Welcome!

My name is Yarrow, I’m a movement teacher and artist living on the East coast of Scotland.

I facilitate creative spaces for people to explore their ideas, embodiment and joy.

Rituals have always been an important part of my life, so much so that I wrote a book about the ones I love the most. To me, movement as a daily ritual is about celebrating what’s possible, moving through what’s hard and finding little pockets of pleasure wherever I can.

In my queer heart of hearts I know that life feels better when I move & create and that these practices can and should be an important part of envisioning the futures we want. When the body becomes a true home again, it is much easier to be a part of movements and to let things move through us.

I’m just here to experience cosmic love in a human body.

In the last few years rehabilitation after an accident has led me to a much more committed movement and creative practice. After two orthopaedic surgeries I am grateful for every step I can make, I am kinder to myself and I appreciate slowness and sensuality like I never have before. I’m not interested in “going back to normal” within myself or the collective and much prefer to dream of new ways of being in the world. 

My lived experience of chronic pain, disability & mental health challenges has helped me to develop deep reverence for creative resilience and meaningful integration. I am curious about how our stories live in our bodies and how these stories can become revolutions, especially for people for whom embodiment is not a given, but something hard won and reclaimed. In this sense bodywork feels like a first language to me, sometimes more than human words do. 

As a facilitator I’m excited about making meaningful practices more easily accessible and to share movement and creative expression within a trauma informed, queer and trans affirming as well as anti-oppressive framework. As a student at the University of the Highlands and Islands I am immersing myself in the study of folklore, landscape & belonging and as an artist I am weaving these things together in experimental ways. 

Background & qualifications

Academic

  • MA in creative media from the University of Brighton
  • BA combining mythology, philosophy & creative writing from the Open University
  • Currently enrolled – BA in culture, heritage and literature at the University of the Highlands & Islands

Movement, bodywork & ritual

  • Pilates teacher training with APPI – ongoing
  • Movement for trauma training level one with Jane Clapp
  • Jungian Somatics with Jane Clapp – ongoing
  • Healing Sexual Trauma: A Professional Training in Trauma-Informed Care with the Breathe Network
  • Breathwork facilitator training level 1, 2 & 3 with David Elliot
  • 200 hr yoga teacher training with the Sivananda school, yoga therapy training with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and a thai yoga massage training at the Mudita school with Ralf Marzen
  • Life celebrancy training with the OBOD & death midwife training at the University of Vermont

Scope of practice

My classes and courses are here to support you in building a creativity and movement practice that works for you. I care about accessibility and am offering adaptations and options wherever possible. Please note that I am not a medical professional though, I am therefore only able to offer education and entertainment, not diagnosis or treatment. I need to say this: you should consult a doctor before starting any exercise program, especially if you have existing health concerns or disabilities.

All practices I offer are always optional – you know your body best and can choose what feels right for you. Please only do what you feel comfortable doing and let me know if there is anything I can do to support you.

I am not using gendered language or diet talk in any of the spaces I facilitate and believe in unconditional body and self acceptance as a path towards liberation.

My values

Autonomy

My classes offer you the freedom to choose what’s right for you

Community

I care about access & inclusion and the magic of small groups

Joy

I like to emphasise playfulness, pleasure and exploration

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