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Testimonials

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On meeting Usha, you will be immediately struck by her joyous warmth and radiance.
A compassionate, highly attuned and professional practitioner, Usha helped guide me through a complicated phase in my life. You will undoubtedly feel uplifted by being in her company and experience a deeper sense of wellbeing.

Alison, 2018

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Meditation course – help with interview nerves

Despite multiple attempts at the promotion process in recent years, nerves and anxiety both before and during the process had resulted in a lack of success.

In 2018, I undertook a series of meditation sessions with Usha over a four week period. Each session explored a different style of meditation and I was struck by the subtle differences that each individual meditation exercise had.

Helped by the post-meditation discussions that were held after each session, I could identify where each style could be incorporated to assist me in both my work life and at home.In the lead-up to the last promotion process, I managed any increase in my stress and anxiety levels by using the various techniques Usha had taught. These helped me to maintain confidence and focus during my preparation. Whereas in previous years, I had spent the hour before the interview manically going over my preparation materials, I spent the time leading up to this year’s board in a quiet room, focusing on meditation. The left me feeling calm, gathered and in a perfect frame of mind to sit in front of the panel.

The ability to conquer the fear and anxiety that I had previously suffered from during interviews has been a major factor in my success in this year’s promotion process.

I continue to use meditation on a regular basis to manage the day-to-day stresses that work and life bring.

Further to the testimonial above, can I take this opportunity to thank you once more for the amazing gift you’ve imparted!! I’m eternally grateful!

Paul, Police Officer 2018

 

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Meditation course – help with anxiety and stress

Prior to attending Usha’s meditation course, I felt that everything was getting on top of me. There weren’t enough hours in the day to cope with life at home and at work. My mind just wouldn’t switch off!! After just four sessions, I can honestly say that I feel the benefits already. The different techniques, that Usha has taught me, give me the ability to take ‘time out’ and to feel more relaxed and positive, when I feel that things are getting too much. Usha has a very natural and spiritual aura, about her, that really releases a calming influence in the meditation practices – so I wasn’t surprised that I felt such a benefit after only four sessions. Her ability to explain why certain feelings and thoughts occur, during meditation, really helps you to understand how your mind and body react. Thank you Usha.

Michele, Justice Officer, 2018

I have recently returned to work after being off work with anxiety/depression. As part of my recovery I was told to try meditation, which I have been doing, but it was good to see meditation being offered at work.  The sessions were a ray of calming light in a hectic working week, and with the added stress of returning to work as well. The sessions were just the right amount of length in time, and the technique was explained at the beginning of the session. What I found was very good was that Usha voice was the right pitch for the talking parts. I could get into the session and in fact in my first session had to fight falling asleep as I was so tired and relaxed.

The difference for me was knowing that I had the session towards the end of the week that gave me a chance to rebalance, and revive for the rest of the week. It is an experience of self-awareness, of being kind to oneself and others with whom I work with.

I try and incorporate in my day the breathing which grounds me and puts things into perspective and helping with clarity of what tasks are more important than others.  I integrate meditation at home in the evening which allows me to be calmer and helps to enable a better night’s sleep, rather than lying awake worrying.

Thank you for the chance to be part of this.

Helen, Finance Officer 2018

 

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I have been suffering from Workplace induced Stress and Anxiety and am receiving treatment via work and my GP for my anxiety issues which were really starting to affect my work and personal life. I found Usha’s meditation sessions very beneficial, not just as a quiet time away but also as something I can implement in my work life, and also my home life.

The breathing techniques she taught me have been very beneficial and I find myself breathing in blue light and out red ALOT at work! And the visualisation meditation is helping me figure out what is causing my anxiety. I have also found myself being a lot calmer and more focused after a session.

I really hope you will be able to continue your meditation sessions and I that they don’t prove so popular that I can no longer get a space!!

Thank you for the chance to be part of this.

Emma HJ, Laboratory Officer, 2018

 

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I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the meditation sessions Usha ran recently. I have not attended such a course before so didn’t know quite what to expect.
I found the sessions very relaxing and the fact that they were at lunchtime it was a nice way to break up the day and get a bit of space away from work to completely switch off. This was really beneficial and I felt refreshed and motivated when I did go back to work.

My aim for coming on the course was to find a coping mechanism for dealing with stress and to find a way of being able to switch off a busy mind when needed, I found the different techniques very useful and have started to introduce these into my life.

I personally would really like to continue participating in these courses and have really felt the benefit of doing so in just a few weeks, I feel that having something like this available to all on a regular basis would help in this ever challenging work environment and help to restore a bit of balance where needed.

Liz, Trainer and Quality Officer, 2018

 

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Meditation course – return to calm

Usha has a wonderful calming manner, setting everyone up for that week’s meditation session. With clear, calm instructions Usha took us through four quite distinct meditation styles describing precisely what we should do. I can honestly say that I did not really understand what meditation was about, but quickly became aware of a calm, lightness of spirit which each of the meditations left me with.

There were some amazing physical benefits I derived from the sessions, aching muscles from morning gym sessions faded away, a long term knot of muscle in my back untied itself and hasn’t returned. The general benefit of feeling completely relaxed and at ease should not be underestimated too.

Each session ended with a short round up where the participants were asked to describe their experience during meditation. The commonality of response was quite remarkable. Some people had quite strong reactions to the sessions which Usha talked through and explained. We all went away feeling much better than when we arrived.

I would not hesitate to recommend Usha for her meditation leadership skills – I would genuinely love to continue with her guidance.

