I first started yoga in 1993 during my pregnancy with my second child. I didn’t entirely ‘get it’ but I was surprised how I could calm my breathing down just by visualising a peaceful scene. I re-visited the idea of yoga a few years later when I was looking for something to help relax the body and mind. My teacher was remarkable, enabling me to listen to my body rather than to judge it. This felt like an odd concept at first, but I quickly realised she was telling me to let go of my preconceived ideas of how fit or unfit I was and to focus instead on releasing the tension through the breath with movement. The slow movement into asanas (posture) meant I could achieve so much more and feel so much better afterwards.
I decided to look deeper into yoga by attending a British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) foundation course in January 2004. I was then hooked and after three further years of training, qualified as a yoga teacher in June 2008 with the British Wheel of Yoga. Since qualifying I have enjoyed training with many different teachers and bringing different traditions, principals and aspects of yoga into my classes.
What are my qualifications?
British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma June 2008 (Membership renewed annually)
Emergency First Aid at work (2017)
What is yoga?
Yoga is all about the mind, body and breath working together. Miss out one of these elements and the essence is lost. We can all exercise. However, to train the mind and breath to focus purely on the moment, takes practice. I love that yoga is cerebral, you need to think and do at the same time!
If you would like more information about The British Wheel of Yoga including yoga events in your area look at their website www.bwy.org.uk and get inspired.
‘The British Wheel of Yoga is the largest yoga membership organisation in the UK, committed to promoting a greater understanding of yoga and its safe practice through experience, education, study and training.’ (Extract taken from the BWY website)