About Me

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A quiet rebel

I grew up with three siblings – the children of parents who emigrated to the UK in the 50’s and 60’s. I remember sometimes feeling different and “other” from my friends because of my ethnicity; I never felt that I fitted in.

Sharing this sense of alienation with my siblings, we grew up very close. Bonded by our “otherness,” we had fun and adventures together. But when I was 13 my brother committed suicide, and we were left devastated. Shortly after that my parents divorced. Everything I thought I could count on had evaporated.

These two experiences made me a passionate believer in the importance of good mental health, and a fierce defender of those who don’t fit neat societal norms.

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Living the life unexpected

By the time I reached my early 40s I had become one of a growing band of single, childless women. I had created a good corporate career in pharmacy, working on therapies to help people with rare diseases, but I had let my career consume my time and I realised that my hope of meeting someone special, to settle down and have a family, was not going to happen. I tried fertility treatment on my own but, when I realised that my only option was to go abroad and use donor eggs, I decided to draw the curtains on my dream.

I was an emotional wreck. I had lost interest in everything I used to enjoy and had no motivation to do anything. I found it difficult to picture how my life would look moving forward, or to imagine a different future. During these dark days I found an organisation called Gateway Women, which provides support to women childless by circumstance, and I joined a year-long mentorship program with the founder, Jody Day.

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Rediscovering my love of coaching and mentoring

This experience helped me recover emotionally and when I was strong enough, I found an empathetic coach to help me create a new plan. Working with her, I was reminded of the joy I had always experienced at work when I coached and mentored my team. I decided to enrol on a Masters in Coaching and Mentoring. I wanted to do for other childless women what my coach and Gateway Women had done for me – help them regain their confidence and motivation and find their path forward.

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Yoga for grief

I discovered yoga 14 years ago and immediately fell in love with the way yoga connects body and mind. Wanting to pass these benefits on to others, I trained as a yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga. When I was coming to terms with childlessness, I took further training in Therapeutic Yoga, and Yin Yoga. The yoga and meditation practice I created to help me through the physical and emotional consequences of my grief became the foundation of my rejuvenating retreats for women without children, and my private yoga classes.

It would be my great privilege and pleasure to use these experiences and skills to work with you, helping you not only cope with your childlessness, but create a joyous present and future.

Sophia Andeh, Yoga Teacher, Meditation Teacher, and Life Coach

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It would be my great privilege and pleasure to use my experiences and skills to work with you, helping you not only cope with your childlessness, but create a joyous present and future.

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