Mind-Body, Movement & Yoga
THERAPEUTIC ~ CREATIVE ~ EMPOWERING
Jude believes in the power of the body to balance the busy, often overwrought workings of the mind. Our physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing are often neglected due to the stresses of our working lives. She draws together her diverse background in yoga, dance, movement, theatre, literature and creative writing to offer a range of classes, one-to-ones, workshops and retreats.
Her work ebbs and flows through different movement practices, with yoga at the fore, threading them together in a variety of shapes and forms to create classes and workshops. She offers both a vibrant approach to traditional material and fresh creations. With this approach to her work, Jude hopes to fulfill the varied needs of students and prospective students.
Her practice is about flow and connection, sometimes an energised Vinyasa Flow, other times a focused Slow or Gentle Flow. Jude cultivates the body's impulse to create motion with breath, punctuated by moments of pause and stillness. In her Move & Groove class, she takes students off the beaten track fusing and interweaving yoga and other movement and fitness practices. It's all important to rest and restore the mind and body which a Restorative or Yin Yoga class provides. She blends together Western and Eastern approaches to yoga and movement practice (as evident from her training) - all classes have an anatomical, biomechanical and physiological context and draw on subtle anatomy and philosophy from the ancient roots of yoga. Read here for full class descriptions.
One-to-one sessions and programmes offer any combination of Jude's teaching practice. She will invite you to specify aims and needs, tailoring sessions to suit these. Training with YogaStream and Yoga Medicine has equipped Jude with detailed observation skills and thorough programme planning for individual students. Yoga and movement is there to serve your mind-body-spirit, and Jude ensures this is precisely the case. For any one-to-one or small group queries please contact details here.
Jude is currently developing a yoga-ballet-dance fusion (YogaTerre) and creating workshops combining yoga and writing. Stay tuned for future developments.
The beauty of yoga and movement is how it can be practiced by and incorporated into the lives of all people: children, teenagers and adults. It's an infinite resource for: all of us in our day-today lives; for those with illnesses (seen and hidden), disabilities, and injuries (past and present); for trauma survivors and victims; for those coping with depression, anxiety and much more; for those facing loss and grief; for sporting professionals and athletes; for performing artists: actors, dancers, musicians and singers.
Yoga and movement offers so much to so many, be you a corporate giant, a high-flying lawyer, an outdoor labourer, a conservationist, a front-facing team member, this practice opens doors: physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual. It can provide: space within busy lives; relaxation; fun and freedom; therapy; body care, mind care and spirit care; focus; stamina and strength; mobility and flexibility; medicine; rehabilitation; fitness and exercise; and, ultimately, a guide to life.
Jude pursues areas of special interest and research within yoga and movement practice. Yoga for grief is a core part of her work, creating a passage of healing for those who've experienced loss in whatever form and at any stage of life. Jude uses this practice to help those struggling with anxiety and depression, and mental health in a more general sense. She provides yoga for athletes and sport, tailored to the needs of individual sports with pre-activity preparation, awareness during activity, and post-activity relaxing and restoring. With a thorough background in dance, theatre and the performing arts, Jude delves into yoga and movement's critical role in both the life of a performance and the life of the performing artist. She works with individuals and groups to cultivate longevity, strength & flexibility, and open minds & bodies.
Jude draws on her background and passion for literature, writing, philosophy and history, feeding, merging and filtering it through her physical practice and teaching. She encourages writing as a means of self-expression, understanding of the world, and heightened awareness. The act of writing as healing and therapy is a big part of her practice.
From ancient Hindu scriptures to European Romantic poetry, from Shakespeare to current day Mary Oliver, literary and philosophical texts and their language, morals, questions, ideas, philosophies and much more provide added depth and texture to the already incredible path of yoga and movement. Jude sees this material as offering rich perspectives on our life experiences and opening the inner eye to our inner depth and growth. These texts helps us to question and witness what it means to be human: in body, in mind, in spirit.