Brighton & Hove based Yoga & Pilates with a onus on discovery & fun.
It's YOUR body, it's YOUR practise. A focus on movement which helps you discover what is best for you, to help create the best version of you.
It isn't always classical, but it IS functional!
What is Balanced Roots Movement?
Important in a physical sense, and also in life. Many of us are struggling to find the time for ourselves. Yoga & Pilates not only help with physical balance, but also give you time to focus on your own body and get within. A healthy body can be said to be in homeostasis or balance. It is when we lose this balance that we become unhealthy or ill in some way and this exercise system can help prevent this.
There to ground you and provide a strong platform. Yoga & Pilates provide this through strengthening exercises/Asanas but also reminds us of the importance of our connection with the ground. Whether this is standing, lying or any other position you may find yourself in, the ground can be used as a force to assist your every move. Roots are also where we came from; every single person has been on a unique journey which can be seen in our body. Rather than being a generic ‘one-size fits all’, it's about discovering what suits your own bodily needs, finding a way to make you the best you can be.
We were born to move! Everything about the body is designed specifically for movement, but we are becoming increasingly sedentary. The body LOVES movement. The movement I like to teach is beneficial, functional and most of all fun!
Yoga, Pilates & Kundalates
I love Yoga AND Pilates! Yes it can happen. But I know that some like one and not the other, so offer both. I have also developed something I call Kundalates. It's Pilates for Yogis, or maybe Yoga for Pilatis (new word). Basically Pilates exercises with all the other bits of Yoga!
Hi, I'm JJ
(Or Jonathan if in trouble. Never John...never)
This is that awkward bit where I have to go 'me, me, me!'
I arrived to Pilates 8 years ago with a bad back. Skateboarding had ruined my body! I was the only man in the class (something I've grown used to), but that didn't stop me. Something about it grabbed me. It may've been the sexy stomach, or maybe the journey inwards that it gave me. At the same time I also joined an Iyengar Yoga class. My body wasn't all that mobile, but again I enjoyed the inwardness more than the poses.
Fast forward a few years and I landed in Brighton with dreams and aspirations. Photography was my life but I also wanted to share the love I had for Pilates. So I did just that. I spent a year training under the amazing Alison Swan of Pilates Matwork Teacher Training and came away with a little certificate, but more importantly, a heap of knowledge and thirst for more.
Now I need to come clean...at this stage I HATED Yoga (as most of us know it). I regularly attended Yin, but found the rest of it pretentious and in all honesty, a little dangerous. I would often walk (correction; hobble) away with a bad back or something else strained. The rest of Yoga I loved though. In my everyday life I embodied most things, other than the Asanas. Pilates were my Asanas.
But then out of nowhere I fell in love with Yogasana. I found teachers who taught safely, knew my body well enough to be safe, but most importantly had the belief in myself to not actually do everything the teacher said. I went on to learn under one of the most knowledgable people I've met- Tammy Mittell- of Real Flow Yoga. Her student focussed approach to teaching really matched my thoughts on what was wrong with a lot of Yogasana, and what was right with the teachers I had discovered I loved.
This is why I teach discovery and empowerment. I want my students to think for themselves, so they can be in my classes or another class and think 'no, that's not for me...I'm going to do this instead'. So that they're not walking away from class feeling worse than they came in, but walking away feeling great, with their head held high (lifting through the crown of course). I love seeing students' faces when they learn something new, not only Asana/exercise wise, but also about themselves. For me, Yoga and Pilates are about self-discovery. All the other benefits are just the icing on the cake.
YMCA Level 3 Pilates Matwork Teaching
YMCA Level 2 & 3 Anatomy & Physiology
Yoga Alliance Accredited 200hr YTT
Mama's Pilates Pre & Postnatal Pilates Certification
Jonathan Goldman's Healing Sounds Certification
Level 2 Emergency First Aid at Work
Reiki Usui System Certified Healer
Reiki, Seichem & Violet Flame Certified Practitioner
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