The willow tree can survive any storm as its roots run deep.

Despite its delicate appearance it has a strong tenacity for life. Prized by the ancient Greeks and Chinese, the willow tree possesses legendary powers.

This tree is strong while being highly adaptable, stable and yet elastic, resilient and also free flowing – all qualities we look for in our body for good movement.

Like a waterfall, with its pouring branches, the willow invites us to a place of peace and tranquility. Similarly in the practice of Yoga, Pilates and holistic movement we may find refuge from life’s demands and a greater contact with our felt sense and our kinesthetic intelligence.


Stephanie Ross-Russel, Yoga and PilatesStephanie Ross-Russell 2012 | Photo: Sandra Campos
Greetings and welcome to Movement for Living Well

Once upon a time Anglo-Portuguese Stephanie was a professional dancer in London and has been a mover all of her life. Fascinated by people generally, their health, the way they live, their bodies and their movement, what gets her out of bed in the morning is a desire to understand more and empower her students to move well, feel well and live well.

A devoted teacher for over 20 years specializing in Pilates & Yoga she is also a certified Slings Myofascial Training® Practitioner, based on Tomas Myers Anatomy Trains® body map.

This movement concept has found its way into all of Stephanie’s teaching as her study and practice of the Slings has completely changed her view of the body and given her a much deeper understanding of the effects of movement on the body.

Slings unique fascia focused movement concept is designed to provide better balance and efficiency in our myofascia through movement. Said differently it is structural integration through movement by strengthening the body’s postural balance, enhancing resilience and body awareness, improving movement efficiency and activating the body’s own self healing ability.

Stephanie is currently the only qualified Slings Myofascial Training® Practitioner in the UK and has recently qualified as an international educator for Slings Myofascial Training with Art of Motion (the birth place of Slings) as well as Anatomy Trains in Motion for Anatomy Trains®.

Her other lifelong devotion is to her triplet teenage boys whom she raises with her husband in Oxford, UK. Together with her husband she runs a small fully equipped Pilates & Yoga movement studio as well as running several group classes in Yoga, Pilates & Slings from The Top Room at The Oxford Playhouse.



A space where you can devote some quality time to safely and consciously connect with your breath and your body through the movement disciplines of Yoga & Pilates.

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    Equipment supports the body offering the muscles and levers a different relationship to gravity.

    Yoga let you be your most vital and intelligent self on the mat and disengaged from the ruminating of the mind.


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