ShaYLa - Centre for Holistic Health and Improvement 

Sha Y La means Sun and Light in the old Sanskrit language. We used the motto "Sun, Light and Life" in our practice ShaYla, Centre for Holistic Health and Improvement in Burgdorf, Germany. 


I started practicing Ortho-Bionomy in 2012, having my own practice, ShaYLa, together with my colleague, Beate Stein, from 2015 until 2017 when I moved to Ellesmere, Shropshire in order to come back home to England. Our website no longer exists, so I have brought together here some of the activities and the memories from these two years. It should give you a good idea of my ideas and visions for Ortho-Bionomy UK! 



Our Practice Rooms

We opened our practice ShaYLa  in July 2012, inviting people into the warm and welcoming atmosphere. We offered our clients support on the physical as well as the mental and spiritual levels, with psychotherapy, spiritual healing and Ortho-Bionomy all under one roof. In our larger seminar room we offered group therapies in the evenings such as Yoga, Feldenkrais and Fascial training as well as courses, seminars and the Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner training. 





Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner Training

The first course of the 4-5 year training program to become an Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner took place  in Burgdorf in March 2015. I also offered regular practice sessions for the trainees together with experienced practitioners. Another of my colleagues has now taken over the organisation of this training. For more information about the Ortho-Bionomy Practitioner training you can visit the International Society for Ortho-Bionomy's website: or the website of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ortho-Bionomy: One day I am hoping to bring the training to become an Ortho-Bionomy practitioner to Ellesmere.  




Cooperation with Local Artists and Young Musicians

We collaborated with several local artists (Uschi Slotos, Christine Dittmar, Gerd Kittelmann, Brigitte Amelunxen, Gabriele Stuntebeck) displaying their works for a period of 3-4 months in the practice, meeting new people at their opening exhibitions, where local young musicians and dancers accompanied the proceedings. Gabriele provided demonstrations of her special techniques, producing beautiful abstract works of art before our very eyes. 




Conferences, Seminars, Workshops and Presentations

We regularly offered Information Days to promote the practice and also to support younger colleagues and other therapists with whom we worked. We regularly took part in conferences in the area, giving presentations and offering workshops. I also offered demonstrations of Ortho-Bionomy to individual clients and their partners as well as to physiotherapists and care students, several of whom then went on to take part in the practitioner training.