About

About The Samye Centre

The Samye Centre was founded by Katie Greenfield to introduce the benefits of yoga practices and rituals to women, mothers, babies, toddlers, children, teens and adults in the community.

We teach small, bespoke classes, giving lots of individual attention, and are qualified in teaching adult yoga, postnatal yoga, baby yoga & children’s yoga (including yoga for children with special needs). We hold weekly women’s yoga circles and in 2018 ran our first Women’s Yoga & Youth Hostelling weekends away, which now run 3 times a year. We believe in working together in the community, and across generations to support women’s & children’s health.

What does ‘Samye Centre’ mean?

‘Samye’ is a Tibetan Buddhist name which means: “All that you need is inside of you,” so ‘Samye Centre’ literally means: “The centre within you where you can access everything you need.” This journey from Pregnancy, through Birth to Motherhood and Maturity requires us to draw on all the internal resources we have. We need women supporting women, empowering each other in journeying to our own destinations.

We work with women to empower you to:

  • Find time to focus on and nurture yourself, at times when your needs are often the last to be met.
  • Experience the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of a yoga practice, when your body may be in need of extra support.
  • Use yoga practices to help heal your body, and ease the transition and journey, post birth into motherhood, and beyond.

We work with babies, children and teens (including children with special needs) to:

  • Encourage whole brain development
  • Help them find quiet and better access their own resources
  • Encourage creativity
  • Help them learn to listen to their body

About Katie Greenfield

Katie completed her first 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program in India in 2008.

In pursuit of knowledge she went on to complete a second 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course in the UK in 2010, and has been teaching yoga for 12 years.

Between 2011 and 2018, she has undergone hundreds of hours of specialist training. She continues to undergo further training with the charities: Birthlight and Special Yoga.

Katie has two children of her own (9 & 10 years old). She is DBS-checked and fully insured to teach yoga to adults, children, babies and teenagers.

Yoga for babies, toddlers & children…

Katie teaches classes in partnership with Hawtonville Sure Start Children’s Centre in Newark, Nottinghamshire. Sure Start Children’s Centre services are designed especially for mums and dads expecting a baby or those with a child or children under 5 years of age.  The centres are safe, welcoming places for you and your family.

A Birthlight-qualified Baby Yoga instructor, Katie runs Baby Yoga classes for babies from 10 weeks to 10 months old and Todder Yoga classes for children from 11 months to 2.5 years old.

Katie trained with Calm for Kids and runs an after school Children’s Yoga classes for children aged 4-11 years, where children do yoga alongside their parents / carers. She also runs weekly classes in local nurseries, primary and secondary schools during term-time and undertakes specialist work in children’s homes.

Katie has completed training at Special Yoga in London to offer Yoga for Children with Special Needs. The venue at Hawtonville Sure Start Children’s Centre in Newark has wheelchair access.

Yoga for women…

Our Friday night Weekly Women’s Yoga Circle focuses on practices to support women’s hormonal health, aid wellbeing, promote stress reduction and encourage better sleep.

We run 3 Women’s Yoga & Youth Hostelling weekends away each year and a New Year’s Day Women’s Yoga Circle. This year we will also run a Postnatal Healing Workshop which will be open to both new mums and mums with older children.

Katie has run regular yoga & relaxation workshops for local charity Home-Start Newark to help support mothers suffering from postnatal depression, and has taught on Wellbeing courses run for mums by Hawtonville & Balderton Sure Start Children’s Centre.

Katie has previously been actively involved with Nottingham University’s Nottingham Maternity Research Network. The goal of this group is to increase the involvement of women and local families in maternity research.

Katie is currently training for a Diploma in Well Woman Yoga with the charity Birthlight.

Our Training

We have received training and accreditation from the following organisations:

Birthlight

Baby Yoga BirthlightBirthlight is a friendly charity and teacher-training organisation focusing on the holistic approach to pregnancy, birth and babyhood.

Birthlight uses body-based practices inspired from yoga and traditional modes of parenting supported by scientific research and in depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

The Birthlight Baby Yoga training consists of Baby yoga level 1, 2 & 3 courses complemented by three short courses: Nurturing baby massage, Toddler yoga and Special baby yoga.

All these courses together are registered under the label ‘Birthlight Baby Yoga’. Katie Greenfield has attained the Baby Yoga Level 3 qualification and is a certified Postnatal Yoga Instructor. She is studying for a Diploma in Well Woman Yoga.