The Balanced Yoga  

Raffaella is an experienced Qualified Yoga Ayurveda Teacher, Reiki master, Sound Healer and Thai Yoga Massage  with more than 1100 hrs of certified training, registered with Indipendent Yoga Network, Nama (National Ayurvedic Medicine Association), Reiki Association, CBM, IANLPC and IAHT.

She has specialised in Yoga Therapy for Chronic Lower back pain and sciatica, and has personal experience in application of yoga for scoliosis.

Yoga is for all ages and genders, everyone can feel the numerous benefits: as a holistic practitioner with knowledge of modern anatomy and yoga therapy, I understand the body, its biomechanics and physiology. I can adapt the practice to address your specific needs,  progress you at the right speed safely and discover your potential. 

What is Yoga

Yoga is a mind-body system: improve your fitness levels, increase flexibility, strengthen the whole body, improve breathing.

Yoga practices effect all body systems:

  • nervous system, calming the mind and reduce stress
  •  lymphatic system improving immune system
  • stimulates the digestive system, excretory system, urinary system and exocrine system, helping eliminate toxins from your body.
  • improve circulation reducing high blood pressure and prevention of heart diseases.
  • reproductive system is indirectly stimulated and energetically re-balanced.
  • Yoga balances the endocrine system, hence your hormones. The chakras are directly connected to the endocrine system.
  • Skeletal system, helping re-align the spine and increase bone density, helping preventing osteoporosis. 
  • Respiratory system, increasing lung capacity and might help with asthma.
  • muscular system, strengthening and improving its kinesiology. 

Yoga and Ayurveda {sister science} originated in India more than 5000 years ago as a medicine science, modern medicine, just recently is catching up in understanding and validating the many healing practices. Sound Healing is part of Yoga {Nada Yoga}. Thai Massage has the same roots as Ayurveda and this too was considered a way to cure the body from diseases. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing, it is also based on the chakra system.

Yoga, Ayurveda, Thai Yoga Massage (passive Yoga), Sound Healing and Reiki complement each other for a complete mind-body mind, spiritual and energetic healing system.

Why do it?

Because you will feel better, healthier with less pain and less stress, a step into the right direction to longevity which is the goal of Yoga and Ayurveda.

About Raffaella

I am not a flexible/sporty person by nature, when young I was diagnosed with scoliosis and after wearing a corset for few years I was told I shouldn't exercise unless it was specific for scoliosis. So I did, I never exercised apart from long walks and some swimming. I never suffered from back pain,  however it all got worse after my pregnancies: split abdominal muscles, extra weight and  heavy lifting (my kids) caused recurrent neck and back ache and I knew I had to do something.

I tried chiropractors and different fitness classes but I would never consider Yoga, thinking I am not flexible enough! I couldn't touch my knees, never mind my toes, how was I going to do Yoga? However out of curiosity I went to my first yoga class..and I realised my body was not what I remember, I didn't like what I had become: I couldn't move like I used to, not even lifting my arms up straight or turn my head fully to the side,  which kind of scared me. After the first Yoga class I remember saying it felt like I had a whole body massage, working on muscles I didn't even know I had and it felt so good! After only few classes I notice a greater range of movements, increased balance, strength and concentration and less backache, which surprised me.  I felt that yoga gave me similar benefit then a visit to the chiropractor and at the same time helped my body getting fitter.

I regained control over the state of my body and yoga gave me confidence that I could get better. 

The improvement was so life changing that  in 2012 I decided to sign up to my first Teacher training to fully understand how to improve my health. Part of the course was to practice teaching and I discovered that I loved it, I love helping other people feel better. One thing lead to the other and the learning never stops.

My unique style

  •  I teach with the awareness of how it feels to a back pain suffer hence I emphasise on correct alignment, breathing, core strength and body awareness.
  • I use the principle of Vinyasa Krama, a step by step progression, hence my classes are slow to allow the understanding of movements, strengthen the body and progression of techniques with each class.
  • I use specific sound to support the practice, Sound bath and Yoga Nidra for deep relaxation. 
  • I apply technique I learned from Yoga Therapy for lower back pain, Iyengar Yoga (alignment and props), Ashtanga, core strength vinyasa and Ayurveda Yoga Therapy. Ayurveda is a natural medicine science covering yoga, nutrition, detoxification practices, treatments and routine. 
  • Thai massage is used during yoga for adjustment or to help releasing muscle tension.

I feel deeply connected to Nada Yoga (Yoga of sound) and Sound Healing Therapy having spend many years studying music, playing instruments and now continuing studying Nada (Sound) Yoga and Healing through the sound. 

I specialise in teaching others how to get back in control of their life, helping rebalancing and healing through Yoga, Ayurveda, Ayurvedic Nutrition, Energy healing, Reiki, Sound Healing and Thai Massage.

I offer one to one, group sessions, retreats, courses and online training.


 

Contact

I'ld love to hear from you if you would like more information. You can email me directly or text message/whatsapp and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Raffaella  07828 969 552

TheBalancedYoga@gmail.com

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Raffaella's Training:

  • 2017 Ayurvedic Nutritionist certificate  - Yoga Veda Institute - Nama and Pace accreditation.
  • 2017 Diploma L2 Thai Yoga Massage - TMC Certificate Thai Government Accreditation
  • 2017 Diploma L1 Thai Yoga Massage - TMC Certificate Thai Government Accreditation
  • 2016-17 Sound Healing Certificate L1 with Merit - Sound Healing Academy
  • 2017 Yoga Therapy for Low Back Pain & Sciatica - Yoga Biomedical trust 
  • 2016-2017 Ayurveda Diploma - CBM accredited, IANLPC & IAHT certification.
  • 2016-2017 Thai Yoga Massage - Thai Healing Massage Academy.
  • 2016 Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher certificate: Advance Applications of Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy course - YA CPD - accredited by PACE (Professional Ayurvedic Continuing Education by National Ayurvedic Medicine Association).
  • 2016 Sister science Ayurveda Yoga Foundation course - YA CPD, Accredited by  Pace.
  • 2015-16  Advanced studies Yoga Teacher training - Avani Yoga.
  • 2015 Sadie Nardini - anatomy and adjustment Teacher Training - YA CPD
  • 2015 Dashama Konah Gordon - Pranashama Yoga Teacher Training - YA CPD
  • 2015 Yoga Bananas Children Yoga Teacher training - YA Professionals.
  • 2014-15 Sadie Nardini Core - Strength Vinyasa - YA CPD
  • 2012-15 Hatha Yoga Teacher Training - Diploma Distinction – Practitioner level 4 - British School of Yoga.
  • Valid DBS Enhanced Certificate

Other courses: Anatomy & Physiology, Therapeutic Thai Yoga Masterclass, Reflexology, Acroyoga Summer and Winter school with Acroyoga Dance, Ashtanga yoga course with Kino MacGregor, Heavenly head Thai Massage THMA, Reiki I, II, III Master, Animal Reiki, Crystal Reiki, Understanding and managing Dyslexia (level 4 practitioner), Cosmic Kids Yoga Teacher training, First Aid , etc