My approach to Yoga is sensitive and varied, respecting each individual’s uniqueness and starting point. My aim is to share the spirit of Yoga with you and the community through my classes,121s and workshops. I teach small, friendly Yoga classes suitable for all ages and abilities based around Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire.
I teach also small, therapeutic classes and one to one Yoga tuition and therapy which is the application of Yoga practices for health and healing in order to alleviate many common ailments. Practices in both 121s, classes and workshops include simple physical postures, breathing techniques, relaxation practices, meditation and study. Most recently I have become a member of the team Bahiayoga at the Nottingham Teacher Training School and have taught Yoga and relaxation for Leicestershire County Council as part of the Health and Well-being programme targeted at specific groups.
My personal experience of Yoga has shown it to be a useful tool for everyday situations and a daily practice has been an incredible support on many different levels. Yoga begins where you are now and this is fundamental to your practice. I continue to study with senior teachers within the aYs as well as attending workshops/retreats and my own 121 sessions.
I began my career in 1994 as school teacher and have been studying and practising Yoga since the mid-1990s. I was introduced to the teachings of T. K. Krishnamacharya by Sheila Baker (The Association for Yoga Studies) and have studied with Ranju Roy and Dave Charlton as part of the Sadhana Mala Teacher and Therapy Practitioner Programme (aYs) recognised and accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga.
The inspiration for my teaching and practice comes from T Krishnamacharya and his son T.K.V. Desikachar. Their approach is to match the practice to the needs of the individual, whatever their starting point and circumstances. This means teaching Yoga respecting the differences in age, gender, mental and physical conditions, culture and religion.
2006-2008 the British Wheel of Yoga Accredited Sadhana Mala Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy Programme
2001-2002 the British School of Yoga Teaching Diploma Hatha Yoga
2000 Viniyoga Britain Stage 2 Foundation Course
1999-2000 Viniyoga Britain Stage1 Introductory Workshops
1993-1994 Post Graduate Certificate in Education Nottingham Trent University
1986-1989 BA (Hons) Sociology and Psychology Nottingham Trent University
The Sadhana Mala Yoga Teacher and Therapy Practitioner Programme exceeds 750 hours of study, including the study of Yoga philosophy and psychology, the application of Yoga postures and breathing, anatomy and physiology, kinesiology and pathology, educational theory, practice and course planning, and the therapeutic application of Yoga.
2006 – 2009 Rutland County Council Yoga Teacher
2006 – Parkwood Leisure Yoga Teacher
2003 – 2007 The South Nottinghamshire College of F.E. Yoga Teacher
2004 – Workers’ Educational Association Yoga Teacher
2003 – Leicestershire Adult Learning Service Yoga Teacher
2003 – Dove Cottage Day Hospice Restorative Yoga Teacher
2001 – 2002 Carlton Leisure Centre Yoga Teacher
1994 – Nottinghamshire Educational Authority School teacher
Workshops/seminars for Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire Yoga Circle and the British Wheel of Yoga.
2013 – Untangling the Tangled Knots – The Viniyoga of twists
2012- The Bandhas: to lift, to open, to contain awareness
2011 – The Energising Qualities of Backbends
2010 – Movement to Stillness
2010 – Untangling the Tangled Knots – The Viniyoga of twists
2009 – Conscious Breathing in Asan2009
2009 – Vinyasa Krama. The Art of Sequencing
2009 – The Yoga of Purifying Action – Kriya Yoga
2008 – Sthira-sukham asanam – attention and ease Yoga Sutra 2.46
2007 – Exploration and practise around the term, ‘parsva’ and parsva trikonasana
2006 – Exploring backbends with and without support
Bahiayoga Teacher Training School Nottingham (BWY, Yoga Alliance and REPs Accredited)
Workshops and seminars taught in the Krishnamacharya approach to Yoga:
2013 – Pranayama and Ujjayi breathing technique
2012 – Pranayama and Ujjayi breathing technique
2012 – Introduction to Krishnamacharya and his lineage
2011 – Krishnamacharya’s approach to pranayama
The Viniyoga of Yoga
Introduction to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
Introduction to Krishnamacharya and his lineage