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). In 2017, we began offering yoga to help women through the perimenopause and menopause and in 2018 ran our first Women’s Yoga & Youth Hostelling weekends away. 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 10 years.
Katie has two children of her own (8 & 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 & Balderton 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.
Katie trained with Calm for Kids and runs Children’s Yoga classes for children aged 2.5 – 4.5 years. She runs an after school class for school age children (4-11 years) and weekly classes in local nurseries, primary schools and secondary schools during term-time.
Katie has completed training at Special Yoga in London to offer Yoga for Children with Special Needs. She runs small group and 1:1 sessions. The venue at Hawtonville & Balderton Sure Start Children’s Centre has wheelchair access.
Yoga for women…
Katie has run regular yoga & relaxation workshops for local charity Home-Start Newark to help support mothers suffering from postnatal depression, and teaches on Wellbeing courses run for mums by Hawtonville & Balderton Sure Start Children’s Centre. She offers 1:1 Postnatal Yoga to new mums to help support them during the days, weeks and months after birth.
Her weekly Friday night Women’s Yoga for Wellbeing & Stress Reduction class is for those who want to move into a general Hatha Yoga practice, but need to continue practicing deep yogic relaxation (Yoga Nidra).
In 2017 Katie commenced training for a Diploma in Well Woman Yoga with the charity Birthlight. Well Woman yoga offers practices which cater for individual needs related to reproductive health; before conception, between pregnancies or whenever women are drawn to nurture themselves in a more attentive way. She offers 1-2-1 yoga for postnatal recovery, hormonal health, post-operative recovery and the peri/menopause.
She also offers Women’s Yoga & Youth Hostelling weekends away.
The Women’s Yoga Support Group, a secret Facebook Group contains articles, links, audios and videos of Women’s Yoga Practices and Baby Yoga practices and from time to time hosts Q&As with local experts, to provide support for women attending classes.
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. She has been on the advisory panel for a midwifery student’s PhD, looking at a non-pharmacological interventions to aid pregnant women suffering from mild to moderate anxiety.
We have received training and accreditation from the following organisations:
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.