""Earlier in my life I had done yoga and loved it. Now I am older I have some arthritis in my joints. Two years ago I had a hip replacement and I mentioned this when I contacted you in regard to joining your yoga class in my village. You helpfully advised me to wait until you started teaching restorative yoga which I did. I also have lower back pain occasionally and my joints are quite stiff! My only exercise is walking my dogs and Nordic Walking both of which I love. My only reservation is that I might dislocate my hip but you reassured me beforehand that I could do it.
Restorative Yoga has proved to be as good as I thought it would be. It is calming and stress reducing but also wonderful to stretch my body into a position and hold it for a length of time; something I was unaware I could do. You always check I am comfortable and If I am at all uncomfortable you gently adjust the props or my body into a better position. Even though I am retired I am quite a busy person and I am naturally rather talkative! It has done me good to be quiet and relax in beautiful surroundings with calming music. I enjoy all aspects of restorative yoga but I think I love the stretching best. I feel safe doing it with the props for support and your encouragement." Helen, Radwinter, 2018
"I had broken my foot and with problems with subsequent ligament damage had stopped all exercise except walking the dog. Spending too much time on the internet and the sofa feeling sorry for myself. My reservations were that it would be too much just lying about and bit too new age hippy. You have shown me to take time in a relaxing environment where it's ok to let your mind run while focusing on stretches that both relax and energise different parts of your body. Then your mind does catch up and relax as well as your muscles. You are welcoming compassionate and funny. Just what my Friday mornings needed. I am finding it much easier to relax and enjoy aspects of my life by the classes you teach. The osteopath said whatever you are doing at restorative yoga in line with the exercises I have set keep it up as your back and legs are much improved." Lisa, Gt Chesterford, 2018
"Before I started your yoga teaching I was very stressed with grief which was triggering anxiety and although I exercised I had never thought of combining meditation which is fantastic. I had no reservations about working with you personally but my reservation was if the yoga wasn’t challenging and varied enough. Working with you has been insightful, supportive and invigorating. I’ve learnt a lot and look forward to learning more. I find your teaching style reassuring, kind but professional, knowledgable and with new insights each time. I’m so much fitter and able to take time for exercise that is also time for my mind." Steph, Radwinter, 2018
"I first met Andy Nathan back at the start of 2016. At that time, I was suffering considerably from complex PTSD. I was constantly stressed, anxious and plagued by a very poor and disturbed sleep pattern. Day after day I was haunted by images of traumatic incidents that I’d attended whilst working as a Police Officer. On my GP’s recommendation I looked to yoga as a way of aiding my recovery.
It was at Andy's first class when I knew that his method of teaching was exactly what I’d been searching for in my yoga practice. He was simply amazing and introduced me to one of the best Jivamukti classes I’ve ever experienced. In a nutshell, it was simply awesome, and I had absolutely no reservations from that moment on that we would be able to work together. I knew that he would be able to assist me to find the physical and mental wellbeing I wished to achieve. I just felt so completely at ease, safe and relaxed in his company. His practices are strong and focussed and each time I attend I improve just that little bit further but each session is always rounded off with a most restful and calming Savasana.
His restorative classes incorporating pranayama further equipped me with a set of techniques I could utilise to control and alter my breathing. These have since enabled me to control my breath during moments of high anxiety, alleviate some of my other symptoms of PTSD and go some way to aiding a more restful nights sleep." Jane, Saffron Walden, 2018
"As an older woman, before joining Andy’s Gentle Yoga classes I had not participated in very much physical activity apart from daily walks. I had always wanted to try yoga classes and when I saw his advertisement thought the time is right and I have not been disappointed. Andy takes into account any stiffness of joints or injuries and he works with you to ease you into yoga poses. At first I was nervous but was soon put at ease by his knowledge of my physical limitations and now we can laugh together at my progress and I enjoy his classes very much. After the physical side of the classes the relaxation sets me up for the rest of the day and I am all the better for it." Faye, Radwinter, 2018
"I spend most of my work time sitting in front of a computer and had occasional tightness in my shoulders and back. I am also a regular runner and do races from 5km to marathons. I run mainly for the enjoyment of being outside and the simplicity and sensation of traveling under my own steam. I like to set myself targets for improving my personal best times. As with most runners I have had injury problems with sore knees and ankles especially when trying to increase speed and weekly distance which stopped me just when I was starting to improve. My main problem was tight IT bands. I have worked on changing my running gait, in particular switching to minimal support shoes to allow a bare foot style and taking short steps. This allowed me to run much more without injury but I still had tight hamstrings and calves which I tried to keep in check with regular foam rolling.
