Ananda is a Sanskrit word meaning Bliss. Bliss beyond superficial moods and experiences, Bliss that is our truest; our deepest Selves. It is this deepest of connections to our true Self that we strengthen as we become more aware of our bodies, our emotions and our thoughts. Conscious movement is a path that can lead to this. As we become aware of our movement and our bodies; as we become aware of our Breath we connect more fully to Life.
“Nobody else knows your reason for being. You do. Your bliss guides you to it. When you follow your bliss, when you follow your path to joy, your conversation is of joy, your feelings are of joy — you’re right on the path of that which you intended when you came forth into this physical body.”
~ Abraham Hicks
I love movement! Movement of the body; movement of tissues; movement of Breath. Ease of movement helps create peace of mind and freedom in the body allowing for optimal function. Integration of movement helps to deepen the body’s Awareness, illuminating the feeling of connection within. Freedom and integration together create a symphony of stability and Grace in our movements, our bodies and potentially our lives.
When we coordinate movement and breath, becoming more Conscious of the many layers of Being, we become witness to our Being. It is as this witness we see the truth of who we are. It is here in the centre of Being that Ananda, true Bliss, resides.
There are many paths to the centre, many ways to connect body, breath and movement. Yoga, meditation, surfing, bodywork and even dance are all used as tools of connection, undertaken consciously, I believe any movement can become a path.
At Ananda Movement Bliss I would like to explore movement with you. Through Yoga, movement meditation and Structural Bodywork, we can begin or deepen this journey within together.
Jodie began her journey into body work when she studied Sports Science at Oaklands College in St. Alban’s. She then went on to gain a BSc honors in Sports Rehabilitation at St. Mary’s College (University of Surrey), Twickenham. On her return to her home in Barbados she began to practice Anusara yoga and instantly fell in Love, she has since practiced and studied a variety of styles through 11 years following this path of Bliss.
Through her love of the body, she went on to complete a 500hr certification in Kinesis Myofascial Integration (KMI/Anatomy Trains) in Seattle finding through this practice an even deeper appreciation and Love for structure, function and integrated movement.
This deepening awareness led her to complete her yoga teacher training (RRYT200hr) with School Yoga Institute in Peru as well as continue her self-study through various retreats, training, immersions and workshops. She aims to combine her knowledge of the body, especially the fascial connections throughout, with freedom of breath and movement helping to assist others in making these connections themselves.
Continuing to follow her Bliss has led her to Newquay, Cornwall where she now lives, surfs and moves all with Love.