“What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” Buddha
Yoga in Sanskrit means union - a union of mind and body. It's great for destressing, strength, balance and flexibility. I offer private vinyasa flow or yin yoga classes at your home, with your family or friends. I also teach teams at the workplace. I have been teaching yoga for more than two years in the UK, Spain and Sri Lanka. Check classes and packages and book on YogaTrail.com
There are numerous health benefits to practicing mindfulness - helping you sleep better, reduce stress, improve heart conditions, gain greater awareness and generally feel more positive about life. I teach different meditation techniques to help you achieve the state of mindfulness. I am interested in introducing mindfulness classes at the workplace. I can offer yoga and meditation as a package.
Coaching is an effective and holistic personal development technique. As your personal coach, my job is to support you identify your goals, prioritise and achieve them. You're in the right place if you want to manage work-life balance, adopt a new lifestyle, achieve your yoga or fitness goals or are ready to make a meaningful change in your life. Check my coaching rate and packages on YogaTrail.com
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My name is Sosena (or Sossi for short) and I am a 'Yoga Alliance' certified instructor and qualified life coach currently in Bristol, UK.
Yoga and mindfulness meditation
I offer group and private classes in Vinyasa flow, Yin yoga, Meditation and Pranayama (mindful breathing techniques) to students from complete beginners up to intermediates. I am currently teaching privately and groups - at Bath Better Leisure Centre (every Saturday at 11.30am from 5 October) and at St Christopher's Church in Brislington, Bristol (every Monday at 7.30pm from 14 October). All my classes are available to view and book on YogaTrail.com.
Since obtaining my certificate in June 2017, I have been teaching groups and individuals in the UK, Sri Lanka and Spain on a full-time basis. In addition to classes, I also organise yoga and walking holidays in Spain. I received excellent reviews on two events I organised in 2019 which I plan to repeat in 2020. Please email me if you wish to be kept informed.
I honour the traditional essence of yoga, and therefore my yoga style is holistic - uniting mind, body and spirit (read my reviews below). I am passionate about sharing the boundless and amazing benefits of yoga particularly with people who wish to improve their posture, balance and flexibility - including people whose jobs require them to sit for long hours, like office workers. I have personally seen the impact of regular practice on my posture, having been an office worker myself for several years. I believe that yoga is for everyone, whatever your age or ability!
If you are interested in yoga in general and wish to arrange classes for yourself or with your friends or colleagues, please email me. You may also be interested in the reviews I have received so far on my yoga classes. Please scroll down.
In addition to yoga, I am also passionate about life coaching.
I offer face-to-face, Skype, telephone and online coaching to clarify and achieve goals in relation to career choices and progression, work - life balance, managing difficult working relationships, improving or gaining new skills including the confidence to express oneself or present at conferences, and overcoming limited beliefs or unhelpful habits. I am also very interested in working with individuals who are at a turning point in their lives, currently considering a change in lifestyle, new health and fitness regimes, new career moves or moving abroad to start a new life.
I obtained my coaching diploma in 2007 from Noble Manhattan Coaching Ltd. Since then, I have coached individuals on getting clarity on certain aspects of their lives and helping them commit to and achieve their goals. I have also run group workshops on listening and communication skills in line with the principles of life coaching and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP). Whilst in Spain, I organised creativity and coaching workshops on the beach in Costa Blanca which were about clarifying personal values and life purpose; and were very well received. I am always keen to work with charity organisations. In the past, I have worked with a not-for-profit organisation to help their members get back into employment and had a very good outcome.
For several years I worked in policy in government. This has helped me understand the physical, mental and emotional demands of office work and become a better career and life coach. Whilst travelling and living abroad, and constantly getting out of my comfort-zone, I also learned to be resilient and stay focussed on my goals.
I have standard and premium coaching plans to suit everyone on YogaTrail.com and they all include a free 30-minute consultation, an initial informal chat about your goals and expectations. Contact me now for your free consultation.
Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor
Qualified Life Coach Practitioner
Reviews on yoga classes and mindfulness
"I felt so much better after just one class! Always feel better after your yoga classes! Calm and relaxed" Beth (Spain, 2019)
"Sossi is my first yoga teacher and she was a real revelation for me. She makes a truly spiritual yoga without purpose on it, and I loved it! It will be one of my best experience from this year!" Elodie (Spain, 2019)
"I arranged for Sossi to come to my villa to do a yoga session for myself and four friends. Sossi brought mats for us all and the session was fantastic. Felt totally calm and relaxed all day. Definitely recommend." Lisa (Spain, 2019)
"I started meditation classes with Sossi at the beginning of the year. I had never done meditation previously but I had researched a lot about it. I suffer a lot from anxiety and panic and had read that it would be helpful to me. It has changed my life around, I now feel calmer, happier in myself and am able to appreciate my day to day life more. Sossi is a fantastic teacher as well as a lovely person. I looked forward every week to my class and I really felt I have learnt so much from Sossi and am able to incorporate it into my meditation which I now do on a daily basis. Sossi has so much knowledge about meditation and mindfulness and genuinely cares about everyone in her groups. She often messaged me during the week to see how I was doing and how I felt from my experience in the class that week. Her communication is excellent and I cannot recommend her enough. Meditation is something which takes practice and when done regularly will have a big impact on your life. I highly recommend Sossi." Catherine (Spain, 2019)
"Best Yoga classes ever! A great mix of stretching, breathing, balance, encouragement, meditation, a perfect workout for body, soul and mind. All in a beautiful setting on the beach of Altea. You are a wonderful teacher! Namaste" Claudia (Spain, 2019)
"My yoga teacher Sossi showed me a more spiritual level to yoga which I'd never experienced before in my life, and I would recommend her classes to anyone who wants to connect to the universe." Elsi (Spain, 2019)
"I have been attending Sossi's Yoga classes and have found the benefits to be amazing. I love Sossi's gentle manner and dedication to all aspects of the practice. She encourages you to develop physical, spiritual and emotional well being through meditation, focus on breathing and physical exercises to develop flexibility and strength. Her classes are varied, and I always feel so much better for going. Sossi has a beautiful heart and soul who puts everything she is into her teaching. She is a compassionate and knowledgeable yoga teacher who understands not all bodies are built the same and provides safe modifications to enjoy the wonderful benefits of the postures. I always feel inspired and balanced after taking her yoga classes." Zoe (UK, 2018)
"Another great morning session of life giving wonderful yoga hosted by Sossi. Thank you for being so giving of your time and knowledge to everyone at your class. I always feel so much more alive afterwards. It's a great way to start the day." Gen (Ireland, 2018)
"I got classes from Sossi in the mornings on the Altea beach. She really knows a lot about many kinds of yoga. I learned and enjoyed very much!! She puts focus on body and mind and adapts to the different levels in the class. A real professional that makes you HAPPY!" Mona (Spain, 2018)
"Sossi offered lessons on the beach at sunset during the summer which was an amazing way to start the day filled with positive vibes. Her lessons were adapted to our level therefore we felt very relaxed during the session and were able to learn new postures as well as connecting spiritually with ourselves. She is very friendly and I would recommend anyone to take up lessons with Sossi as she is of great inspiration and genuinely cares about teaching." Alicia (Spain, 2018)
“I enjoyed amazing daily yoga classes with Sossi. She was always friendly and warm and supported me with all her knowledge and experience. I learned a lot!” Jule (Germany, 2017)
“I loved listening to Sossi’s warm and relaxed voice while doing the yoga poses. That combined with the loving smile she wears makes it one of the best classes I’ve ever had.” Rianaca (the Netherlands, 2017)
“Enjoyed Yoga with Sossi! Very enthusiastic and caring teacher.” Moj (Germany, 2017)
"The yoga class gave me a lot of energy! It was the perfect way to get started for the rest of the day. Because I’m not a yoga-experienced person a lot of poses were new to me but Sossi first showed and explained the postures very clear. She also walked through the room to adjust some body postures, in that way you had a perfect view on some poses in one hour. Because of her positive approach Sossi got the maximum out of the group. It was clear to me that she teaches with heart, soul and knowledge. I would recommend everybody her yoga class because after you have a great feeling!" Tine (Belgium, 2017)
