Scaravelli inspired Yoga and Mindfulness classes and events in Lewes and the surrounding area. Birchwood Yoga also specialises in Yoga Therapy for the Mind and stress management.
I’d been doing yoga for several years and was looking for a teacher I could grow and develop with, in a small class setting where I wouldn’t be ‘lost in a crowd.’ Additionally the setting was very important - I find it can make or break a new habit. With Anneliese and her beautiful studio, it simply ticks all the boxes. What you see on arrival is stunning; the studio among the greenery of the countryside (yet very accessible), light and airy, often with birdsong in the background and the lovely smells of the ever changing garden. Everything is provided; your yoga mat laid out, with blocks, a blanket and an eye pillow, a bolster if you wish and a whole array of other helpful props which Anneliese employs to helps you ease yourself into a move. As for the yoga itself; it’s been a revelation. I’d been accustomed to striving towards a position but with Anneliese’s Scaravelli inspired approach, I’m learning that less is often more. I’m learning to listen to and respect my body and work with it rather than force it into submission. Anneliese is warm, gentle and respectful. I’m really impressed.
I highly recommend weekly private lessons with Anneliese. Each lesson is totally individualised and effortlessly adapted according to my needs on the day. She has supported me in developing an awareness of how I can practice yoga with comfort and ease whilst also challenging me to work towards postures I always though impossible! Anneliese has really helped to fuel my passion for yoga, such that I am now a trainee yoga teacher myself!
I’ve been struggling for years with chronic pain and fatigue/fibromyalgia along with the depressions and frustrations that come with the condition. I can’t take the medications and have tried many forms of exercise and therapies. Anneliese was recommended to me by a good friend and I can honestly say that the few one to one sessions that I have had so far, have made the greatest improvement to my life. Anneliese seems to understand where I am coming from and is very experienced and intuitive as to what will help. I’ve tried “yoga” before but it always just seemed like a series of movements. Anneliese connects gently to your soul with her empathy and compassion and this provokes some lightbulb moments and a real sense of being heard. I feel I have finally really connected to my body. Who would have thought that breathing could make so much difference to the mind and the body. I can’t wait to learn more.
I found Birchwood Yoga by chance and feel that I have been very fortunate to have done so. Anneliese’s studio is an oasis of calm and a complete anitdote to the busy multi tasking week so many of us have to cope with. I am still very much a beginner but am never made to feel like one. Class numbers are small which enables Anneliese to give individual attention to all of us whatever our abilities. The location of the studio adds to the experience. The studio is light and airy. It is surrounded by greenery and birdsong is a gentle backdrop whilst we have our yoga classes. I feel so much better for the yoga I have experienced so far.
Anneliese is a very special yoga teacher; professional and calming. I have been coming to her classes for more than 7 years now. I now do 2 classes per week and if I could, would ideally fit in another one too! I especially love her magical yoga studio, surrounded by trees, plants and wildlife; all of which really enhances my practice, whatever the season or weather!
Absolutely wonderful, life enhancing in so many respects... I had suffered with problems in my knees for many years and this had greatly restricted the amount of time that I could pursue my love of sports. My knee problems have completely disappeared as a result of regular yoga classes and I am able to play as much sport now that I could possibly wish for, without any pain or discomfort. I have learnt how to breathe with less effort and I use the techniques that I have learnt to bring much peace and calm to both my working day and home life. I cannot recommend or endorse Anneliese highly enough”
I found the Yoga Therapy for the Mind course incredibly helpful for helping me reduce anxiety and promote steadiness and calm in my life. The combination of yoga exercises, breathing and mindfulness techniques have left me with a life-long set of tools I can continue to use and develop. I’d thoroughly recommend the programme to anyone interested in better understanding how to develop and use mindfulness to improve the quality of their everyday lives in work and at home.
