The willow tree can survive any storm as its roots run deep.


Despite its delicate appearance it has a strong tenacity for life. Prized by the ancient Greeks and Chinese, the willow tree possesses legendary powers.

This tree is strong while being highly adaptable, stable and yet elastic, resilient and also free flowing – all qualities we look for in our body for good movement.

Like a waterfall, with its pouring branches, the willow invites us to a place of peace and tranquility. Similarly in the practice of Yoga, Pilates and holistic movement we may find refuge from life’s demands and a greater contact with our felt sense and our kinesthetic intelligence.

What's New

Live Online Classes

Due to the big success of the Live Online Classes over the past 6 weeks I will continuing with these throughout May.


So many of you have fed back that these classes are keeping you sane, keeping you strong, keeping you connected to our community and getting you practicing more than you have before. This is really, really wonderful!

I will be offering another 4 week period of classes starting on the 4th May until the 30th May 2020. The classes will be conducted LIVE using Zoom so you will be able to join the class using your computer, iPad of phone from the comfort of your home.

There will be several options available which I hope will meet everyone's needs.  I will be teaching a morning class every day except Sunday.

Monday 8am - Yoga Open level

Tuesday 8am - Pilates Open level

Wednesday 9:15am - Yoga Open Level

Wednesday 10:30am - Yoga Level 1 Class

Thursday 9:15am - Pilates Open Level

Friday 8am - Yoga Open Level

Saturday 8:30am - Pilates Open Level

Saturday 9:45am - Yoga Open Level


The plan is to provide a lot of variety as many of you might be joining me several times each week.


The package options are as follows:

  • 1 class per week for 4 weeks = £48

  • 2 classes per week for 4 weeks = £78

  • 3 classes per week for 4 weeks = £102

  • 4 classes per week for 4 weeks = £112

  • 5 or more classes per week for 4 weeks = £135

It is complicated to configure these options with my online booking system, so please email me with your option and I will send you an invoice with instructions for the bank transfer.

In addition I plan to run some end of day short free practices. If you're not signed up for a package and you are interested in attending these, please get in touch with me directly. These will include:


Computer relief exercises

Yoga Nidra

Guided Meditation

General mobilising 

On the Sunday before the start of the package please email me with the classes you wish to attend (which should correspond to the payment you have made) and I will then send you the links to these classes. If you need to change your days during the package just drop me a line.


If you are interested in dropping into these classes you are welcome to. Drop in's will be £13 per session

Please contact Stephanie the day before the session you wish to attend to make payment and be sent the corresponding link.

If the circumstances continue these online 4 weekly courses will continue until such a time as we can move back to the usual venues and practice face to face.  

I know that many of you have been really appreciating these classes and it's been so encouraging to get your feedback. I am happy that we can remain connected, helping each other to stay positive, breathing and moving together, continuing to strengthen our resilience and maintaining our most vibrant health even during these challenging times.

Hope to see you soon



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Welcome to Movement for Living Well

Once upon a time Anglo-Portuguese Stephanie was a professional dancer in London and has been a mover all of her life. Fascinated by people generally, their health, the way they live, their bodies and their movement, what gets her out of bed in the morning is a desire to understand more and empower her students to move well, feel well and live well.

A devoted teacher for over 20 years specializing in Pilates & Yoga she is also a certified Slings Myofascial Training® Practitioner, based on Tomas Myers Anatomy Trains® body map.

This movement concept has found its way into all of Stephanie’s teaching as her study of Tom Myers map and practice of Slings Myofascial Training has given her a much deeper understanding of the effects of movement on the body.

Slings unique fascia focused movement concept is designed to provide better balance and efficiency in our myofascia through movement. Said differently it is structural integration through movement by strengthening the body’s postural balance, enhancing resilience and body awareness, improving movement efficiency and activating the body’s own self healing ability.

Stephanie is also an international educator for Slings Myofascial Training with Art of Motion (the birth place of Slings) as well as Anatomy Trains in Motion for Anatomy Trains®.

Her other lifelong devotion is to her triplet teenage boys whom she raises with her husband in Oxford, UK. Together with her husband she runs a small fully equipped Pilates & Yoga movement studio as well as running several group classes in Yoga, Pilates & Slings Myofascial Training from The Top Room at The Oxford Playhouse and Summertown Church Hall.

About Stephanie

Formerly a professional dancer with London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Stephanie retired from the stage after suffering an ankle injury and re-trained in 1997 to be a Pilates instructor with Alan Herdman in his London Studios. At the same time she studied Sports Massage with Mel Cash at the London School of Sports Massage. In 2003 she encountered Yoga from which a great passion was born and has maintained a dedicated practice ever since. She trained with Carlos Rui Ferreira (Centro Português de Yoga) and completed his 3 year instructors course. Stephanie draws inspiration from all her teachers and movement disciplines bringing 25 years of study and practice to her own teaching.


Please feel free to contact me via the form below, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.


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