Mari Winkelman

Mari Winkelman, Somatic Movement practitioner and therapist.


“I began working life in publishing and conference organising in London before I awoke to my soul urging me to connect more deeply into my humanity. I volunteered for Samaritans and worked as a young persons substance misuse support worker before qualifying as a counsellor. I eventually undertook an MA in Dance and Somatic Wellbeing.
I cannot not practice, this is a way of life for me! I practice creating time and space for my bodymind to communicate; for example, as I walk from A to B, as I work on the computer, as I eat and drink, as I offer my sessions and as I interact with other people. It’s my calling to keep showing up, offering a space for myself and others to experience this innate and life-supporting relationship.”

“For a Western industrialised culture with constant body-objectification on most channels, somatic movement is a radical and very healing practice.
My work is informed by experiential anatomy (that is, feeling and moving from guided awareness of the anatomical systems and structures) which takes us into the mind of the body. I use guided meditation techniques with breath to evoke the inner witness in each person, before setting a course into a particular aspect of bodymind, for instance, the bone tissues and structures, and interweave notions of grounding, containment, form, and invite awareness of sensations and shapes. I always invite people to go with their flow, to take my suggestions if they feel right, and to stay with and develop their own experience as they feel invited to by their body, just as it is.”

Where and When?
Mari teaches an intro to Somatic Movement at Stroud Yoga Space on Wednesdays at 1pm and Fridays at 5pm. For those with some experience of Somatic Movement (or similar) she hold a session called finding Home in your Body on Fridays at 6.15pm. — with Mari Winkelman.

Tanya De Leersnyder

Tanya De Leersnyder – Iyengar yoga teacher, aromatherapy and deep tissue masseur, and producer of therapeutic aromatherapy products called Kalya.

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“I was a computer programmer of accounting systems in South Africa for 20 years – quite different to my life now! People often used to say I really was not your typical programmer and I felt I needed balance and wanted so much to work with people. We came to settle in the UK 7 years ago and I decided to learn to become an Iyengar yoga teacher (after 12 years of attending weekly classes) and I have never looked back! I LOVE my jobs!
I absolutely love encouraging people and seeing them progress and find the benefits of yoga in their daily lives.
I am a strong believer in holistic health and find that the combination of the products I have developed (, the massage I give and Iyengar yoga really works to address the whole person.”

“The attention to detail in alignment and the use of props is what makes Iyengar yoga a little different to most other styles – it is still ultimately based on the ancient traditions and origins of yoga. I have always described going to a yoga class as the one time I can put all my worries and thoughts aside and just devote the time to yoga – I like to call it a form of moving meditation.
Yoga is a wonderful vehicle for peace of mind, focus, mindfulness and physical health and wellbeing. It accesses every part of the body and brings the body and mind into balance. The effects of a yoga session go way beyond the actual class and eventually permeate every aspect of your life.”

Where and when?
Tanya teaches Iyengar Yoga at Stroud Yoga Space on Tuesdays 11.30am, Wednesdays 6.15pm, and Iyengar Yoga for Men on Wednesdays 8.00pm.