I enjoy the calmness and good humour of the sessions. It is an opportunity to stop thinking about the stresses of work and family life and focus on just being, and being thankful. I find the movements and positions fun to do and I enjoy the kinesthetics of repeating them, trying to do them better each time. The instructions are clear. The ethos is low pressure, encouraging, but no stress if you find it hard. It is often hard work and challenging but at a level I can cope with after a day at work. I always leave feeling better, more flexible and ache free, if sometimes a little muscle sore from the workout.
The sessions make it clear where I have muscle tightness or weakness so I know what I need to work on. This has helped me stay injury free when increasing my weekly running distance. I’ve achieved several personal best times since starting yoga including my long term goal of running a sub 3 hour marathon." Iain, Saffron Walden, 2018
"I’d previously had limited experience of different forms of yoga and none combining yoga with chanting. Wow was I in for a treat! The whole experience of Andy’s session on the retreat in Koh Samui was incredible. The ambiance created by the music, voice and movement made me feel overwhelmingly in tune with my heart. The chanting helped me to release unwanted energy and ignited a sense of oneness within. Andy’s session was an incredible experience, one which I’d truely recommend. Since the session with Andy I’ve listened to and sung along with chants everyday on my way to work- starts my day on a real high! :) A 5 star experience... totally recommended for all! Katie, Reading 2018
"I attended Andy's event called cultivating meditation: a "how to" class last weekend. It was amazing, as a complete newbie to the whole world of mindfulness/yoga/meditation I was anxious yet excited to try it out!
As soon as I arrived Andy made me and the other members of the class feel totally at ease and welcome. Andy showed us a variety of ways sit comfortably so we were ready for him to guide us through a selection of different types of meditation. At first I was nervous and struggled to let go, this was because the first type was a mantra meditation and I have never chanted in my life! After a few minutes I was relaxed and ready to join in, it was incredible! During and after each type of meditation Andy help us all explore our minds and observe everything that was going on in and around us. By the time the session had ended my mind was refreshed, relaxed. I now practice (nearly) everyday even if its just for 5 minutes, meditation is one of the best things I have ever explored in my life. I 100% recommend his classes. Cant wait to go back :D. Thanks Andy" . Ed, Thaxted, 2018.
"Before I started yoga with Andy I was suffering from big phases of anxiety followed by immense panic attacks, feeling uneasy in group situations, having a sense of waning confidence in physical fitness (due to plate fitted following a broken wrist in Feb/ plus serious sprains to foot in June) and being too introspective which prevented me from recognising feelings without becoming caught up in them. The wording in your add gave me positive vibes that you strongly set yourself to “serve” others rather than intimating that you have reach a place/level that we could only aspire to. The learning curve is not too steep as you are receptive and attentive to people situation, their level of fitness, physical abilities including any restrictions (demystifying notion that Yoga is only for “a certain type”). Your humour, interpersonal skills and endearing self-deprecation over your own ability/suppleness in certain poses is reassuring to us and make us less concerned about our own shortfalls. Your passion and knowledge of the discipline becomes contagious in making me want to understand the dichotomy of the physical and mental approach in yoga. Your approach has made me respectful of Yoga as I have better comprehended the discipline. The best result for me has been an improvement in posture and empowerment to breath so as to develop the ability to derail the devastating aspects of my anxiety and panic attacks, feeling better “anchored” through realising how much mindfulness changes your life." Violette, Saffron Walden, 2018
"Before starting Yoga I was feeling very uptight generally. Although I’m very good at stretching post running, it wasn’t quite doing the job! Also, I wasn’t giving my body and brain enough ‘relaxation time’. I felt apprehensive that I would be too inflexible to practice Yoga. The process of Working with Andy has been liberating. He has already taught me the it’s fine to be wherever I am at, it doesn’t matter that I need lots of blocks due to tight hamstrings! It has been very interesting to work with the principle of creating space for a movement, one which I have already carried over successfully to my running training. The best results, so far from working with Andy are; learning to be more present in the moment. Being in tune with my body and more in control of my breathing. The deep stretching on a Monday after a long Sunday run is heavenly! I’m so excited about adding these regular yoga sessions to my training - long over due!" Vashti, Haverhill, 2018
