I qualified as a yoga teacher in 2012 and have continued with my professional development ever since. I have achieved over 330 hours of teacher training as recognised by the Yoga Alliance International and Sivananda International Vedanta. I have also taught over 4000 hours of face to face classes. However, yoga has been a part of my life for many years. Having the feeling that the world is my oyster as a young person, I’ve had a varied work history from headhunting Investment Bankers, Psychology Lecturer, Ski Resort Manager, Behaviour Change Coach, Youth Worker and now settled teaching Yoga Classes in Worcester for the last 7 years. Alongside Yoga Instruction I run a dog walking business and walks dogs at lunchtimes and have dogs to stay over on occassion. Before you ask, I wouldn’t consider combining Yoga and Dogs doing “Doga”-although I’ve been asked. I feel my eclectic background has helped my teaching style and ability to help others with the many benefits of a regular yoga practise. Since being certified by the International Yoga Alliance, I can honestly say that I love going to work every day and feel privileged at having the opportunity to teach yoga in Worcester.
I was introduced to asana (postures) practise of yoga in the late 1970s by my mother and, as a young girl aged 10, I remember the wonderful feelings I felt when practising them, in particular inversions. However, one of the things I love about yoga is that you can start at any age and the advantages are endless. It’s a lifestyle choice and one that can drastically improve your quality of life, both physically and mentally whether you start at 8 or 80.
In my 30’s I was introduced to the Pranayama (breath work) aspect of yoga by an Indian Catholic Priest that I was working in the UK. As a practising Catholic, i found that the pranayama breathing techniques are an aid to quietening the mind and helping to cease the internal dialogue to aid meditation. Pranayama has huge benefits for health as breath work acts as a natural cleanser of the internal organs and can also assist with weight loss when practised regularly.
None of the styles of yoga I had practised before becoming a Yoga Instructor had focused much on pranayama (breathing techniques). Like my students, I have found the benefits of regular pranayama, especially the advanced breathing techniques such as Kapalabhati, to be a real asset to our busy lives and so I like to incorporate them into every class.
Im not hyper-mobile and have many injuries including a fractured pelvis and broken both knees in skiing accidents. Traditional Yoga has helped to strengthen these areas of weakness and also given me empathy with those who have limitations and injuries or weak areas.
Meditation and Mindfullness
Yoga for me is very much a physical practise that uses the physical to go beyond the physical. I tried meditation and mindfulness at various retreats in my 20’s and 30’s but instead of achieving a peaceful or blissful state, I just became more frustrated. I was encouraged to try walking as a form of meditation and to continue practising yogic postures. I find that after practising the physical aspect of yoga, preceded by the breath work and followed by the relaxation, just like a good run or other sport, im calmer both mentally and physically after class. Everyone is different, and open to things at various times and you can only find out what works for you by giving things a try. The more I practice yoga, the more I want to and if i do take a couple of days off its amazing how quickly i stiffen up, therefore i try to practise most days. Why don’t you see what yoga at Yoga 7 can do for you and book your first class today?
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Yoga Classes in Worcester
Worcester Yoga Classes
I offer a range of yoga classes in Worcester city centre and in some venues across the county. Most classes are also online so you will find students from various parts of the country and globe joining our online classes. View my yoga classes page for more details.