Pause to
Breathe

YOGA THERAPY

with Aleksandra Horwood

from
Happy Stance

Yoga Therapy

happystance-yogatherapy.com

UPCOMING ONLINE PROGRAMME

The Wellbeing Experiment
A 10 Day journey
for restorative sleep & rest

A collaboration between
Pause to Breathe

and The Bath Project

- Details to follow soon -

What is yoga therapy?
 

Yoga Therapy for Vitality has been created after reaching into decades of Aleksandra's experience in yoga, meditation and breathing techniques to create a program that aims to improve health by integrating these easy and safe to follow routines into the daily activities of life.


Apart from physical mobility, yoga is a holistic practice which balances the outer and the inner landscapes of the being.
The emotions are more balanced and energy enhanced leaving the whole of you filled with more vital life force energy.

It can be an effective means to increase your body’s capacity and adaptability.

Yoga is integration.

 

Yoga Therapy for Vitality has been created after reaching into decades of Aleksandra's experience in yoga, meditation and breathing techniques to create a programme that aims to improve health by integrating these easy and safe to follow routines into the daily activities of life.


Apart from the physical mobility, yoga is a holistic practice which balances the outer and the inner landscapes of the being.
The emotions are more balanced and energy enhanced leaving the whole of you filled with more vital life force energy.

It can be an effective means to increase your body’s capacity and adaptability.
 


Yoga Therapy for Vitality was born in order to promote the inherent
therapeutic aspects of yoga so needed in our modern society.
It is the essence of three decades of studying, learning, practising, and teaching
this wonderful ancient art and science.

Committing fully to yoga's healing potential, I believe I can make a meaningful contribution to society. 

By focusing on correct anatomical alignment and by tailoring poses to individual's needs, yoga can provide therapeutic benefits for everyone.


With over 30 years of experience in teaching yoga, and holding the highest teaching
accreditation with Yoga Alliance.

Aleksandra from Happy Stance Yoga Therapy delivers courses and workshops
to schools, corporate environments, charities, groups and individuals.

 


Health and peace of mind are achievable goals and this world needs serenity, stability and calmness more than ever before.

 

As a woman, yoga has given me a holistic way of living and it provides me with a toolkit,
which can help me when I'm in physical pain, when I'm facing sorrow and need a tranquil space to collect myself.
It helped me during and after a divorce, to deal with a chronic illness, with a terrifying
menopause rollercoaster and all of my life's journeys.

 

Yoga is a resourceful companion, counterbalancing everyday trials with equilibrium,
gained on the mat and integrated into my daily life.


 

Key benefits of yoga therapy for vitality (HSYT)

 

  • rejuvenation, purification, and strengthening 

  • improving balance, coordination, and endurance

  • better flexibility, suppleness, and mobility

  • building stamina and agility

  • relief from muscular tension and  internally soothing

  • development of mental stability, a harmony between alertness and calmness

  • stimulating circulation and well-functioning  of inner organs

  • soothed nerves and glands

  • better respiration, knowledge, and control of the breathing process

  • improving lung capacity

  • integrated mindfulness and situational awareness

  • stabilising heart rate and blood pressure 

  • feeling vibrant, deeply rested, energised and fresh

  • experiencing emotional evenness

  • regaining life-giving energy

Testimonial
I started practice of Iyengar Yoga with instruction from Aleksandra Horwood about five years ago, then followed on with other instructors after a change of residence, and recently re-started with Aleksandra, taking advantage of her on-line sessions with Zoom. Aleksandra’s method and style of instruction has proved very suitable for someone like myself who is now quite elderly and suffering from natural “wear and tear” in joints and ligaments, especially in the lumbar region. Aleksandra’s instruction is very precise and “bespoke tailored’ for each individual’s particular needs and capacities. Practice with her is anything but exhibitionistic or competitive, and rather is strictly therapeutic , designed essentially for improvement of bodily and mental health. I have found it to be a necessary and highly beneficial supplement to the regular osteopathic treatment which I have needed for several years now. I strongly recommend Aleksandra’s instruction both for those with particular problems like myself and for those still physically fit, and seeking a way to enhance that well-being and prevent avoidable deterioration in future.

David Coombes Lodève, 34700 France (Retired University Professor)

More testimonials:
80 years old with bypass: "Aleksandra made it so accessible for someone of my advanced years, yet at the same time enough of a challenge to keep me flexible and alert in a way that otherwise would not have happened. By exercising an extraordinary amount of care and attention to each student individually, I owe her a complete recovery of a previous lower-back problem. I valued her instruction for having been so clear and attentive to the necessary detail."

 

70 years old with MS: "The emotional understanding between us is essential in the yoga part. It helped me tremendously. Stretching is immensely beneficial and balance exercises are extremely valuable. I was just washing the kitchen floor dancing to Moby. It would have been unthought of before my classes with her. Aleksandra's yoga for posture and stretching helps me strengthen so I can be standing up straight again."


