Behind the Movement 

We are a collective of dance instructors, yoga trainers, movement teachers, energy coaches, mystic workers and creatives, brought together by a shared fascination with the innate power of feminine energy and the natural world – and how it can be harnessed to help all of us reach our true potential.

 

 

 

 

Alexe Woods, UM Creator, Founder and Instructor

Universal Movement is born out of a desire to support women in achieving a sustainable wellbeing routine. These are not just basic physical goals but also encompass the spiritual and emotional self. This method enables women to align to their own natural rhythms and synchronise with the lunar phases, learning from the astrological narrative of the solar system.

Alexe is committed to establishing an accessible space for women, encouraging us to awaken ourselves, value acceptance, explore our potential and manifest our purpose with a method that is already written in the stars.

Becoming a mother in 2017 allowed for a change of lifestyle and pace for Alexe, from a busy dance studio co-owner, CEO and instructor in London to a small rural village in France with her husband and baby daughter. This fresh perspective, especially on motherhood, inspired Alexe to look inwards. She began to practice daily meditation, restorative Yoga Nidra and Astrology, contemplating the impact of different choices we make on our personal energy.

 

From here, Alexe began to explore the relationship between the female cycle and the lunar cycle, seeking connections within astrology and the chakras. She began to cultivate a practice to optimise movement and insights based on a 28 day cycle and, the astrological rulers of different parts of the body. The system she later developed has drawn on her expertise in movement, her knowledge of the chakras, the moon and as a qualified dance, fitness & yoga instructor. Having completed courses in holistic women’s circles, astrology and moonology, Alexe continues to enrich her practice with her growing knowledge.

After 20+ years experience, Alexe has a solid reputation as an innovator and respected pioneer in the dance and movement industry. Working with brands including Stella McCartney, Adidas, Nike, and Samsung, Alexe has dedicated her professional life to building women's confidence with empowering new fitness routes. Alexe remains a force of nature to this day, as founder and creator of multiple dance entertainment companies.

A sisterhood of artists & creators 

Introducing our magical in-house collective

Our sisterhood of artists, designers and writers personally chosen by Alexe. These beautiful souls are influential and captivating artistic creators, and it's an honour to have them give life to the magic of Universal Movement

Ester Segarra, Instructor (Moon Intentions)

Born and raised in Barcelona, Ester spent many summer nights looking at the stars and wondering about the cosmos beyond. At the turn of the century, she moved to London and forged an award-winning career as a music photographer in the extreme metal genre, “searching for the right moment and the light in the shadows”.

Following a number of deeply affecting personal endurances and spiritual experiences, Ester found a connection to the divine feminine and the cycles of the natural world. In 2019, she was inspired to create Cosmoplanner, an astrology-based productivity planner that follows the moon and Mercury cycles, helping users to live in alignment with the cosmos.

Universal Movement is honoured to have Ester hosting our New Moon intentions - a guidance, honouring the moon as a way of grounding and receiving higher wisdom. 🦉

Athena Wolf, Instructor (Movement and Magic)

Athena has been practicing the witchcraft of flexibility and contortion coaching for over 9 years, focused on creating connection between body and mind to create new spaces and make energy flow.

Her methods involve teaching the splits, dynamic and functional stretching, weight conditioning, backbending and more, which improve abilities for pole fitness moves, general dance and holistic wellbeing.

She describes flexibility training as “one of the most humbling, grounding and empowering practices” she’s encountered to date. 💫

Abbie, Elemental Yoga Instructor (Purple Butterfly) 

Abbie is a Mother to 2 beautiful humans a nature lover and considers she self a yoga witch Using the magic of movement and intention to connect with source to guide me through this human existance. She uses  yoga and her knowledge of the elemental energies to deliver yoga classes to help uplift energise and ground anyone to feel aligned! Loves to incorporate free flow movement (dance) in she practice to really explore the physical body and make an deeper connection with our own energy and self expression. ✨

Rainbow, Yoga & Restorative Instructor 

Bow, is a single mamma, a feminist scholar and a shamaness. She believes deeply in the power of restorative yoga to facilitate healing and empowerment because of personal experience. After a challenging transition to motherhood the practice was the most powerful tool in putting herself back together. Now she weaves womb and earth magic into her restorative yoga classes for others. Supporting connection with nature's cycles. Integrating the blessings of feminine wisdom to the deep rest brings a profound experience. 

Lisa, Brand Alchemist 

Even with a lifelong interest in nature and witchcraft, Lisa is more often spotted behind a Macbook instead of a spellbook. With a multi-passionate career spanning over 10 years of design, marketing, copywriting, photography and more, her main focus is on transformative branding as Creatively Haunted

Born in Canada, raised in London, Lisa now lives with her daughter, husband and disgruntled cat in their 100-year-old Kentish home. Having found motherhood to be a deeply impactful experience, Lisa is a passionate advocate of reflective wellbeing practice and (gentle) fitness exercises.

Sarah, Writer

Writer. Weirdo. Witch.
Raised in a family where creativity and eccentricity were fabulously inescapable, Sarah has since continued this lifestyle with dedication. After studying Religion, Philosophy and Economics, she has led a rather bohemian life. Following an exceptionally brief stint trying to be normal (absolute fail), she returned to the world of anarchistic reverie and imagination. Throughout her life, witchcraft, writing, dancing, music and photography have all been areas where she has felt authentic – the cosmic path fits her in all the ways that the mundane world is alien. 
"With ink on her fingers and rings on her toes, she shall have magic wherever she goes."

Lena, Illustrator

IG @animalenas

 

A wanderer of inner worlds, Lena’s artwork seeks to explore womanhood, wilderness and magic through soulful illustration, while aiming to embody her deepest truths. 

Ceci Crush, Illustrator

IG @the.dancing.line

 

Art and drawing have been a passion for all of Ceci’s life. She finds inspiration in dance and movement, interpreting it into a language to share beauty and energetic flow.

 

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