Background

 

My name is Orla Beaton and I run "Yoga by Nature" in Milnathort, Perth & Kinross. I have been teaching my own gentle blend of movement & mindfulness since 2015 and prior to that I worked as a massage therapist specialising in pre & post natal bodywork for 8 years. 

 

Qualifications

 

2020               Essential Somatics Movement Teacher Training - Level 1 (March 20)

2019               In-depth Mindfulness training with the Mindfulness Association (April - Nov 19)

2019               Winterlight - 12 Week course in Mindfulness with Orlaith O'Sullivan

2019                Fundamentals of Essential Somatics with Martha Petersen (2 Day workshop) 

2018                Mental Health First Aid (12 Hour - SMHFA)

2018                CPD - Yvonne Austen "Adjustment & Observation"

2018                CPD - Brenda Louw "Anatomy & Scaravelli Yoga"

2018                CPD - Somatics Workshops with Jahna Clark (Shoulders & Hips)

2017                CPD - Rona Main "Creating Space/ Sutras"

2015-17            2 Year (500 HR) Yoga Teacher Diploma with Yoga Scotland

2016               Youth Mindfulness Kids Teacher Training

2015                Certificate in Jikiden Reiki

2015                First Degree in Usui Reiki

2015               Forest Schools Practitioner (Level 2)

2014               Art of Mentoring (Ring 1)

2013               1 Year Foundation in Yoga with Acquaviva Yoga

2013                Baby Massage Instructors Certificate (SSCBM)

2011               Diploma in Remedial & Sports Massage (AMTS)

2010               Wellmother Diploma in Massage & Pregnancy

2010               Certificate in Massage for People Living with Cancer


My Journey

 

I was initially drawn to yoga and holistic therapies in my late 20’s when I was searching for a better work-life balance and a solution to my stress-driven anxieties. Living in Dublin at the time, a work-hard play-hard culture had driven my body and mind to the brink and I regularly experienced panic attacks, depression and became quite unwell with an over-active thyroid – my body had had enough. Deep down even then I knew there was another way but felt stuck in my chosen career at the time. A chance conversation one evening in a pub with a friend opened my eyes to the world of holistic therapies like homeopathy, massage and yoga and a different way of being. I began to consider the prospect of honouring my heartfelt desire to help others. However it wasn’t until I fell pregnant with my first child that I found the courage to try a pregnancy massage and join a yoga class, persuaded by the chance that others would be beginning too. Healing myself came first and is an ongoing journey. Returning to Edinburgh that year I continued pregnancy yoga and massage and I have no doubt that both allowed me to sail through the 9 months inspiring me to go on and train as a bodyworker and leave my career in finance behind. I then spent many years working and learning about bodywork and building a successful niche massage practice supporting expectant and post-natal mums and their families. Some say that the average work-span of a massage therapist is 8 years and that certainly was the case for me. Whilst I was and still am hugely passionate about the benefits of positive touch, my body knew otherwise and it was time for a break from treating bodies in such a hands-on way. This realisation coincided with an opportunity to step back into employment for a while and I spent 3 fantastic years working for Secret Garden Outdoor Nursery founded by Cathy Bache. The chance to step into such a fabulous social enterprise was a true gift and allowed my deep love of Nature, which had been lost along the way, to resurface. I had the privilege to take part in a deep nature connection program called Art of Mentoring in 2014 and went on to train as a Forest Schools Practitioner and support young children in their free explorations of natural world.

 

Along with Nature, Yoga remains the biggest source of ongoing support in my life, emotionally, mentally and physically. I have returned to it over and over again over the past 14 years. In 2013, I wanted to deepen my commitment to yoga and learn more about the path and I had the privilege of doing my Foundation Yoga Training with Marc Woolford of Acquaviva Yoga. This year of training based around Marc’s interpretation of the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli really laid the foundations of my daily yoga practice and greatly influenced the style of my teaching today. It was around that time also that a deep spiritual longing inside me drew me to Buddhist mindfulness and meditation practice and I still practice weekly with a local Sangha and even joyfully co-facilitate the group. In 2015 the conditions finally felt right for me to progress onto a full Teacher Training Diploma with Yoga Scotland, one of the most thorough and diverse qualifications in the UK. The loss of a dear friend that year and the deep grieving that unleashed became a transformational stage for me and gave me the push that I needed to step up and allow the Yoga teachings that had supported me so much over the years to be passed on to others.  I completed the 2 year (500 hour) course in June 2017 and I'm now living and breathing Yoga and bringing my blend of the teachings out into my local community.

 

Om Shanti,

 

Orla x

"Yoga takes you by the scruff of the neck and takes you on a journey whether you like it or not!"  
 
 Vanda Scaravelli

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