62 years old with sever chronic illness: "Aleksandra is wonderful in the restorative care which she has given me over the years. She is smart, sensible and fun! She is my "wow" teacher, a wonderful person because she rescued me. I bet she does that every time she meets someone. Aleksandra can pick up anybody from the lowest depths sickness or depression through her confident, friendly way of being. "

33 years old after pregnancy: "After having my second child, doing Yoga with Aleksandra was just perfect, to gently get "in touch" again with my body."

56 years old with multiple knee operations: "She addresses the entire class and yet zeroes in on each particular individual's needs with exquisite accuracy and detail."


49 years old breast cancer survivor: "She is such a wonderful teacher, always spacious and kind yet with a keen eye for the important details! If you understand yoga as finding an inner balance and are looking for a subtle but far-reaching adjustment to your posture, you're in the best of hands!"

 

50 years old gangrene survivor: "Aleksandra has excellent people skills - warm, compassionate, attentive and responsive, she demonstrates the benefits of being an accomplished practitioner of yoga, mindfulness and meditation."


38 year old dancer: "The yoga approach Aleksandra uses is attentive to detail and acknowledges the essence of yoga, breath. She is firm in her teaching, guiding us well, mixing it up with laughter to ease some of the body’s discomfort and slow down the mind."


29 year old with anxiety issues: "Aleksandra was my first yoga teacher. I felt so well in my body after each session with her. She's thorough and patient. I'm still practising yoga today, thanks to Aleksandra's love for yoga and her ways of transmitting her knowledge of the practice. I was a total beginner and learned the very first asanas with her which I am still doing today several years after we met. Thanks Aleks for setting me up on this path of wellness!"

Aleksandra Horwood
Happy Stance
Yoga Therapy

Aleksandra Horwood

My favourite flowers are daisies.
I love every part of them.  
Even the roots and that is how I approach yoga,
from the root of the whole being. 
Getting to know the whole body better,
feeling connected and present in the body. 
Feeling embodied and empowered.


 

The reason I do yoga is that it calms me. It helps to stabilise my emotions and my whole being. The first and most crucial encounter I had with yoga was during the beginning of the civil war in my home country Croatia. I was 20 years old and I was a diligent student at the University of Political sciences and Journalism and at the same time, ambitiously working for different publications, one of them being the Magazine "Svijet/The World" where I would later become chief editor. 

When interviewing a founder of a hospice, a vibrant 92-year old lady, whose clear and kind eyes I can still see before me, she told me about her regular yoga practice. I was a small-town girl, overwhelmed with a big city, with the raging war and its brutalities and with the troubles of my first relationship and the violence which was occurring within it. I thought I had escaped from violence after being exposed to it for the first 18 years of my life, but it just continued to destroy my inner life secretly and steadily. From the outside, I was happy and busy. From the inside, I was hurting so much. 

 

I went on to write another article about a local yoga studio and tried it for myself, I have been hooked ever since. That was 29 years ago.
The regularity of practice and the urgency to quiet my mind and bring some clarity and stability, amongst the brutality that was happening in my own home and in my country, gave me the strength to survive, to change and to thrive. 

 

After Croatia, I was lucky to spend a couple of beautiful years in California, learning from the best yoga teachers there. After which I moved to Germany and officially finished my Yoga teacher training, leading me to open my first toga school. Even though the school was going well, I decided to close it in order to take part in a traditional 3-year Buddhist retreat. This took place in a beautiful temple in France, which was inaugurated by Dalai Lama. While there I dived fully into the richness of the different Buddhist meditation techniques day and night.
During this time I continued to teach and to practice yoga myself, as the body needs to stay a suitable vessel for meditation practice. This is anyway one of the main reasons for the origins of yoga. After accomplishing my study and practice in Buddhist retreat centre, I moved to a small local town and continued teaching there until moving to London in 2017. 

 

Happy Stance Yoga Therapy was born there in order to promote the inherent therapeutic aspects of yoga, so needed in our modern society. It is the essence of three decades of studying, learning, practising, and teaching this wonderful ancient art and science. Working directly with individuals and groups and committing fully to its healing potential, I believe I can contribute to society even more as a yoga therapist than as a journalist.

Health and peace of mind are achievable goals, and this world needs
serenity, stability and calmness more than ever before.

Full bio:
The reason I do yoga is that it calms me. It helps to stabilise my emotions and my whole being. 

 

“My yoga journey began in 1991, the first year of the war in her home country of Croatia and it was a terrifying time. On top of this I had grown up in a household where domestic abuse was normal and now I was on the receiving end of physical abuse from my partner.

Yoga helped me to calm and stabilise not only my emotions but also my whole being. It taught me how to take charge of my life and situation while being present and open. These tools saved my life. This experience and my desire to embody these values were the contributing factors in my decision to becoming a yoga teacher.

