Hello, my name is Samantha,

I work with women to create a healthy lifestyle that is true to themselves and takes them through the menopause and helps them age with attitude.

I am the author of ‘The Menopause Diaries: A practical guide to healthy eating and exercising in your menopausal years’ I wrote this book because I struggled to find any practical information on how to adapt to the changes to eating and exercising that comes with the menopause. I hope that my book will help other women be as healthy as they can at this time in their life.

I teach Hatha Yoga and Pilates classes in Edinburgh and I can also work with you online in the Wise Women Wellbeing Academy or my one to one services.

I have been researching the best types of exercise to participate in when I get into my 70s and 80s (I am a planner!). Hatha Yoga consistently comes out on top as a way to strengthen bones and muscles, improving balance as well as calming a busy head. It is also helps with many menopausal symptoms. When I read that many Hatha Yoga teachers teach well into their 90s, I was sold and started my training. I am not planning to retire, just a gradual reduction of hours!

My interest in wellbeing and weight loss was sparked in my early 30s when maintaining my weight was suddenly not quite as easy as it was in my 20s. Around the same time close family members were prescribed drugs for high blood pressure and cholesterol problems. Like most people, taking medication was something I wanted to avoid. I became interested in the concept of ‘eating yourself healthy’ and how lifestyle affects a person’s health. This curiosity has never left and has evolved to include how we are choosing to age, as we get older. #ageingwithattitude

In 2006 I trained as Pilates teacher and Personal Trainer (You can find my qualifications here), leaving the world of IT behind. While most of my clients successfully lost weight – usually men, a number did not – usually women. This was despite the women following exercise programmes and restricting their calorie intake. The “Eat Less and Exercise More” mantra was not working for everyone. I decided to determine the underlying cause by undertaking further training and research. My curiosity to create a healthy lifestyle, which is unique for everyone, continues to grow.

I enjoy the simple pleasures of life, like coffee and cake at the weekend and rediscovered the joys of reading novels after purchasing a Kindle a few years ago. You can find some of my favourite health books here. While I don’t sit up reading in bed with a torch anymore (need to balance hormones with a good nights sleep!) I still enjoy a good book. Europe is one of my favourite destinations where I enjoy taking life a bit slower while enjoying good food and wine.

I enjoy photography and the advances in technology mean that the quality of phone cameras have improved hugely. I don’t need to carry about my heavy SLR as I always have my phone and I now always have a opportunity to capture anything that catches my eye when I am out and about. You can see some of my photographs on my Instagram feed

What I would like you to know about yoga

I love yoga, but there are also many things that I don’t like about yoga. Like many people I took my first yoga class at my gym over a decade ago to stretch and to increase my flexibility. In 2017 I completed my yoga teacher training which I have blogged about. Hatha...

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Exercise Goals That Are Not Weight Loss or Running

Exercise goals not weight loss or running Goals are a great way to keep exercise interesting and to keep you motivated. Running or losing weight seem to be the most common goals. During the menopause, you may find you have to find a different way of exercising as you...

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A Year of Yoga

This is a year of going deeper into my yoga home practice. Not instagram worthy poses but the neglected poses. The warm ups, transitional and rest poses. The ones that feel awkward and ungainly but I haven’t spent time on working out why. I’m not naturally flexible...

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