David, ICT Manager, 2018

 

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When I first heard about the meditation sessions Usha was running I thought they would be a great way to help me relax and relieve stress. I have attended four sessions and after all of them I felt very relaxed and calm, and I found the last one session in particular to be of the most benefit. I felt incredibly relaxed afterwards and much calmer than I have felt in a long time and I am still feeling the effects of it to date.  I liked this session so much that I have signed up to do four more! Usha has a very calming voice and she is so lovely that you really get into the sessions which takes you out of yourself.

Thanks so much Usha and I am looking forward to next sessions.

Mary, Justice Officer, 2018

Let me start by saying a little about me. I am ‘the sensible one’, every group of friends has one, that’s me, some would say too sensible. A believer in science, the tangible that can be explained, verified and analysed, I am not usually one for a holistic, homeopathic or ‘alternative’ approach to anything. A bona fide sceptic.

So when the opportunity to try meditation came up, I thought I would challenge myself and give it a go. I am so glad I did.

The sessions gave the opportunity to focus completely on yourself, which is something there is never enough time for in our busy lives. Teaching techniques for relaxation, self-reflection and stress relief, the four sessions explored different meditation methods, so there was something for everyone, everyone found their niche.

I left the sessions feeling so much ‘lighter’ than when I went in, situations that had been stressful before seemed more positive or manageable, and honestly, just sitting quietly in an otherwise hectic day was nice!

Can I explain it? No. Was I expecting it? Definitely not. Would I recommend it? Absolutely.

Melanie, Justice Officer, 2018

 

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I have to admit I was sceptical when I attended the first taster session with Usha but that soon changed due to her very calming manner. This was a great introduction to meditation as I suffer from anxiety. The sessions have helped me with simple methods of staying calm and managing negative thoughts. It is also helping with my concentration. I left each session feeling relaxed and ready to cope with the rest of the day. Thank you Usha for your help.

Marcia, Finance Officer, 2018

I have greatly appreciated the opportunity afforded to me by my organisation in attending the meditation classes – so brilliantly delivered by Usha – particularly at a time when I have been experiencing high stress and anxiety levels. These classes have helped improve my mind-set and given me a useful tool enabling me to cope with and put a different perspective on situations that previously I felt were overwhelming. In short it has restored some equilibrium to my work/life balance and I feel stronger for it.

I look forward to the sessions each week, not least, because the wonderful aura that Usha radiates fills me with an inner calm and peace.  Thank you for that Usha, immensely grateful for what you have taught me.

Karen, Justice Officer, 2018

 

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I found Usha’s meditation session interesting and she led it really well. It felt a bit tricky being the only man and I would welcome men-only sessions too. It is a bit early for me to say whether I have derived any real benefits from the session but it has helped me understand what is involved and I would certainly be interested to attend further sessions to better grasp the techniques involved. Thanks for having the courage to take this on.

Paul DT, Chief Executive, 2018

Coaching

The coaching progress has helped me clarify my ideas and strategies in understanding my strengths and weaknesses. It has also enabled me to reflect which is something I find hard to do on my own. In addition Usha’s experiences and questioning process has enabled me to consider options I was previously unaware of. I am still in a transitional growth stage of my business but have learnt a lot of tools to take forward.

Jo Hodson

Usha helped me to organise myself and my business in a way that gave me motivation and inspiration to take steps. Our conversations were structured, inspiring and purposeful. As a result, I always had a clear plan to follow, which took me a little out of my comfort zone but was 100% manageable. The actions helped me take small steps and kick-start things. I felt overwhelmed by all the ideas and requirements of running my business. Usha’s knowledge of running a small business was apparent as she asked me to complete activities that gave me a better insight into running my business. All in all, I have profited a lot from sessions and am very grateful to Usha for keeping me on track.

Zsofia Kocsardi

Retreats and residential stays

My husband and I had a wonderful time while staying with Usha. She couldn’t have made us feel more welcome.

Greet, New Zealand

Extremely knowledgeable, courteous, and helpful. Helped make my experience richer. Recommended.

Ofer, Florida

I think we struck lucky staying with Usha, she went out of her way to be helpful and generous. Definitely recommended!

Paul, UK

I really enjoyed staying in Usha’s pretty home and quiet area. I loved the talks with her and would definitely recommend staying here.

Nika, Germany

Usha is a very nice and everything is excellent.

Mohamed, Dubai

I have stayed at Usha’s house for 4 weeks and it has been a great experience. Her house is always in an impeccable state, it is a very confortable house to be in, but the most important part of it is that you feel as if you were visiting a friend of a friend. Usha is a very kind host and she does a lot to make you feel at home. I fully recommend people to stay with her. You will enjoy the company, the house and the surroundings.

David, UK

I only have one word to describe my experience with Usha; EXCELLENT. She´s an adorable host and offers a great atmosphere.

Felix, Barcelona

Usha is such a wonderful, kind, and friendly person. I couldn’t be happier with my stay here. I truly recommend this.

Mana, Ottawa

Both Usha and her home are lovely. Would definitely recommend to others!

Kacy, Columbia

Usha is a very pleasant and we had a nice time getting to know her, she was very helpful.

Ken, California

I had the best night sleep in this very comfortable and immaculate accommodation. Usha is an excellent host and made me feel very welcome into her home. Everything went very well without a glitch.

Jeanne

Usha was wonderful! She went out of her way to help us and she has a very inviting place to stay. Overall this was a fantastic first experience, we really got lucky!

Maria, Seattle

Recomendamos hospedarcen en esta habitacion es un ambiente muy tranquilo y Usha es una mujer encantadora, nos colaboro con informacion para miùovilizarnos mejor en la ciudad. Nosotros volveriamos a quedarnos alli.

Jenny, Columbia