My teaching is influenced by my life, health and yoga practice over 20 years. Whatever’s happening in my life, I’ve found yoga helps me. It helps me feel stronger, calmer and perhaps a little more like myself. I enjoy many types of yoga, which influence my teaching. My teaching is based on Hatha yoga but I also enjoy Scaravelli, Iyengar and restorative yoga. And in recent years I’ve trained to teach and developed a passion for Yoga Nidra.
For me, yoga is about more than achieving a perfect pose. It’s about undoing tension and connecting the body, breath and mind. It’s about feeling more at ease and rested. Over time, we can find a unique stillness in our yoga. And we can reach for our yoga when we need it, finding the poses which help us most each day.
As we get older it’s good to find ease in our bodies and take the time to understand what works for us as individuals. Working with kindness, to support any aches or stiffness.
Yoga can help boost energy levels, support the immune system and calm the mind. Yoga Nidra is also a very powerful way to relax deeply.
Like me, you might not have always found yoga poses easy. You might find it helpful to take things steadily, with an awareness of what works for you. I’d like to share with others the sense of strength and peace that I’ve felt whilst practicing yoga.
Jan teaches the evening classes – here are a few words from Jan.
I teach Hatha yoga and enjoy working with mixed ability groups. My style is gentle but I provide some options within a class if people feel they would like more of a challenge on a particular day. The focus is on safe alignment and finding a place where a person can feel steady.
Before training as a yoga teacher, I benefitted from yoga as a way to recover from an injury. Over time I discovered yoga can offer many different things on different levels. It can energise, strengthen and restore the body. It can quieten, focus and offer perspective for the mind. I aim to enable students to discover what yoga can offer them so they can take what they need from each class.
A few words of inspiration from Vanda Scaravelli’s book Awakening the Spine
“We have lost contact with our bodies and re-establishing this connection is what we try to do”
“To relax is not to collapse but simply to undo tension”
“You will be amazed to discover that if you are kind to your body it will respond in an incredible way”
I completed my 500 Hour Yoga Alliance training at Bristol City Yoga with Laura Gilmore in 2010.
Since then I’ve trained in Yoga Nidra with Yogacampus in Stroud, Restorative Yoga with Anna Ashby at Triyoga, and enjoyed the ‘Establishing Theraputic Relationships’ course, also at Yogacampus in London.
I have Yoga Alliance Insurance.
What do my students think?
“A complete novice, I have found Vicki’s instruction to be clear, constructive and individual. The group have been welcoming and unpressured. The best decision I have made in a long time”