The Yoga Therapy For The Mind Course is a practical way of learning skills to deal with stress, anxiety and depression; skills that can be taken into the ‘real world’ and practised as often or as little as you’d like.Anneliese is a fantastic leader and encourages one to explore his or her own needs whilst being attentive to the whole class. That, coupled with the fact that the space made me feel so calm, meant that I couldn’t wait to have my two hours of escape each week.I would highly recommend this course to all who feel the need to learn a different way to cope with stress, anxiety or depression.
I attended the Finding Space to Breathe workshop and found it an incredibly therapeutic and enjoyable experience. As an asthmatic I’ve always struggled with some poses but Anneliese really helped me to approach them in a new way. The teaching has stayed with me and benefited my ongoing practice.
Anneliese has been responsive to my somewhat raised levels of stress and introduced several movements which quickly enabled me to quieten and relax.Her attention to my lack of core strength and potential instability in my hips was very helpful.I find Anneliese’s observation skills and how my body responds quite remarkable. The programme I now have for home practice feels completely personalised and I am very grateful
Anneliese has a gift -Her delivery of the Yoga Therapy for the Mind course provides a sanctuary from which to regroup yourself week by week when life’s demands are high or rising. She herself is poise and calm personified, her teaching is clear, kind and digestible and being in her studio is a gorgeous retreat. I emerged calmer and more balanced, as well as skilled-up with new self-care tools that make complete sense and that are helpful every day. I’m going back for more and I highly recommend her.
Listening to the birds, watching the wildlife and looking at the sun shining through the trees is the perfect setting for me to totally absorb myself in yoga. I encourage anyone to take the time to experience the beautiful and peaceful location that is Birchwood Yoga.
Anneliese is considered in everything she says and does, explaining with great care and clarity how each movement and position should be achieved and how it might make you feel. Even Anneliese’s voice has a calming timbre to it. She is also very personable and really takes the time to listen to and observe each student as an individual.
Forget the books and the birth plans, all you need for a positive birth experience is Anneliese. Combining yoga, breathing and meditation, the prenatal classes taught me how to find and harness an inner power I didn’t know I had. I discovered how to make my body and mind work together, rather than fight or frighten one another.The classes may be prenatal but what you learn stays with you long after your pregnancy. When my son is crying I use the same humming breath to settle him that I used during his birth.Everything I learnt made the pain manageable so that I didn’t even realise I was in labour! When things did start to intensify, I felt so calm and in control that nobody believed me when I said the baby was imminent. At not point did I think ‘I can’t do this.While labour may be one of the most uncontrollable events in your life, you can control how you physically and mentally prepare for it which can only have a positive knock-on effect. You can’t plan the perfect birth but you can equip yourself to better manage whatever experience is thrown at you.
Anneliese; if you haven’t already done so you should definitely be using your voice for hypnotherapy/voice overs etc. Extremely hypnotic and calming. Wonderfully relaxing classes.
The Beginners Yoga Course has been a real journey to discover how important it is to take some time; however little, to focus on yourself for a greater awareness in everyday life.
This course has been a very good re-introduction to yoga after a break from practicing.
I’ve really enjoyed the course and would definitely be interested in developing my practice further with another course. Even after just six weeks I feel more confident that I can practice at home, even if it is just 5 minutes of breathing and stretching to keep me calm and focussed before an exam!
I have enjoyed the whole course from start to finish. At first I thought two hours would feel too long but it goes very quickly. I am surprised by what I can already do and how refreshed I feel afterwards.
I always wanted to be able to do my own daily yoga practice at home as well as my weekly class. However I lacked the confidence and knowledge to put a daily practice together, especially as I wanted to improve my core and flexibility. In the Beginners Yoga Course I learned how to focus on my goals. The biggest benefit I gained from completing the course was the confidence to take my practice to the next level. I can’t wait for the second course!
Birchwood Yoga, Burtenshaw Farm, Spithurst Road, Barcombe, East Sussex BN8 5EE.Telephone: 07950 042606Images © Ticking Stripe Photography & Anneliese Wells