Hello! I am Hayley.
My work, ‘Integrative Embodiment’ is a fusion of embodied yoga with the somatic arts. It integrates relational somatic enquiries with embodied resourcing tools through Emergent Movement, Embodied Relaxation, Voice and Relational Field Work.
Body as Resource: In response to our current culture that can tend towards disconnection and speed, I am motivated to share simple and effective tools that allow you to return to and inhabit your body with a greater sense of presence, resource and self agency.
Body as Guide: I am also curious about the process of emergence that occurs through the body, that can inform and guide you as you navigate your unique path. I continue to develop enquiry processes through which this emergence can safely unfold.
Body as Consciousness: “I feel, therefore I am.” (Damasio). Remembering our relational interconnection with others, the space we inhabit and the world is an important part of this work.
I have been facilitating movement and co-creative enquiries within the community for 15 years. This has taken the form of yoga & movement based support groups for the general community, as well as specific groups for women with postnatal depression and other themed women’s groups.
In my one-to-one practice, I have worked with young adults in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and those in the community dealing with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, chronic fatigue, bi-polar disorder, pelvic floor health and other structural and functional issues. I continue to do this through Yoga & Movement Therapy.
I developed a programme to support teachers in schools which focuses on nourishment through embodied relaxation, gentle movement and a safe space to share. More on this kind of work through my sister site: Circles of Support.
I have spent over a decade working with children of all ages in schools and developed a movement mentorship programme called ‘Girls Allowed’ for pre-teen girls to support them in transitioning times.
My work is creative and enquiry based, tailored to the needs of each group or individual. I draw heavily upon the principles of Authentic Movement as well as somatic movement, gentle yoga, voice work and relaxation.
I began exploring yoga and meditation as a child, which led me to spend 5 years living in India and Thailand studying within yogic and mindfulness traditions. I am a qualified Yoga Therapist, specialising in yoga therapeutics for women as well as for mental health and wellbeing. I continue to utilise these tools in my one-to-one work through Yoga & Movement Therapy.
Alongside yoga practice flourished the intuitive world of my expressive body through dance and movement. I have been traversing the world of conscious dance for 18 years.
The inner impulses of my body are nourished by somatic practice, which continues to be a wonderful resource in my life and forms the main body of my current offerings. I have completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Dance and Somatic Wellbeing through UCLAN and continue to receive mentoring in somatic practice.
I love to move in nature, as nature, and am deeply influenced by the natural world in how I approach movement as well as how embodiment can offer a resource for deepening our connection with and responsibility for our natural world. We are made of earth…and rain… and stardust.
Trainings and CPD’s:
- Authentic Movement: One to One and small group study with Fran Lavendel
- PG. Diploma ( with Distinction ) in Dance and Somatic Wellbeing through UCLAN.
- Ongoing Authentic Movement Peer Group
- One-to-One Authentic Movement Mentoring with Eila Goldhahn
- Fluid Development Series: Continuum Movement and BMC with Cherionna Menzam Sills.
- Continuum Study with Cherionna Menzam Sills
- Woman, Body, Earth & Spirit workshop: Inanna-Ereshkigal: Authentic Movement Retreat with Linda Hartley
- The Four Daughters of Beauty: Earth & Water with Audica Lynne Morley
- Body Centred Awareness with Patrice Hamilton: An exploration of Hakomi, Cortical Field Reeducation (a somatic movement based body work) and Gestalt. (month long intensive at Esalen Institute)
- Hanna Somatics CPD with Eleanor Criswell Hanna
- The Embodied Spirit: Dance Movement with Ellen Watson (month long intensive at Esalen Institute)
- Over a decade of practice in Feldenkrais
Yoga / Yoga Therapy:
- The Pelvic Floor: Keys to lifelong health with Leslie Howard
- Yoga and Psyche with Mariana Caplan (a fusion of Yoga Therapy & Somatic Experiencing)
- Diploma in Yoga Therapy: Yogacampus
- Well Women Yoga Therapy with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli
- Yoga Therapy with Aadil Palkhivala
- Yoga Therapy trainings 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 & Yoga Nidra (1700 hour training)
- Certificate in Yogic Studies and Gurukal Lifestyle (Bihar Yoga Bharati)
- Over 700 hours of personal study with Bhooma Chaitanya, teacher of the Hatha & Advaita traditions.
CPD Psychotherapeutic Explorations:
- In the world of the body: Working with Symptoms and Illness, A Process Work Seminar
- Hakomi Multi-level training (2 days) with Caroline Braham
- Foundations of becoming safely embodied with Deirdre Fay
- 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.
- Introduction to Drama Therapy: The Sesame Institute
- Hormone Harmony: Red School
- Workshop with Chloe Goodchild
- The Max with Paula Shaw at Esalen
- NC Performing Arts: Edinburgh College
- Certificates in Thai, Tibetan and Ayurvedic Massage.
- Classical Western & Classical Indian Vocal Training
- Many retreats in insight meditation and Advaita Vedanta with teachers such as Adyashanti, Marlies Cocheret, Jack Kornfield, S.N Goenka, Prajnaparamita and many years of mindfulness practice & retreats.
- I began dancing 5 rhythms at the age of 19 and have explored many conscious dance forms since then.
Poem by Hayley Price (C)