon in water 3 x per day. Don’t believe me just try it.

2- Garlic – must be organic tho. It  helps detoxify which is one of the main causes of weakening the body.

3- Fresh Ginger & fresh lemon (organic – no wax) – I make it every morning. Squeeze half or quarter slice of lemon in hot water add chopped ginger with skin. If you do have a sore throat add a teaspoon of honey – it’s brilliant. Cleans out the liver and helps alkalise the body (I know its acid but it turns into alkaline once inside – trust me).

4- Stay off Heavy foods – stay away from them for the next month or so as much as possible. We all know what they are. Yes the carbs. Bread, pasta, wheat and dairy products. The clog up the pipes.

5- Stay off the sugar, the bugs love sugar!

Just a few ideas that I hope can help you through the winter months…

Zena @ Satya Yoga Oxford

 

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Nine tips when starting yoga

1. Find a good teacher

It is much easier to learn yoga with all its detailed and subtle physical and mental aspects from a qualified teacher, rather than from a book or video. Especially at the beginning, a teacher’s presence and ability to actually see you and respond to what you are doing is essential for building your confidence.

2. Respect your body’s inner wisdom and limitations

Do not push yourself to do anything that feels dangerous or wrong. Tell your teacher if you are pregnant or have an injury such as to the knees or spine, or any serious medical condition before the class.

3. Breathe

Breathing is central to yoga. Breathe into your whole body in the poses and relax. There is a lot to learn about healthy breathing in yoga.

4. Don’t compare yourself with others

Look inwardly to your own progress. There will always be more flexible, strong and beautiful people around in your yoga class – as in life! Yoga maybe fashionable but it is not a spectator sport or a competition.

5. Have a sense of humour!

Yoga is a quiet focused activity, but we need not to take ourselves too seriously. We may feel ungainly and stiff as we try to navigate ourselves into new postures. An inner smile and gentleness can save us from pushing ourselves to the point of strain and injury.

6. Eating and drinking

It is advisable not to eat for two hours before yoga practice and to drink only small amounts of water beforehand.

7. Make practice frequent

Little and often is more effective than occasional long sessions of yoga. Even 15 minutes a day of a few well-chosen poses can have a very positive effect on your physical, emotional and mental well-being. A regular discipline will reap more benefits, as that way the body begins to feel comfortable and familiar with the process and gradually becomes more flexible.

8. Wear loose comfortable clothing

You will stretch your body in all directions, don’t wear anything that will dig in or restrict your movement.

9. And turn your mobile OFF!

 

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