Yoga Therapy and Generosity of Spirit
A Journey into Yoga Therapy
And all are part of the same
Welcome to Yoga United Education!
As we come to know the language of the body, and open into it like a door to deeper truth, we connect with the internal and external spaces, places in our body that hold and suppress all that we hide and all that we love - we hold it very close. Let's go there and explore what we're holding, the entire universe is there.
As we drop through the layers and cross the thin places, we can stumble into a place of great wisdom. As we stumble blindly and open into a clearing in the forest, we bring all of ourselves into the light and connect to all that is and can find profound insight - so much treasure to be found. So many impressions through a whole lifetime, and as we become still and silence, we listen and suspend ourselves until whatever needs to be revealed rises to the surface..and we are ready to catch whatever shows up. Even if we don't recognise it immediately, but it shows itself and grows inside as we stay with it.
I have experienced the magic and power of this embodied state during yoga therapy as a 'growing feeling of truth and love', a 'generosity of spirit', and 'joyful remembering', living life to the full. Like being in love, it can manifest as a desire to extend to others the gift of life that I am feeling, to welcome into the grows and the glows.
With love and joy
Judy Hirsh Sampathx
About Judy Hirsh Sampath
During an intensely emotional period in her life, Judy came to a profound insight. She came to another question in a yoga therapy session, always a space for deep enquiry, revelations and suprises...which changed her life. On this occasion, she found herself asking this question: “what would happen if I focused on what is right with me instead of trying to fix what is wrong with me?”
With this question, Judy changed the way she practiced and taught yoga, noticing the way her inner critic held her to ransom, how teachers can inadvertently disconnect their student from their inner teacher, their own capacity to heal and grow.
Judy has been processing, self-reflecting and exploring ways into the body’s wisdom ever since and is passionate about helping others find their own self-agency and way back to a lost trust in Self.
As a yoga teacher and therapist, she knows how effective yoga therapy can be and how important it is to continue receiving therapy herself, to commit to regular practice, and random acts of kindness - all of which keep the flame of enthusiasm alive through difficult times as well as joyful ones.
Judy does not prescribe one ‘style’ of yoga but will offer a range of practices that start with the physical body as an entry point to a deeper understanding, to sense into a 'growing feeling of love' which feels natural to extend to others in search of heart softening and courage.
She believes that profound questions, insights and realizations can create a renewed sense of 'generosity of spirit' which can override stress, bring courage to explore difficult emotions and a troubled mind, and tap into creativity, joy and success.
It has certainly helps her to live a healthier, richer and more joyful life. Maybe it will work for you too.
As a yoga therapist and educator, she engages health seekers, truth seekers and wisdom holders in becoming experts in themselves - to find their own answers, to make wise choices, to stress less and to feel good physically, mentally and spiritually.
Judy Hirsh Sampath says ‘We all face situations where we feel overwhelmed by events in our lives. Personal situations can create chronic stress, feelings of confusion, negative internal dialogue and overwhelming sadness which can take hold of our spirit, mess with our mind, and get stuck in the body.’ Judy believes that yoga can have positive effects on how we view our own reality and meditation is key. ‘All the knowledge we need is buried deep inside ourselves and yoga practices can help us to uncover what we have forgotten, to connect, restore our health and heal ourselves.’
Founder of Yoga Headspace, and co-founder of Yoga United, Judy brings a creative mix of yoga-based practices to engage health seekers of all ages, sizes and abilities to tune into their own head space and inner wisdom. She has delivered yoga, meditation, embodied mindfulness and yoga therapy in health spas, offices, schools, mental health & fertility settings in group and 1-2-1 in person and online. She is consistently amazed by the magic that happens on the mat and how it transitions into life.
Judy Hirsh Sampath is a senior yoga teacher, and yoga therapist working in north London and South India since the turn of the century, a milestone for her in changing career from a stressful TV career to a spiritual calling into service through yoga.
She holds The British Wheel of Yoga teaching diploma, teaches the BWY Foundation course, and modules in yoga therapy, and restful sleep. She is on the faculty of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy in the US and a qualified yoga therapist (C-IAYT). She has also completed courses in NLP, Shamanic journeying, and Art Therapy.
When she’s not working, she enjoys bootcamp and chocolate, not in equal quantities but working on balancing the two!
Tasters & Workshops
Judy believes that yoga is not a luxury but an essential tool for a better lifestyle -
“it is less about how you look on the mat and more about how you live in the world”
Judy is passionate about introducting people to this method through experiential workshops. If you want to dip your toe into a different way of thinking and being, you do not need any yoga or meditation experience, simply a willingness to enter the body like a gateway to a deeper place of knowing, like walking through a door to Narnia or Wonderland.
Longer courses address issues like stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia and back pain. Over a weekend or number of weeks, Judy guides participants deeper each week into deeper enquiry - to think less, play more and to tune into the body to access the wisdom within, to befriend it, to listen and learn to trust it.
Healing the body, mind and spirit, and insightful experiences can lead to liberation as well as create a steady foundation for richer yoga teaching and sensitive yoga therapy.
Yoga Therapy Diploma
Having engaged in two very different yoga therapy trainings, and has spent more than 20 years delivering yoga and yoga therapy to individuals from all walks of life - from mental health to fertility settings, all struggling with an ailing spirit of some kind. Thinking on her feet with clients gave her confidence to trust her intuition and sensitivy, to devise practices collaboratively that worked.
She wrote her course, invited the educators who had the greatest impact on her own journey, and accredited the training with the British Council for Yoga Therapy with some CPD modules quality-assured with The British Wheel of Yoga - and so Yoga United Education was born.
She always takes time to acknowledge experience and knowledge of all participants, to engage in healthy discussion, share experiences, and intends to hold a safe space for everyone present.