"Before starting our meditation sessions I wasn’t really making time for a sitting practice, I had a walking meditation practice only as I felt that was all I could fit in and I suppose I hadn’t really seen the need for more at that point. My only reservation was that I wouldn’t find time for my own practice... oh and that working 1 to 1 might expose my vulnerable side! It has been a process of learning and growth, I’ve really appreciated the one to one experience- you’ve created an atmosphere of trust, compassion & respect Andy and it has been a priviledge to sit with you. I’ve really felt your support and learned to tap into a sense of my ‘true self’. " Jo, Yoga Teacher, Suffolk, 2018
"I Started with Kari's beginners course and various yoga open/flow classes but no experience of Jivamukti yoga before working with you, so was unsure what to expect. No major reservations other than unsure as what to expect in a Jivamukti class, but your open and positive engagement right from the beginning when I introduced myself put my mind at rest. The first class was really interesting as you we completed most of the class with our eyes closed. I really enjoy your approach. You have a very calming nature, and whilst I am not an overly spiritual person I do gain value from the chanting/discussion at the beginning of the class, as it causes me to take time and reflect. Which is no bad thing. Thank you. The one takeaway? Recognition that yoga is much more than a series of postures. " Ian, Sawston, 2017
"Before I started yoga with you I took very little time to stop, breathe and relax and was always on the go and didn’t afford myself much time to chill. The only reservations were that I hadn’t done any yoga for over 7/8years and was out of practice and that I find it difficult to slow down more often choosing intense workouts or exercise as a release. It’s been a great balance for me in both one to one sessions and group. You have helped me calm and breath and I like that you’re to the point about what you can do and how we can work together to achieve what I want from our practice. The one best result? Balance - physically and mentally." Jemma, Saffron Walden, 2017
"Coming to your classes... it has been a process of personal growth and has expanded my circle of yoga friends and opened up the way to more experiences. I have gained both physical strength and inner strength. I love Jivamukti Yoga now! You have helped me to gain confidence and to look at the way I teach and it has changed the way I think and act. I think the best result is the confidence you have given me. I never thought I would ever be able to do strong asana and working with you has given me the confidence to have a go. I have let go of a lot of ‘negativity’ in the process." Deb, Huntingdon, 2017
"I love coming to your classes and they have taught me that breathing the right way is really important. Since you taught me how to breathe properly (although I don’t always get it right) I have had less anxious moments and really find it helps me with getting to sleep etc." Carolyn, Saffron Walden, 2017
"Simply put, you put me back in my body. I breathe and you ground me. Huge stress relief at a very difficult time in my life." Clare, Newport, 2017
"Fantastic practice by Andy, full of fun, positive energy, chanting, meditation, spirituality and more... highly recommended." Asia, Cambridge, 2017
"Andy's classes always help make space for me to connect back to myself. The lightness and peaceful feeling I get after classes is amazing always." Ying, Cambridge, 2017
"I had the pleasure of attending a mindfulness meditation class with Andy at The Waterfront Yoga Festival in Buckden. What a treat, I've been practising yoga for a while, but meditation has always been a challenge for me. Andy's voice is so soothing (please record yourself reading bedtime stories Andy, I IMPLORE you!) and he was really able to simplify and break down the key elements of mindfulness into manageable chunks! I left feeling rejuvenated and psyched to try this take on meditation myself! Thank you Andy!" Rebecca, Cambridge, 2017
"Andy your class was fantastic, as it was spiritual and yet funky which you injected with your warm, fun personality and great music (I loved each track) and a great vibe. I loved that you explained Lokah Samastah to us and chanted. The asanas and breathing were well instructed and what I really loved was that you made it fun and I felt at total peace" . Debi - Yoga Garden Party, 2017