Health and peace of mind are achievable goals, and this world needs serenity, stability and calmness more than ever before."

 

‘Reflections’ was the name of the first newspaper Aleksandra founded. She wrote, edited, and got funding for its publishing as a 12-year old in her small home-town school. A year later she began her own radio show at the local broadcasting station and from that moment on there was never any doubt about her choice of the profession. She was always genuinely curious and inspired by interviewing, questioning, and reporting on all kinds of different topics. Yet two of them stayed as main pillars in her journalistic career and private life until now: social justice and the personal wellbeing.

As a 20 year old student at the University of Political sciences and Journalism she ambitiously worked for a number of different publications. One of them being the Magazine "Svijet/The World”, where she would later become chief editor. She continuously emphasised the importance of honouring our shared humanity and not neglecting those in need, which was tough when facing the terrible atrocities that occurred during the civil war in Croatia.

An interview with a yoga practising hospice founder, a vibrant 92-year old lady whose clear and kind eyes she can still remember vividly was the encounter that changed Aleksandra’s life. Then and there she realised there is something that she can do for herself to stay focused, calm and open-hearted and not become overwhelmed with the raging war and its brutalities. The development of a regular yoga practice gave Aleksandra the strength to survive, to change and to thrive.

In the nineties, she was extremely lucky to spend a couple of beautiful years in California, learning from some of the worlds best yoga teachers. Having access to that platform through the golden years of the rise of the yoga buzz, before it became the ‘yoga biz’, helped her establish a nourishing and rewarding yoga practice.

 

After this Aleksandra moved to Germany, and officially finished her three year long yoga teacher training. She opened her first yoga school "Lotus" while simultaneously working as a head of communications for Daimler Chrysler Supplier and Partners portal. Nevertheless, always searching for a deeper understanding of life, she heard of a traditional strict three-year Buddhist retreat starting in the south of France. She decided to go for a two-week meditation course to learn more about it, yet she was accepted to stay for the whole period of the retreat and ended up staying for a further six years of study and practice, becoming one of the first ten lay practitioners in the retreat centre.

 

While being there, in a tiny chalet, with a view over the biggest and most authentic Tibetan temple in Europe, which was inaugurated by Dalai Lama, she wore many hats to support the growing community. In the summers she managed around 1,500 volunteers and in the winters she would do everything, from cleaning the sanitary blocks, washing laundry and cooking to being part of a very carefully selected team of night-time carers for two elderly Tibetan ladies who were well into their eighties.

 

During this time she continued to teach and to practice yoga as the ancient science for keeping the body fit in order to be a suitable vessel for meditation practice. After accomplishing her study and practice in the Buddhist retreat center, she moved to a small local town, got married to a fellow practitioner and opened "Let's Go Vegan", a local catering business, promoting the value of non-violence and sustainable life on Earth for all living beings.

As Aleksandra's husband is British, they moved to London a couple of years ago and Happy Stance Yoga Therapy was born to advocate the inherent therapeutic aspects of yoga so needed in our modern society. Older adults or youth groups from underprivileged backgrounds did not have access to the benefits of yoga and her sole mission was to bring it to them, wherever they are. Residential care homes, community centres, youth clubs and youth organised events. Aleksandra has been invited to many programs as a guest speaker and as the organiser of a platform for welcoming everyone into the world of yoga.

 

This programme is her heart essence and sublimation of three decades of studying, learning, practicing, and teaching this wonderful ancient art and science.

Working directly with individuals and groups and committing fully to its healing potential, she undoubtedly believes optimal health and peace of mind are achievable goals for every single person. 


Yoga and meditation assist a holistic way of living and they provide a toolkit, which can help when in physical pain or when facing sorrow and in need of a tranquil space to collect oneself. It helped Aleksandra during and after all of her life's journeys, a divorce, burnouts, different chronic illnesses, a terrifying menopause rollercoaster, etc.  They were resourceful companions, counterbalancing everyday trials with equilibrium, gained on the mat and integrated into daily life.

By making a conscious decision to be healthy, she wants to inspire and support others not only in their physical wellbeing but also in the mental, emotional, and spiritual areas of their life.


With a flourishing humanitarian global network, Aleksandra supports two United Nations goals to transform our world:  to end hunger and promote good health and well being. 

 

Focusing on serving charities, which particularly feed the poor and those in vulnerable situations, and using her expertise and experience to promote health for all ages, Aleksandra works tirelessly to tackle inequality within the yoga community and in a wider perspective. 

 

It is important to her to reexamine how we can all work together in order to leave no one behind and to create a better world for everyone.

 

Get in touch & Receive our News

Follow us

  • Facebook - White Circle
  • Twitter - White Circle

​© 2020 by Point of View design. 

your
HOLISTIC
wellBEING
journey