In case you are just looking for topline info - I am a yoga teacher twice over. Sivananda 200hr course accredited by Yoga Alliance and then the 'big-boy' British Wheel of Yoga 500hr course. This course is accredited by Ofqual so it is recognised by the UK education system.
There are all sorts of people in the world and therefore all sorts of yoga teachers are needed. In our busy world it is easy to forget about the vitalness of joy. I try to bring that with me on to the mat. My style of teaching is informal and friendly. Together we can move the spine in all directions, stretch and strengthen our body. I want people to be happy coming to the class, online or in-person. I like the idea that if you choose to come to a yoga class, chances are there are other people within the class that you can connect with. That is why I love teaching - the connections between people.
I started practising yoga regularly in 2008. I was really busy and felt I needed to hang on to something. Being an old raver in what was known as the Second Summer of Love, as well as an interest in the 60s, yoga seemed a natural fit.
I went to India in 2014 and completed the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training course. This was a month-long 200-hour course in which I received a distinction. The course was held in an ashram in the foothills of the Himalayas, on the banks of the Ganges (having arrived in darkness, I thought the dorm was next to the laundry room, 10 washing machines whirling at once. Turns out it was the Ganges cascading by. Photo: Laundry room!!). Whilst I appreciated the course on a personal level, I didn't feel that I had acquired the skills needed to teach. As luck would have it, in 2015 two of the best yoga teacher trainers in the UK, Zoe Knott and Bob Insley, were starting their 5th round of the British Wheel of Yoga Teacher Training Diploma course. This was a 500-hour course over 3 years (what with the studying and essay writing, it felt more like a 1000!). Diving deeper into Yoga, not just the anatomy and physiology, but studying some of the classical texts and discussing philosophical ideas, changed me. I re-connected to my younger, more joyful self. That person that believed in the innate good of the human beings, before I started to take life too seriously.
Yoga and Joy are now a foundation of my life. It is a choice you can make too.
"Some people say the spiritual journey is too serious. That seriousness is to cut through a certain kind of laughter that is within form. Beyond that seriousness is the cosmic giggle. That’s the kind of humour, the kind of twinkle in the eye, a kind of playfulness that is a different kind of laughter. There’s personality, happiness, and humour and fun - and then there’s the transcendent quality of humour."
Baba RamDass In