"I've known Andy for a few years, he has a wonderful kindness to students, a great sense of humour and a genuine care for all beings. Andy has a true talent for kirtan. He has led some great heart felt kirtan chants in his classes." Ann, Cambridge, 2017
"Andy is simply inspirational. Just had a free online meditation session and feeling very energised and enlightened. Through 'softening' and using simple physical cues, I could quickly access a place of calmness and relaxation. Andy's benevolence comes across in his voice making the guidance even more powerful. He is truly a compassionate and knowledgeable teacher as well as a gifted healer - I feel uplifted and positive after only 15 minutes and am excited to share these wonderful techniques with my friends and the children I teach. Thanks you Andy! Love and Light :-) x" Siodhna, London, 2017
"I love Andy's classes. Each class is different and each month we work on different themes, aimed to improve us both physically and spiritually. He makes us work hard, but we have fun too. My yoga practice has improved so much under Andy's guidance. He's the best Yogi I've ever worked with." Darren, Cambridge, 2017
"Andy has a strong yet graceful presence and always enjoy his passion and insights during yoga. Thank you 👌🏼" Jenny, Cambridge, 2017
"Love the group vibe and spirit of Andy's lovely Yoga and Kirtan classes. Andy's cultivates an atmosphere of fun and deep enquiry that I totally enjoy. A great connection exists amongst everyone at his classes and I would recommend them to all. Gratitude and love Andy... Shine brightly" John, Hitchin, 2017
"Andy's classes and workshops are filled with his deep knowledge of yoga. However, Andy's great sense of humour and down-to-earth approach makes this knowledge accessible and absorbable. Highly recommended for the seasoned yogi and beginner alike ✨🙏🏻✨" . Amanda, Haverhill, 2017
"Did a class with Andy at Yoga Connects festival this year. Such an uplifting and joyful experience! The class was well put together, the soundtrack was right up my street and Andy added some much needed humour to the practice! As always with Jiva, lots of singing and chanting at the end. Highly recommend!" Lyndsey, Wales, 2017
"Thank you for the breathing exercises we did in Mondays class. I had a headache during the class that I'd had since Sunday night and by the end of the class it was gone 😊. They also really helped me yesterday with an intense day and work and very frustrating drive! Consciously breathing and being aware of the three stages makes such a difference!! " - Mary, Saffron Walden, Essex . 2017
"Being Content workshop at Great Chesterford. Andy that was a wonderful work shop. Thank you. Thank you. I have taken so much great stuff from it. I particularly liked the gratitude part. And The magic 10 will be great to use." - Nikki, Saffron Walden, Essex, 2016
"Excellent way of being in the moment and to release some tension, specially in the shoulders" . Ana, Cambridge, 2016
"I take Andy's classes regularly at CamYoga and recently attended his Cultivating Gratitude workshop in Great Chesterford. I truly enjoy his classes. He is compassionate yet will challenge you to show up to your best. His soundtracks are always great and he spends a lot of time prepping for his classes, which are always meaningful. He is incredibly committed to his teaching and to his students. Thanks for being fantastic, Andy!" - Jessica, Cambridge, 2016
"Gorgeous, thoughtful classes. With the special treat of massage in savasana! X" - Zoe, Ely, 2016
"I’ve had one of my best Jivamukti classes with Andy. He’s a beautiful, inspiring human being; his love for yoga and for life transpire into his teachings. I’m very grateful to have met him. Namaste" - Laura - Ely, 2016
"Andy teaches with passion and from the heart. Be prepared to work hard, in return you will get plenty of encouragement and a great sound track! I particularly like Andy’s choice of Mantras and he is great at hands on assists. You couldn’t ask for a better teacher." - Stephanie - Bury St Edmunds, 2016
"Andy is a compassionate and motivated Jivamukti yoga teacher. He is patient and kind and takes time to help and explain things clearly. I attend his regular classes and recently have attended his workshop on Cultivating Gratitude which was even more inspiring. I thoroughly recommend him as a teacher, you will not be disappointed! Namaste." - Debra - St Ives, 2016
"Love Andy's style of teaching, he has such a peaceful vibe, felt very relaxed but focussed and strong at the same time after his class, I enjoyed the massage also!!!" - Marta, Ely, 2016