Louise Fortunato (aka Prema Jyoti) is a British Wheel of Yoga trained yoga teacher, yoga and massage therapist & mindfulness teacher. She has taught mainstream and specialised yoga, mindfulness and individual yoga therapy for many years and is trained also in both Thai & Ayurvedic massage.
I qualified as a British Wheel of Yoga teacher in 2008 and have wide ranging experience teaching both mainstream and specialised yoga to both adults of all ages and to children / teens. As well as teaching weekly classes in the Colchester area, I also run personal development courses for those interested in deepening their knowledge of classical yoga and am qualified as a Foundation Course Tutor for the British Wheel of Yoga.
In 2012 I also qualified as an Intergrated Yoga Therapist, which included Ayurvedic (classical Indian holistic health) therapies and mindfulness meditation as well as applied yoga for mental and physical health conditions. This was an indepth study programme examining health from both Western and Ayurvedic perspectives, incorporating diet and lifestyle approaches as well as mindful, therapeutic yoga and Indian massage. My areas of study and practice were initially chronic pain conditions and latterly trauma, anxiety disorders and PTSD (sometimes, the two sit side by side I have found).
Training with Dr. Cathy Mae Karelse from the Clear Mind Institute, I completed further certification programmes in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 8 week programme model. Since, I have taught mindfulness meditation to the general public, in schools and colleges (for staff and students) and within companies/charitable organisations. I have also taught CPD in Mindfulness for Self Care to various counselling organisations.
During my training and subsequent work as a Yoga Therapist, I have also come to greatly value the power of touch. Massage therapy is increasingly recognised as a complimentary treatment for various physical and emotional health conditions. Already qualified in some of the Ayurvedic massage systems, I recently qualified in Thai Yoga Massage and now offer this (and the Ayruvedic massage forms) both as stand alone treatments for general wellbeing or adapt them to assist in my work with trauma survivors / those suffering with stress and severe anxiety.
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