About Holistic me

Holistic me combines mental and physical wellbeing. Holistic means a wholesome approach. Body and mind are connected therefore the approaches I offer take adequate care of both aspects, appreciating you as a whole person.

For example, tiredness can be the result of a number of factors. An obvious solution may be to sleep more, and this may improve physical tiredness, but this alone may not resolve mental tiredness. More exercise, stress reduction or compassion could benefit both body and mind here.

Through a Holistic me process together we will determine what is needed in your life and how to achieve these needs..

About Myself

My name is Birthe Davies. I live together with my English husband and two sons in Zaandam. In 2000 I came to the Netherlands from Germany and studied philosophy and German at the University of Amsterdam.

After working as a German and philosophy teacher in secondary schools for 12 years, I decided to launch Holistic me with the focus on wellbeing, coping with unhelpful stress responses, and personal growth.

After considering methods developed with these aims in mind I chose to train in the practice of mindfulness, compassion and Virtues, a lesser known approach. I discovered the Virtues Project when I started my first Yoga teachers training. I loved the different approach that the Virtues Project offers to people, and started applying it in my own life. Recognising the positive effects I continued studying until I became a facilitator of the Virtues Project.

Yoga has been a constant in my life since I started practicing it as a university student in 2001. For me, aspects of the discipline combine perfectly with Mindfulness, Compassion and Virtues and for this reason I have also qualified to date as a children and teenagers Yoga teacher, and Yin yoga teacher.

Through Holistic me my goal is to bring a little extra happiness into the world.

Yin Yoga

Come and join this yoga class in my little home studio in the centre of Zaandam. There is room for six people so make sure you drop me a text or e-mail to reserve a spot.
What is yin yoga?
In the yin yoga practice, we are not focusing on strengthening the muscles, but on opening our deeper tissue and mobilizing and strengthening our joints, ligaments and deep fascial network.
We are living in a yang dominated world: Most of us are always busy even in our free time. Yin yoga helps bring back the quieter half into our life and gives us the chance to return to our true selves.
In yin yoga most postures are done lying down or sitting up. With relaxation you will find you will get deeper into a stretch than with willpower alone. This is achieved by staying in the same posture for minutes at a time (depending on the position, 3-10 minutes).
The goal of yin yoga is to make you feel whole again in the yang dominated modern world.

Information

Duration: 75 minutes
Day and times: Thursday from 20:00 to 21:15 (you are welcome from 19:50)
Location: Czaar Peterplantsoen 6, 1506RD Zaandam
Cost: 12 euro per session or purchase a strippenkaart for 100 euro for 10 sessions

Destress and Relax

In a series of eight sessions I will give you a basic overview of mindfulness, compassion and virtues in combination with yoga. We will discuss and practice breathing techniques, meditations and easy to follow exercises.
This course is recommended for people with either no, or very little knowledge of any of the approaches, or for people who are more interested in easy yoga. This course is also perfect for pupils in secondary schools and students.

Information

Duration: eight sessions, 1,5 hour per session
Date and time: planned to suit your schedule
Location: Czaar Peterplantsoen 6, 1506RD Zaandam
Cost: 80 euro

Mindfulness Workshop

In a series of eight sessions I will help you learn how to feel more balanced in your life, and cope better with everyday life stresses.Simple exercises will help you gain insights into your physical and mental needs.
Mindfulness is seen as a process, not a destination. The goal is long term change in your approach to life aided by the tools learnt in the training.
Research has shown that Mindfulness in this form can have a beneficial impact on wellbeing. Individual program, but small group of friends is also possible. Call or send a message to make an appointment.

Information

Duration: eight sessions, 1,5 hours per session
Dates and times: planned to suit your schedule
Location: Czaar Peterplantsoen 6, 1506RD Zaandam
Cost: 300 euro

Compassion Workshop

Are you looking after everyone but forget to look after yourself? Are the needs of other more important than your personal needs? Are your good intentions wearing you down instead of lifting you up? Maybe this a workshop for you!
Learning to treat yourself as you treat others is what you learn in this training. Be your own best friend and look after yourself.
Available as an individual program, but if you prefer to come with a small group of friends that is also possible.

Information

Duration: eight sessions, 1,5 - 2 hour per session
Date en time: planned to suit your schedule
Location: Czaar Peterplantsoen 6, 1506RD Zaandam
Cost: 300 euro

Virtues

Raising children is one of the most difficult tasks in life. Some people are doing that reasonably easily. Others, like me, need support. Use of the virtues can offer this support. In the virtues-two days you learn how to communicate with your children and family differently to achieve more harmony in your home. But personal growth will also be central, therefore this workshop is also suitable for people without children. You will learn the five strategies of the Virtue project
• Speak the Language of the Virtues
• Recognize Teachable Moments
• Set Clear Boundaries
• Honor the Spirit (Take time for rest and reflection)
• Offer Companioning (Give active attention to others and yourself)
Shorter workshops are also available. Get in touch for more details.

Information

Duration: two whole days
Dates en times: Thursday 6 & 23 May 2019, Tuesday 18 & 25 June 2019, Thursday 4 & 11 July 2019 - All days run from 10:00 to 17:00
Location: Czaar Peterplantsoen 6, 1506RD Zaandam
Cost: 200 euro

Virtues in the Classroom

Not every class is the same and not every pupil is the same.
How can you deal with the children in your classroom and communicate so that they feel acknowledged? You'll learn this at this workshop. Dealing with (difficult) colleagues will also be discussed here.
I'm happy to come to your school for a half-day from four colleagues, but you are also cordially invited to follow this workshop at my home.

Information

Duration: four hours
Date en times: planned to suit your schedule
Location: at your school or training facility
Cost: 395 euro for the whole workshop, maximum of 10 participants per session

Coaching

In personal coaching we look at what you need.
Do you have complex life questions? Then philosophical coaching may suit you.
Are you often much too strict for yourself? Then compassion may fit in well with your needs.
Want to be more in the here and now? Then mindfulness is something for you.
But often it will be a combination of all three forms. We determine that in the beginning and in the course of the coaching together.
Coaching always happens individually so that all attention is paid to you.

Information

Intake: free of charge
Location: Czaar Peterplantsoen 6, 1506RD Zaandam
Cost: 70 euro per session
The sessions taught me so much. And thank you for the feeling that I can always be myself with you.

Nelsa

Mindfulness

When I walk into your house, it is like coming come. So nice.

Hanna

Destress and relax is the only hour in my week where I can relax and do not have to perform.

Jana

Destress & Relax

In a relaxed atmosphere, Birthe explains what mindfulness is in a clear and easy to understand way. Combined with the exercises provided, I found this was an excellent introduction to mindfulness.

Saskia

Mindfulness

I have once more learned to pay attention to my body through the caring and calm approach of Birthe. Every week I reconnect with myself again, wonderful.

José

Yin Yoga

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