Hello! I am Hayley.
My work, ‘Integrated Embodiment’ is a fusion of contemplative practice and the expressive arts. It integrates the practices of Gentle Somatic Yoga, Creative Movement, Storytelling, Vocal Play, Deep Rest, Meditation and Group & Partner Relational Work all as tools for Self Inquiry.
For me, Yoga is something so much more than just stretching and sweating. Yoga is LIFE brought alive. It is every breath fully inhaled and exhaled without force. It is meeting every moment and your Self over and over again in the deepest intimacy and expression of your own truth.
In this way, Yoga is in Everything!
There are many ways to connect with our inner nature. Yoga is one of many contemplative practices that provides us with tools that allow us to come closer to ourselves.
The way I teach is unique and creative and is tailored to the needs of the practitioners. I follow a Somatic focus in which the invitation is present to fully inhabit the body and access its innate wisdom through your own experience. I allow for adaptation in both sequence and form, which encourages you to develop your own unique relationship with your body, mind, spirit and practice.
Each session has a focus on enhancing awareness alongside a safe, gentle and effective practice that is both deeply relaxing and beneficial for the bodymind. Working with a variety of themes, incorporating philosophy, mindfulness, sound and creativity, the emphasis is on evoking and embodying a state presence and awareness that can be utilized not just on the yoga mat, but also in daily life.
The practice I share is less about physical achievement and more about developing a healthy relationship with yourself, your practice, others and Life. In this way, the postures are used as tools to inquire within, to develop open attentiveness and creativity as well as to aid relaxation and release. The environment is non-competitive and I encourage you to listen to the needs of your body without force.
I also facilitate creative Inquiries throughout the UK. These are often interwoven into my workshops.
I have been teaching yoga and meditation for 12 years. practicing for almost 20 years, and am a qualified Yoga Therapist. I teach Yoga Nidra, Vocal Play, Creative Yoga for children and Somatic Movement. I am greatly influenced by the work of Janet Adler through the Discipline of Authentic Movement, by Joanna Macy and the work that reconnects as well as other teachers whose very being points towards presence. I LOVE what I share and feel ever grateful to do so.
I 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, for 6 months, 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.
The journey of yoga is 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.
See you on the inside!
Poem by Hayley Price (C)