Judy Hirsh Sampath is Founder of Yoga Headspace, and co-founder of Yoga United
She brings a creative mix of yoga-based practices to engage health seekers of all ages, sizes and abilities to tune into their own head space and inner wisdom. She takes yoga, meditation, embodied mindfulness and yoga therapy into health spas, offices, schools, mental health & fertility settings in group and 1-2-1 sessions.
Like many people, Judy first tried yoga to deal with back pain and stress. In the first class she took, as soon as the teacher started the class with the instruction ‘Lie down on your back and surrender your body to the ground’, Judy knew that this was her kind of exercise, in fact, it felt more like coming home! Over the next few years of practice, she noticed some changes in her perspective, and her attitude to herself and others.
During an intensive period of self-enquiry and mediation, Judy came to a revelation: her body loved her unconditionally, and all she had to do was love it back. It was so simple and awakened a chain of self-healing and wholeness. This awareness came to her when the noise of the critical mind was turned down to make way for the intuitive, quieter wise part of herself to speak. Ever since, Judy has been exploring how to tune into the body’s wisdom and support others to do the same. She engages yoga, mindfulness, meditation and therapies to unlock the bodies’ natural intelligence to educate people to become experts in themselves and empower them towards their own healing. Awareness, perception, acceptance, and non-judgment are powerful tools to create personal choices to deal with stress, troubles, worry, difficult emotions – and leads to a healthier, richer and more joyful outlook on life. Judy is passionate about sharing this sensitive and intuitive approach to yoga therapy, and is the creator and director of a ground-breaking 550 hour training in Yoga Therapy in the UK with a host of inspiring tutors, and includes a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy module. The first module of this training is being run as a BWY module. Judy studied Yoga Therapy with the Life Centre/Biomedical Trust in the UK, and the Phoenix Rising method in the US. She is certified with the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
It gives her great pleasure to be able to share this essential work with other health seekers, based on her own journey inwards. Working in groups or one-to-one, she is always amazed by feedback from students about how yoga has changed their bodies, their minds and their lives too. Judy Hirsh is a senior yoga teacher, and yoga therapist working in north London and South India since the turn of the century, a milestone for her in changing career. She encourages people of all ages, sizes and abilities, teaching open classes, BWY foundation course, workshops, retreats and holidays.
When she’s not working, she enjoys bootcamp and chocolate, not in equal quantities but working on balancing the two!
Judy Hirsh says ‘We all face situations where we feel overwhelmed by events in our lives. Personal situations can create chronic stress, feelings of confusion, negative internal dialogue and overwhelming sadness which can take hold of and get stuck in the body, mind and spirit.’ Judy believes that yoga can have positive effects on how we view our own reality, and connect with the peaceful Self within. ‘All the knowledge we need is buried deep inside ourselves and yoga practices can help us to reconnect with them and the world, restore our health and heal ourselves.’
She holds The British Wheel of Yoga teaching diploma, teaches the BWY Foundation course, has studied The Communicating Body yoga therapy with the Life Centre/Biomedical Trust, and is a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist (600hr training). Her teachers include Billy Doyle, Donna Farhi, Judith Lasater, Richard Miller, Michael Lee, and she has been inspired by teachers working in the style of BKS Iyengar, and Vanda Scaravelli. She has completed courses in NLP, Shamanic journeying, and Art Therapy.