I first began practising yoga in a small way over 30 years ago – mostly because ‘Lyn Marshall’s Everyday Yoga’ was a 15-minute daily programme that followed ‘Sesame Street’. My young son and I would watch Sesame Street together, then watch and do the yoga together. The yoga drifted to the back of my mind as my son outgrew his daily dose of the big yellow bird.
It didn’t drift back until quite a few years later when my mum was diagnosed with arthritis and I was fearful that the painful stiffness in my neck and shoulders were the onset of arthritis in me too. I joined a weekly local yoga class and recognized of course that this pain was all due to the stress and tension I carried around with me.
Yoga became an essential part of my life when I realised how significant it had been in helping me come through into the light at the end of one of life’s dark tunnels. It was at that point that I knew I wanted (and needed) to give back to yoga what it had given me and I sought out a British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma course.
In order to maintain my BWY teacher status I am required to do Continuous Professional Development. I really can’t imagine not doing so – the more I learn, the more I realise there is to learn!
Along my own path of yoga, I have been privileged to learn with some of Huddersfield and district’s most respected teachers : Liz Cooper, Margaret Money, Dorothy Campbell, Manuela Meadows and Marilyn Heginbotham. I have undertaken several long courses with Jane Cluley (Jayadhara) and I have also studied with national and international teachers : Donna Farhi (three times), Amanda Latchmore, Richard Roberts (Krishnadhyanam), Rob Nairn, Paul Harvey, Swami Dharmananda, Muz Murray, Peter Blackaby (twice), Doug Keller, Swami Satyaprakash and Catherine Annis and attended the amazing Satyananda International 4-day yoga satsang (symposium) in Harrogate 2009. I studied for the Yoga for Pregnancy post-diploma module with Judy Cameron and Wendy Teasdil, the Pranayama self-development module with Philip Xerri, and did my post-natal and Yoga Nidra trainings with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli.
I’ve taught yoga full time, then part time, but at the moment due to increasing family responsibilities, although it is hard to do so, I feel I need to stop teaching altogether for a while.