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"There exists an indisputable connection between a person's overall physical and mental health and the inner peace and well-being yoga is designed to achieve. Yoga suspends the fluctuations of the mind, and by acting consciously, we live better and suffer less."

- Catherine Woodyard PhD, MCHES®

Woodyard C. (2011). Exploring the therapeutic effects of yoga and its ability to increase quality of life. International journal of yoga, 4(2), 49–54.



Somatic Yoga with Sally Marie Gardner is a trauma-informed practice which aims to help you reduce pain, improve mobility and increase strength by combining modern somatic movement and pain care management with therapeutic yogic practices.

Somatic Yoga empowers you to take an active role in your recovery. Unlike passive treatments, where someone else attempts to "fix" the pain for you, Somatic Yoga encourages self-empowerment and self-compassion. By reclaiming agency over your body and building interoceptive awareness, you can gain a sense of control and confidence in managing and reducing your pain. 

The gentle and slow movements of Somatic Yoga allow you to explore your pain with a non-judgmental attitude, and instead of pushing through pain or avoiding it altogether, you are encouraged to be present with sensations as they arise. This mindful approach helps to reduce the fear and anxiety associated with pain, breaking the cycle of pain-induced stress and tension.


This approach is suitable for just about anyone; it doesn't matter if you have never before set foot on a yoga mat, as Somatic Yoga encourages us to cultivate connections between movement, breath and awareness at a pace that is comfortable for you. This approach considers the multidimensional aspects of a person's health and well-being, and can easily be integrated with medical care and therapies.



  • Reduce persistent pain and tension

  • Calm and regulate your nervous system

  • Increase interoceptive awareness

  • Reduce painful flare-ups

  • Support mental-emotional health

  • Improve strength and mobility

  • Boost energy and mood

  • Reduce stress and anxiety

  • Improve sleep and breathing

  • Deepen self-compassion and empowerment

  • Develop a sense of interconnectedness 

  • Improve overall health and well-being

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During our first meeting at your free consultation appointment, we will discuss a range of topics surrounding your health and build a picture of your individual needs.

In your first Somatic Yoga session, we will explore some movements and suitable breathing practices, which will then inform our following sessions. I will also work with you to create a simple daily practice so that you are able to develop even when we are not in a session. 

During our sessions, we will work together to support you in breaking down old patterns and creating new connections. It is vital that you can remain committed to your practice throughout our time together so that you will be able to experience the best possible results. 


The Membership Plans run from 6 to 12 sessions. I would recommend weekly appointments to begin with, which will help to build up and strengthen your practice; however, we can change this to be fortnightly or monthly, depending on your requirements.

If you have any questions between our appointments, you can always contact me via email, and I will reply as soon as possible and try to support you as best I can. 

In short, throughout our time working together, you’ll receive personalised guidance, an adapted practice to suit your needs, expert support, as well as specific steps to implement into your daily life and routine that will support you in integrating your practice.

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