RealYoga Training School 500 hours accredited by Independent Yoga Network - IYN
In the Swami Gitananda system of pranayama; British School of Yoga Teaching (Hatha Yoga) qualification @ distinction (also IYN-accredited); Viniyoga Foundation course (all three courses were of one year's duration).
Donna Farhi - International yoga teacher, "teacher of the teachers" - 5 day intensive in Manchester (2019), Jean Danford of RealYoga (2016); Philip Xerri - Pranayama (2015); Paul Harvey - founder of Viniyoga Britain (1993); Christiane Kerr - "Calm for Kids" (2011). I have attended classes over many years with excellent Hatha, Vini and Iyengar Yoga teachers.
Having been practising yoga for over 30 years - since attending my first class in Harborne, Birmingham in 1989. Special interests - lower back, breathing work, "real" yoga, how to factor yoga into everyday life.
The practice of yoga has been a comforting constant in my life - always in the background throughout my successes and failures, during times of joy as well as throughout difficult times. I have been teaching yoga since 2014 and I am planning new teaching projects on an ongoing basis.
I draw on over 30 years' of practice to ensure that the yoga is safe. The practice is not about trying to copy a pose that you have seen in a photograph - or indeed that someone else can do. I stress that yoga is not a "one size fits all" pursuit - rather, the aim is to be present, experiencing all the sensations that a yoga pose (asana) brings to the body and mind and to know how far to yield into it.
If you want to practise the breathing exercises in a chair, that is a good choice because you have more chance of having an elevated spine. Many people think that you have to be very supple to practise yoga - that is not the case, we practise in order to become more supple, working at what our own individual body is able to do comfortably!
The practice of yoga is a wonderful gift – the decluttering and stilling of the mind brings peace, energy and healing.
I have previously worked as a Personal Assistant for various Executives and Directors, an Information Technology trainer and an Information Technology Support Officer/Facilitator.
I have also previously worked as a Piano teacher and taught the ABRSM syllabus preparing pupils for practical examinations, as well as teaching people to play for pleasure and teaching music theory.