Hi, I'm Vibha, born and raised in London by my Indian parents, and living in Sussex for over twenty years.
I have had a wonderful winding journey with 'work', exploring ways and whys of what is important to me and knowing that I want a lifestyle that I don't need to go on holiday from, and also loving holidays/retreats.
After completing a degree in psychology and working in the field for a few years I travelled for a few more, training in Thai Yoga Massage in Thailand and back in England too. This was also when I decided to move to the sea and am still congratulating myself 21 years on!
Over the years I found being partly self-employed and partly employed was a wonderful way to work. I continued training in Head Massage, Reflexology, and Holistic Massage.
My initial interest in psychology and actually 1:1 work was reignited when I experienced Parkes Inner Child Therapy. I felt that it gave me a sense of connection to life, slowly undoing a numbness, and went on to train as an Inner Child Therapy practioner.
I got married, bought a house, had children, got divorced, and eventually took the children travelling. A different life on return meant moving away from the beloved ocean, inland, and the start of a career as a birth and postnatal doula, even occasionally at the end of life too.
In order to support my relationship with my growing teenagers, I decided to train as a teacher of Mindfulness and Meditation after a 30 year on/off relationship with meditation.
I realise that all my work has been about facilitating our connection with the self as the place from which we thrive, and are best placed to connect with and serve others. This is an ongoing personal inquiry.
I'm quietly and very slowly readying to move back to a sea as my children step into the next phases of their education, so I can meditate on the beach again.
I believe our body, the vehicle for 'Me', for 'I', experiences and oftentimes stores our thoughts and feelings. We are deeply intertwined, mind, body, consciousness, spirit. Often we forget this or expect that some feelings are reflected in the body, and assume that others are not. Working directly on the physical body is one way to connect with the body in the present moment and with what may be deeply stored. In connection, we feel our self alive.
Of course, we may not want to be in connection, oftentimes it is uncomfortable. This is true for us all. So we are choosing all the time. How, how much, how often. At different times we may want different routes to coming home to our self. Mindfulness offers us another route, which we have the choice to access whenever we want.