Hello! I am Hayley.
My work, ‘Integrated Embodiment’ is a fusion of contemplative practice and the expressive arts. It integrates embodied relaxation, sharing circles, somatic movement based, co-creative and relational inquiries, resourcing tools, reflection and integration all as tools for Creative Self Inquiry.
I love to drop in to the wisdom of my body and to allow movement to flow through me. My body is an ally on this path. When I listen and allow life force to flow through it, it offers all kinds of insights. Emotion or thought that has become stuck, is able to move and become creative potential.
I began dancing the 5 rhythms when I was 19 and enjoy exploring other dance forms, such as Open Floor, Soul Motion, Movement Medicine, Ecstatic Dance and more. Often, my favourite kind of movement is the movement that flows from stillness and silence. I have been drawn to somatic practices that allow me to explore this space and be attentive to what unfolds from within.
I am influenced by the work of Janet Adler through the Discipline of Authentic Movement and by Emilie Conrad and her work, Continuum. I draw upon the principles of these practices in my work. I also love the work that reconnects, shared by Joanna Macy and am drawn to teachers who embody presence and integrity.
As I embody myself more fully, I become more sensitive to the roots of practice and I seek practices that feel authentic and embody integrity. I am also more and more interested in the process of emergence through the body. I do not wish to transcend my body, rather I seek to heal the split between body, mind, being and becoming by validating the wisdom of my lived experience through the body.
I taught yoga for 12 years and am a qualified yoga therapist, specialising in yoga therapeutics for women as well as for emotional health and wellbeing. I continue to utilise these tools in my one-to-one work.
Gradually, over time, I became disenchanted with the yoga world. Having dived deeply into it, I have been disentangling myself from it for some years now. This is an ongoing process.
For now, it feels more appropriate and authentic to allow my work and sharing to unfold in its own right, with a deep commitment to ethics, safety and healthy boundaries in practice…
I facilitate Creative Inquiries throughout the UK for adults and have taught Creative Movement for children and teens in schools for 8 years. In my work with children I mainly work with pre-teen girls, providing mentorship and practical tools to boost confidence, health and wellbeing.
I began practicing meditation in childhood and yoga as a teen. I then spent 5 years living in India and Thailand where I trained intensively in the Yogic Arts, Healing systems and Yogic & Buddhist forms of Meditation. I have also spent time in Central America and California. I stayed at the Esalen Institute, in California, where I studied gestalt relational therapy, somatic movement practices and intuitive movement. I am currently studying an MA in Dance and Somatic Wellbeing at UCLAN.
I continue to learn through my greatest teacher, Life, and through immersing myself in opportunities for growth on all levels.
This journey into awareness feels vast and unending. I couldn’t tell you exactly when it began – It feels like it’s been living in my cells my whole life! Every moment gets richer and more intimate.
I LOVE what I share and feel ever grateful to do so.
See you on the inside!
Trainings and Workshops:
Present: PG. Diploma in Dance and Somatic Wellbeing at UCLAN, Preston
Hormone Harmony: Red School
The Pelvic Floor: Keys to lifelong health with Leslie Howard
Authentic Movement: One to One and small group study with Fran Lavendel and Linda Hartley
Fluid Development Series: Continuum Movement and BMC with Cherionna Menzam Sills.
Ongoing Continuum Study with Cherionna Menzam Sills
The Embodied Spirit: Dance Movement with Ellen Watson
The Transformative Power of Emotion with Dorothy Charles: Gestalt Relational Psychotherapy, Group Process and Individual Work
Body Centred Awareness with Patrice Hamilton: An exploration of Hakomi, Cortical Field Reeducation (a somatic movement based body work) and Gestalt.
Hanna Somatics with Eleanor Criswell Hanna
Yoga and Psyche workshop with Mariana Caplan
Diploma in Yoga Therapy: Yogacampus
Well Women Yoga Therapy with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
Yoga Therapy with Aadil Palkhivala
Yoga Therapy with Bo Forbes:
Gateway to prana, Yoga – meditation in motion and stillness, Yoga for insomnia, Softening our armour, Neurobiology of the spine, Yoga for emotional Balance, Integrative Yoga Therapeutics.
Yoga for Children (Yoga Bees)
Diploma of Yoga Teaching (1700 hour training).
Certificate in Thai Massage, Tibetan and Ayurvedic Massage.
Certificate in Yogic Studies and Gurukal Lifestyle (Bihar Yoga Bharati)
Over 700 hours of study under Bhooma Chaitanya, teacher of the Hatha & Advaita traditions.
NC Performing Arts: Edinburgh College
Poem by Hayley Price (C)