Reviews on yoga and walking holidays
"I just got back from We Love Yoga & Travel retreat hosted by Sosena, our Yogi instructor. I was a little apprehensive before joining this event, however, it’s turned out to be the best thing I’ve done this month! The itinerary was packed with great events such as great walks with amazing views, yoga on the beach or Eucalyptus park, connecting with nature, meeting new people and sharing some insightful experiences with each other. Sossi provided full Information for the retreat well in advance and during the event. She arrived promptly for each day’s itinerary, very engaging, attentive, and shared great and insightful teaching throughout the retreat. She was also helpful with providing tips on good places to eat in the Albir area (Costa Blanca) and its surroundings, transport connections and amazing cake and coffee shops! I would recommend this retreat to anyone. This was truly an amazing experience. Thank you Sossi for the amazing experience at your yoga retreat. See you next year!" Adenike (UK, 2019)
"Just back from yoga and walking long weekend in Albir and I highly recommend it. Sossi is delightful, accomodating and helpful, the classes and tours are most enjoyable. The hotel comfortable and food delicious. Dont even have to say the weather was wonderful with a breeze to keep us cool! Go....you wont regret it!" Karen (UK, 2019)
"Sossi was very organised and more than helpful with setting everything up. Everything ran smoothly and the location was scenic. I enjoyed the Yoga although the hotel I would advise to change as it was noisy at the weekend. Sossi is a very friendly person and easy to talk to." Michael (UK, 2019)
"Great trip. Sosena appreciate the effort and thought you put into organising the trip, and staying open to changes too. Was great to explore with the group and get a feel of what the surroundings have to offer. Yoga on the beach is hard to beat." Ruby (UK, 2019)
Reviews on coaching
"Fantastic workshop, Sossi used creativity as a tool to skilfully draw out solutions to issues I had previously thought were out of my control. Highly recommended!" Linda (Spain, 2019)
"I teach the subjects in this class but I always learn from Sossi. She has a way of totally engaging the students so everyone is wiser from her instruction and warm personality." David (Spain, 2019)
"Great workshop. I liked going home with something I made and some new insights. An evening well spent." Melissa (Spain, 2019)
“Wonderful, chilled out, thought provoking evening on the beach. Loving my pebble art. Thanks Sossi.” Teresa (Spain, 2019)
"I noticed significant changes in my attitude at work and towards myself and my capabilities following the coaching session. It has given me focus for today and for future weeks, in addition to a renewed enthusiasm in my work." David (UK, 2014)
"I immediately felt in safe hands with Sossi. Her approach was warm yet professional. I left the coaching session with an action plan and a clear direction of what I wanted to do in my life." Jaqueline (UK, 2013)
"Sossi’s skill lies in challenging your habitual and unhelpful ways of thinking whilst enabling you to objectively consider all options. Her empathy and warmth encouraged me to be honest, both with her and myself. Within days I had taken action and started to work towards my goals." Olly (UK, 2012)
“The one-to-one coaching sessions I had an opportunity to participate in turned out to be very helpful as they made me realise how to improve the way I live my life. I was given a chance of looking on my life from broader perspective more objectively and thus was able to come up with solutions to some of the problems I was struggling. They also helped me to gain better understanding of myself and the way I behave in certain situations. Thank you Sossi for your time and energy. That was very useful experience.” Renata (UK, 2008)
“I had the chance to experience an interesting coaching session and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. I must say that in the one to one session we had I felt really well cared whilst treated with top professionality. The session as a whole consisted of all the needed parts for a positive and effective development of the actual situation. I can say I 've been fully satisfied with it as I couldn't ask for more!” Alessandro (UK, 2008)
"Coaching with Sossi was a real experience into the power of imagination...we had been through a job interview which then really took place the way we figured out...just brilliant!" Monica (UK, 2008)