Yoga with Chrissie

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I’m looking forward to starting the new autumn yoga term on Wednesday 9th September. I’ll continue to teach two adult yoga classes each week in the custom-built, under-floor heated studio at the Ocean Physio and Rehab Clinic in Woodbury near Exeter, Devon with a brand new, additional class exclusively for teenagers on Thursday evenings.

All classes are suitable for beginners and those at intermediate level, combining the traditional Hatha style with elements of the more therapeutic Yin and restorative yoga.

Classes are kept intentionally small (with no more than 10 students) to ensure maximum benefit.

Autumn Schedule

  • Wednesday mornings (60 minutes): 7.15 – 8.15 am
  • Thursday mornings (60 minutes): 9.30 – 10.30 am
  • Thursday evenings (teenagers) (60 minutes): 5.45 – 6.45pm

Prices for adult classes are £8 for a 60-minute class or £42 for a 6-week block.  The cost of the 6-week course exclusively for teenagers is £42.

I still have a few available slots for private yoga tuition for individuals or small groups, either at the Woodbury studio or in your own home (where appropriate).

Yoga For Teenagers

My new Yoga for Teenagers course (exclusively for those aged 13 to 19) is a 6-week course starting on Thursday 10th September through to Thursday 15th October inclusive. These 1-hour classes will be held on a Thursday evening in the lovely studio at Ocean Physio from 5.45pm – 6.45pm. . There will be a maximum of 10 places and bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis. The cost of the 6-week course is £42.

Not only does yoga help to build strength and core stability, but it has been incredibly successful in helping students through stressful situations such as exam times.

The classes will include some great breathing and relaxation techniques which, over time, will provide an outlet to enable students to focus on one thing at a time – not something that necessarily comes naturally to many of us as we live in a culture that has raised us to love multitasking. Yoga also helps youngsters gain more awareness of their bodies (including postural habits) which is a particularly important skill for those involved in a competitive sport, but of course relevant to all.

Please email me directly with any questions or to reserve a place on this course.

You’ll find the Ocean Physio & Rehab studio at:
Woodbury Business Park, Woodbury, Devon, EX5 1AY

For class reservations, please call Ocean on 01395 239455. For other yoga or class content queries, drop me a line at

With love and wellbeing wishes,

Chrissie Tarbitt - Integrated Wellbeing

A Great Relaxation Technique

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I love this simple breathing technique called Anuloma Viloma or alternate nostril breathing. It’s been used by yoga practitioners for millennia.

Simply by practising a few rounds of alternate nostril breathing for a few minutes each day, you can calm your nervous system, boost your thinking and improve sleep. It’s also great preparation for any meditation practice.

I’ve uploaded a short “how to” video to the Chrissie TV section of the site to help get you started.

Traditionally done in a comfortable cross-legged position, you can just as effectively sit on an upright chair (dining room or kitchen chair rather than a squidgy sofa) with feet firmly on the ground.








It really is such a portable relaxation technique and, okay, you might feel a bit odd doing it at your desk at work but, you never know, others might be intrigued and want to join in!  If I’m in need of some time out, I take myself to my bedroom or hotel room (in the past when I’ve been away on business, my hotel room has provided a great sanctuary in between meetings, even if only for 5 minutes) and a few minutes of alternate nostril breathing gets me back on track.


Ancient yogis discovered that by isolating the breath this way on the left and right sides, we can reset the balance in our autonomic nervous system i.e. between our rest and digest and fight or flight sides of the brain.

Just try it – what have you got to lose?

I promise you, once you have the hang of it, you’ll want keep it handy in your stress-busting toolkit.  Use the video at Chrissie TV to guide you through the first few sessions.

Give it a go now and let me know how you get on!

With love and wellbeing wishes,

Chrissie Tarbitt - Integrated Wellbeing

Alternate Nostril Breathing (An Introduction)

Chrissie Tarbitt of Integrated Wellbeing demonstrates the alternate nostril breathing technique, Anuloma Viloma.

Team WattCycle – March 2015 Update


With the weather improving and the women’s team taking their first season by storm, we’re loving following Team WattCycle’s weekly road cycling adventures.

Both the men’s and women’s teams post regular updates via Facebook and Twitter for those keen to follow their progress but these are a few highlights of the last month.

February saw the close of the Velo 29 Winter Series and the team picking up their first ever piece of silverware as Team of the Series.

On 7th March Nikki Metcalfe secured her first podium place at the Highfields Godleys race, and Joel McGlynn’s strong start to the season continued with a 2nd place finish at Middlesbrough Cycle Circuit.

The following day saw members of the team racing in Lancashire, North Yorkshire and Northumberland, with the Team WattCycle women competing in their first road race. An amazing team performance was capped by Angela Hibbs winning the sprint to take 1st place.

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Velo 29 Team of the Series

Ellen McDermott, Team WattCycle, Integrated Wellbeing

Ellen McDermott, COTC Stirling

The girls’ success continued on 22nd March with a podium finish for Ellen McDermott, taking 3rd place in the COTC race in Stirling.

