I qualified as a yoga teacher in 2012 and have continued with my professional development ever since. I have achieved over 330 hours 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, Ive had a varied work history from head hunting Investment Bankers, Psychology Lecturer, Ski Resort Manager, Behaviour Change Coach, Youth Worker and now settled teaching Yoga for the last 7 years, here in Worcester. Alongside Yoga Instruction I walks dogs at lunchtimes but, before you ask, I wouldnt consider combining Yoga and Dogs doing “Doga”-although ive 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 everyday and feel privileged at having the opportunity to teach yoga in Worcester.
I was introduced to asana (postures) practise of yoga in the late 1970’s 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, mentally and spiritually, whether you start at 8 or 80.
In my 30’s I was introduced to the Pranayama aspect of yoga by an Indian Catholic Priest that i was working with in the UK. As a practising Catholic it was not only important but a real blessing to use the Yoga alongside and to assist in the development of my faith. I have found over the years since teaching, that the discipline of Yoga has helped with the discipline in being a follower of Jesus.
None of the styles of yoga I had practised before becoming a Yoga Instructor had focused much on pranayama (breathing techniques). I have found the benefits of regular pranayama, especially the advanced breathing techniques such as Kapalabhati, to be astounding and I like to incorporate them into every class. Pranayama plays an enormous part in quietening the mind and so assisting with meditation and prayer.
Im not hyper-mobile and have many injuries including a fractured pelvis and broken both knees in ski-ing 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 spiritual practise that uses the physical to go beyond the physical. But it is not religious and is not necessarily a spiritual practise for everyone. I tried meditation and mindfulness at various yoga retreats and silent 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 continued doing so alongside regular Yogic relaxation and meditation and I have noticed an enormous difference in my personality, for example, being more patient and tolerant of others not to mention the physical benefits. 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 I can’t imagine my life without it. Why don’t you see what yoga at Yoga 7 can do for you and book your first class today.
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