My aim is to help you learn to trust the emotional wisdom of your body, and to keep your body healthy. I have learned to do that through Focusing and Yoga, and I would like to share it with you. I believe that both Focusing and Yoga make such a positive difference to our individual lives that they both have the potential to influence the communities of which we are a part.
I never thought I’d have a website. I’ve taught Yoga and Meditation for twenty years, alongside other occupations. My first job was as a computer programmer (too many years ago to be able to program now). Since then I’ve worked at quite a few things. I’ve trained Yoga Teachers; I’ve been a business manager for the NHS; I’ve supported people who wanted to stop smoking; I’ve supported people with mental health difficulties; and I’ve even been an accountant.
Alongside all of those, there’s always been Yoga. I started my practice when I was 18 and at university, and I’ve taught many groups of people throughout my life with differing levels of ability, flexibility and knowledge of Yoga. Today I concentrate on workshops and one-to-one work with people who find a class doesn’t suit them.
And then I found Focusing through a serendipitous experience at my writing class. I read a book, I did a course, then another, and another, and qualified as a Focusing Practitioner with the British Focusing Association. And now I want to share with everyone how helpful it can be in all our lives.
I live in Kent in the UK, and there are not many who have heard about Focusing here, so I decided to start my website.
Focusing is not difficult to learn, it’s changed my life, and it might change yours too.
When I’m not teaching Yoga or Focusing, I love writing, and something bigger than I’ve ever embarked on is currently gestating. I’ll let you know when I’m ready to tell you about it.
Drop me a line and introduce yourself. I love talking about Yoga and Focusing, and how I integrate them. And if you’d like to learn Focusing, we can discuss that too. I’ve done a lot of Focusing over Skype, and it works very well, so distance is no object.
And I love hearing from people who practise Focusing or Yoga, so please tell me how you use it in your own life.
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I am qualified through The British Focusing Association and the Young Yoga Institute; and was a founding partner of The Victor Foundation.
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Focusing for me is a very gentle method for self-discovery and personal growth. Its purity as a method is through one’s engagement with oneself without external opinions or judgements, enabling us to find our own answers. I have been Focusing for eight years, and with Carolann Samuels for nearly a year and she has conducted herself with absolute integrity and has helped me with the Focusing process without influencing the direction of my unfolding. I fully recommend her as a Focusing teacher.
It seems that Yoga is seen as a young, slim and very flexible person’s practice which is a terrible shame. Yoga is the fantastic practice for everyone, young, old, slim and not so slim. It’s energising and relaxing, not a competition with the person next to you in the class. In Yoga you work at your own pace as hard or as gentle as you want to be. Sometimes it’s a hard work out, sometimes a lovely relaxing one. The diversity of Yoga is a most exciting thing and going to a class is a lovely adventure. Yoga is good for every part of our being and helps us with our everyday lives.
Carolann and I have been regular Focusing partners now for about 18 months. I wouldn’t be without it. Our regular practice is great for integrating mind with body wisdom, feeling grounded and moving forwards.
Thank you so much for a wonderful Yoga day. “Magic” is the word that keeps recurring to my mind, together with the image of little fluffy clouds floating serenely in a pure blue sky.
(This was after a Yoga Day held outside on a summer day!)
I’m really enjoying your classes and I can feel a big difference to the condition of my body and body awareness. Thank you.
YOGA, YOGA, how can I possibly do yoga? I’m 67 years old, overweight and have Parkinson’s disease. My wife smiled knowing I had fallen into the trap, “Ah, but what about the chair based yoga classes in Hythe”? So, I reluctantly attended my first class and to be frank, have not looked back. The hour long sessions fly by and the period following the session is usually the best I have felt all week. It is amazing how many moves one can achieve while sitting on a chair and those combined with a “warm up” period and a closing relaxation period makes the experience a highlight in my week.
“I recommend Carolann highly for her Chair-based yoga classes. Always feel much better after a session with her.”