Members of the men’s team enjoyed some warm weather training in Spain and Kyle Whitfield secured a fantastic top 20 finish in the Tour of Malta, before Russell Wright and Luke Wilkinson secured their first podium places of the season with 2nd and 3rd place finishes in the Middlesbrough Race Circuit Cat. 4 outing on 28th March.

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Spanish training camp, Alicante

Angela Hibbs, Team WattCycle, Integrated Wellbeing

Angela Hibbs, Capernwray winner

March closed in a wet and windy Lancashire for the THR Racing and Lancaster Cycling Club Capernwray Road Races. On the first of four laps, Team WattCycle’s Angela Hibbs and Aspire HSS Hire’s Amy Gornall broke away to forge a substantial lead which they held for the remainder of the 52km race, with Angela taking the win in a tense final sprint.

This was an excellent performance against a quality field including ex-GB junior world championships team member Amy Gornall, last year’s winner Jo Blakeley and multiple national hill climb champion Lynn Hamel in 2nd, 3rd and 4th places respectively

Jennifer Batey finished a creditable 10th, with other team members in the top 20, suggesting that the Team WattCycle women have an exciting season ahead of them.

Check back for more next month!

Yoga For Sport: Bend It Like… Wiggins!


If you enjoy playing sport at any level, then I truly believe that yoga has something to offer you.

After the widely publicised inclusion of yoga into their regular training regime by the likes of Ryan Giggs (professional footballer, Manchester United and Wales), Andy Murray (professional tennis player, former Wimbledon champion and Olympic gold medallist) and Bradley Wiggins (professional cyclist, 2012 Tour de France winner), along with a host of other elite-level athletes, many of the yoga sceptics have been silenced.

And it’s not just a few individual sports men and women who have adopted the practice. World-class coaches and managers of football teams such as the 2014 Premiership Champions, Manchester City, and recent high-fliers Southampton FC and West Ham United have all seen fit to introduce yoga to their players, as have those working with the likes of the New Zealand All Blacks rugby union team and various Olympic coaches in disciplines ranging from swimming to weightlifting.

So what are the benefits to us mere mortals who perhaps enjoy a weekly game of tennis, a regular round of golf or a session of mountain biking or road cycling?

For many of us, the key advantages of incorporating some regular yoga into our general wellbeing regime include:

  • Optimized movement and increased flexibility
  • Increased core strength/stability
  • Improved posture
  • Better relaxation strategies
  • Increased protection from injury
  • Improved breath control
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Sharper focus

No-one will promise that yoga can transform you from a keen amateur or enthusiastic club competitor into a world beater, but it will increase your chances of staying fitter for longer, avoiding some of those niggling aches and pains, and recovering from minor injuries a little bit faster. And with the increased flexibility and core stability that yoga brings, you have every chance of improving your overall performance level in whatever sport you enjoy.

Chrissie Tarbitt, Cyclist's Lunge

Cyclist’s Lunge

The use of breathing techniques in yoga also helps us make that all-important mind/body connection; when we’re in the flow of our yoga postures, we use the breath to keep us focused, offering instant access to the “rest and digest” part of our autonomic nervous system. The more relaxed and focused we are on the mat, the more energy we conserve for the times when we really need it off the mat!

Back to Ryan Giggs: “My body feels so much better having done the yoga … I still get the odd hamstring strain, which you are going to get playing football, but it wasn’t about curing the problem, but making it less frequent. I wish I had done it from the start of my career.”

Over the coming months here at the Integrated Wellbeing site, we’ll take a look at some specific postures and series that can help those of you playing a particular sport enjoy it just that little bit more. And as we’re one of the main 2015 sponsors of current North East champions, the Team WattCycle road-cycling team, cycling is likely to be near the top of that list!

I currently teach two yoga classes each week at the Ocean Physio and Rehab Clinic at Woodbury near Exeter. The Ocean team has experience of working with those suffering from various sporting injuries, including members of the Exeter Chiefs rugby union team, the English golf team and the Devon cricket team, as well as a number of elite-level sports men and women and Olympic competitors. More information about my current class schedule and the Ocean team’s expertise can be found at

I believe that incorporating a regular yoga practice into your schedule can increase both your enjoyment of your favourite sports and your level of performance.

And for those of you who are interested in exploring the role of yoga in sport more deeply, there are now numerous yoga teachers across the UK (and the rest of the world) who offer expertise via classes and courses specifically aimed at sports people. Head over to Google now to find a class in your area, and let me know in the comments section below how you get on!

Oh, and guys, in case you hadn’t realised, this one is definitely for you too. I’m seeing more and more men turning up to classes and they all come back for more ☺. So, if in doubt, banish thoughts of lycra and getting yourself stuck in some pretzel shape and find a class and teacher that suit you.

With love and wellbeing wishes,