Astrid Bunne Namdari
I grew up in a small town in the Northeast of Sweden with the forests and wild outdoors literally on my doorstep. During my teenage years I satisfied my curiosity of the inner and outer world by reading up on psychology, biology, nutrition, current affairs, politics, and more. I was fortunate enough to be able to travel extensively at a young age and as I encountered various and diverse cultures I became more and more interested in what makes people who they are – so uniquely different, yet so universally connected. I have always been physically active and fascinated by the human body. Instead of going down the medical route of study and follow in the footsteps of my parents I decided to study Psychology at the University of Edinburgh as I was more interested in the power of the mind. Ironically I was disappointed that the body seemed almost obsolete in my academic studies. In my view the mind and body are inseparable. Participating in an improvised dance workshop during this time I discovered the expressiveness of me as a fully ‘embodied being’ and the positive impact this had on my mood and well-being. It opened new and creative ways to explore the interconnectedness of my holistic body.
This was the starting point of further research and studies in psychosomatic approaches to health and wellbeing. I underwent a training in Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy & Education alongside a Shiatsu diploma. Four years later I started Mindinsoma, my own business as a Shiatsu and Somatic movement therapist & educator in Bristol, UK. Through my practice I have continued to learn and wonder about who we are as human beings and how we can bring out the best in us through a creative and empowering educational approach. My journey has now taken me to beautiful New Zealand and Rotorua where I live with my husband.
My place of origin will always ensure I am in close affinity to nature for coming alive to my senses and enjoy the richness of life and I couldn’t be in a better country for this connection. It is a daily reminder of my place in the world and being physically active and connected to nature means I stop to reflect and allow myself to just be. I am a real people-person and love spending time with others which helps me to learn about my place in life and relationships. My faith and spiritual practice has over the past years placed me at the heart of engaging and collaborative community-building activities – an arena where I continually learn to appreciate the unity and beauty one finds in diversity and the growth that comes from simple acts of service.
Psychology MA (Hons), Edinburgh University, UK
Diploma in Shiatsu, Edinburgh Shiatsu School Y1-2 & Bristol Shiatsu School Y3
Diploma in Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy, Institute for Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy (IBMT), UK
Counselling Certificate, level 4, Network Counselling & Training, Bristol, UK
Multicultural Wellness Education Training, Capacitar International, UK
Movement Shiatsu workshop series, SEED, UK
Astrid registered as a MRSS practitioner with the British Shiatsu Society and is a registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator (RSMT/E) with ISMETA – International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association, both of whose Codes of Conduct and Ethics she adheres to.