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Barbara Hastings-Asatourian
Health and Wellbeing

Glossop, Derbyshire      English

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As a retired public heath nurse, midwife and nurse teacher, Barbara loves inspiring others to take control of their health. Barbara is also a yoga and meditation teacher.


  • nursing
  • midwifery
  • public health
  • yoga
  • meditation
  • health and well being advice


  • Former senior lecturer, University of Salford.
  • Founder of Contraception Education.
  • Yoga and Meditation Teacher


• Public health • Sexual health • Teenage pregnancy • Contraception • Sexuality • Pregnancy • Childbirth • Postnatal care • Domestic abuse • Child development • Parenting skills • Exercise and nutrition in pregnancy and the post natal-period • Menopause • Osteoporosis prevention • Yoga, Meditation and relaxation techniques -- Hello, my name is Barbara Hastings-Asatourian. I’m passionate about promoting health and have developed my speciality in sexual and reproductive health throughout my career. Since my "retirement" from academia I am now mostly focused on holistic practices like Yoga and Meditation. I incorporate yoga, relaxation and meditation into my own life, and have learned how to pass on these skills to others. Throughout my career I’ve worked in health and health promotion. I started off by training as a nurse, then worked in clinical settings for several years, before working as an educator in various ways, including the voluntary sector. I’ve won awards for my innovative teaching materials, for example ‘Contraception: the board game’, and ‘Safer sex: an interactive learning resource’. You can confidently call me about any health and well being related issues. I am qualified to deliver the freedom programme (see ) to domestic abuse service users to help them understand and recognise abuse, even early warning signs, and avoid abusive relationships in the future. Freedom programme training has given me enormous insight into domestic abuse and this work has helped many women become much more aware and more confident to take necessary action.


Tibetan Buddhist Meditation
British School of Yoga, 2014
Ashtanga Yoga (Primary Series)
One Yoga Studio with Manju Jois, 2013
Hatha Yoga Teacher
British School of Yoga, 2011
Family Planning and Reproductive Sexual Health
University of Salford/ENB, 1999
Ante and Post -Natal Exercise Teaching
YMCA, 1998
Master of Science
University of Salford, 1996
Certificate in Education
University of Huddersfield, 1991
Registered Midwife
Tameside General Hospital, 1980
District Nursing
University of Manchester, 1975
Registered Health Visitor
University of Manchester, 1975
Bachelor of Nursing
University of Manchester, 1975
Registered Nurse
University of Manchester, 1975


Yoga and Meditation Teacher
Yoga with Barbara, 2011 -
My own self employment where I teach Hatha and Ashtanga (Primary Series)Yoga classes and workshops mainly in the High Peak and Greter Manchester
Managing Director
Contraception Education, 2001 - 2013
My own company through which I develop sex education materials and deliver training and consultancy to professionals and to young people
Senior Lecturer
University of Salford, 1992 - 2013
Teaching and Learning - Running programmes and delivering lectures in Public Health, Sexual Health, Contraception and Family Planning, Health Studies. Academic Enterprise and supporting other students and staff turn ideas into businesses Research - Evaluation of Sure Start Plus in Manchester and Salford and A Workforce Development Project for the Greater Manchester Sexual Health Network.
Lecturer in Health Visiting (Temporary cover)
University of Huddersfield, 1991 - 1992
Following qualification as a teacher in adult education in 1991 I had the opportunity to take a part time role teaching Health visitors at the University of Huddersfield. The role included child development, community care, family health and health promotion. This experience convinced me that I wanted to take up teaching permanently.
Lecturer in Health Studies
Tameside College, 1987 - 1991
Working mainly with 16-19 year olds in all health subjects, including the NNEB Nursery Nursing and BTech Child Care programmes. Here I also had the opportunity to develop sex education materials to use with students with challenging behaviour.
Health Visitor
Tameside and Glossop Health Authority, 1984 - 1987
Full range of public health nursing roles and responsibilities, including school health and field work teaching.
Staff Midwife
Tameside General Hospital, 1980 - 1983
Midwifery student
Tameside General Hospital, 1979 - 1980
Integrated midwifery programme for already qualified nurses included community midwifery and parentcraft education classes.
Staff Nurse
Manchester Royal Infirmary, 1976 - 1976
First post on achieving Bachelor of Nursing, consolidation of 4 year degree programme.
Health Visitor
Cetnral Manchester Heatlh Authority, 1976 - 1979
Inner city health visiting, including work with schools and the development of a sex education programme for a large secondary school, parenting programmes and ante-natal education

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