Breathing Being seeks to learn from, and work with, leading professionals. We are keen to discover what works for individuals, trying new approaches and encouraging research into the efficiency of treatments.

Our approach is a collaborative one – based on our experience of the benefits and value we have seen in working with other professionals and treatment providers to offer the best support to clients and to promote the exchange and development of ideas.

Breathing Being is pleased to work with key practitioners to offer a wealth of experience.  





Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind.

Heather Mason develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies and an ongoing MSc in Neuroscience. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding.

Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices. Heather also trained with the Boston Trauma Center in yoga therapy for trauma and has twice lectured with the team on the neurobiology of trauma.

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Dr Lorna Rixon

Consultant Psychologist

Lorna has spent most of her career working to improve quality of life in those with long term chronic health conditions. She works clinically and academically, as well as providing consultancy and supervision services in the management of chronic health conditions.

Lorna’s empathic and client centred approach allows her to work with clients to formulate the most appropriate treatment plan to suit the needs of the individual client and support them in achieving their future goals. Working with chronic pain patients, she is able to utilise a range of techniques from cognitive, acceptance and compassion based treatments to support people in achieving improved physical and psychological function.



Dr Robin Monro is a Yoga Therapist and Director of the Yoga Biomedical Trust.

For thirteen years he worked as a research scientist in molecular biology, alongside Nobel Prize-winning scientists including Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins who, together with James Watson and Rosalind Franklin, solved one of the most important of all biological riddles – the double helix structure of DNA. Robin turned his back on this, despite being at the height of a successful career, in order to explore broader dimensions of science.  He decided to focus on yoga therapy, as a route for broadening science, following the cure of his asthma by yoga. He researched this new interest widely, studying yoga therapy with some of the world’s foremost yoga therapy masters. In 1983 he founded the Yoga Biomedical Trust and he went on to found and direct the first UK Yoga Therapy Diploma Course.

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Dr Thomas E Smith MBBS(Hons) MD FRCA FFPMRCA

Consultant Pain Medicine

Dr Smith is a highly skilled and experienced Pain Consultant. He has worked in world leading centres in the UK, Germany, the USA and Australia. His special interests include spinal pain, neuropathic pain (nerve pain), headache and facial pain, and CRPS. He is an expert in highly specialised pain interventional procedures and surgical neuromodulation (spinal cord and nerve stimulation) as well as the best use of pain medicines.

He is passionate about improving chronic pain treatment options and he has an impressive clinical research background. He believes a multidisciplinary, holistic approach to complex pain problems, valuing the role of pain psychologists and physical therapists, achieves the best outcomes for patients.

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patricia-dinsmore Uma Dinsmore-Tuli PhD

After completing the Yoga Biomedical Trust Diploma in Yoga Therapy in 1999, Uma has continued to find the fully integrated approach of yoga therapy to be the most practical route to the healing power of yoga. She further trained in Structural Yoga Therapy and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy with Mukunda Stiles, and works as a yoga therapist with special expertise in women’s health. Uma has a PhD in Communications and is a recognised teacher of the British Wheel of Yoga. She has been a training tutor in Yoga Therapy since 2001 and also teaches British Wheel of Yoga in-service training days.  As a mother of three, she has been both personally and professionally engaged with the development of pregnancy yoga, yoga for birth and postnatal recovery, and family yoga, and has been training teachers in this field since 2002, when she first tutored for the Birthlight Trust.

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