We are two ordinary women from Rochdale & Oldham. Had it not been for the situation we all faced in March 2020, we would have never considered attending nor teaching yoga classes online, but have found numerous advantages. To our surprise we found that meeting people in their own homes from our homes, really has added something quite lovely! In fact for many, this method has actually become the preference.
We have become a Community Interest Company (CIC) because our main focus is providing a service to communities, so any profits will be reinvested to providing better services. We hope you will feel comfortable to communicate what works for you and what doesn't, being online means we can be more flexible and adapt to the needs of our customers.
I first became interested in yoga as a way to bring peace and calmness into my busy life. Through posture work, breathing exercises and relaxation over time I found real balance and inner peace in my body and mind. I have been practising yoga for over 20 years and have seen huge benefits in muscle strength, flexibility and a calmer, quieter mind. After completing a British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course I trained and qualified as a Hatha Yoga teacher in 2016. In 2017 I decided to follow my dream and left my corporate job to concentrate on teaching yoga and continue my journey to learn and share with others. In 2018 I qualified to teach pregnancy yoga and now offer a range of classes to share yoga with "everybody".
I have completed many additional courses covering the following: Yoga for Mental Health, Meditation and Mindfulness, Yin Yoga
Yoga for Back care. The style of yoga I am passionate about and teach is one of movement & breath" with a focus on building body strength, mobility and flexibility to physically and mentally live the best life you can. Incorporating breath work and relaxation techniques into every session, the classes are open to all and especially beneficial to those looking for a slower paced, gentle & therapeutic yoga class. If you have mobility issues there are chair yoga sessions available and pregnancy yoga for mums to be from 13 weeks.
As a grandma I look at the way my young grandchildren move, there's no tightness or rigid movements, they move with complete ease. They are strong, mobile, flexible and most of the time completely relaxed. Over time with life changes our body and mind, some factors are lifestyle, sports, the jobs we take, health conditions and life stresses, they can all play a big part in what we hold in our physical body and mind. I encourage individuals to move in a way that suits their body and to bring a deeper connection to what is going on in their physical body, the breath and their mind.
I was introduced to yoga as a child in the 70s, when there seemed to be a great interest in Eastern ideas and philosophies. Both of my parents attended yoga classes at various times (their teacher Vincent Rylance, later became my friend) and my Grandad; the most joy filled and fun person I had ever met, was a massive fan! He had spent several years in India as a young man in the RAF and his passion for yoga, his appreciation of the beauty of every moment, his capacity for kindness and his selfless service towards all beings, made him an incredible role model. As soon as I could, I was attending local classes and kept that up over many years, many venues and teachers. I always thought that one day I would teach, as I always hoped to introduce yoga to people who weren’t looking for it. Through my most long standing teacher and mentor Marilyn Heginbotham I heard about yoga in prisons and knowing that was what I wanted to do, undertook my first teacher training programme in 2013 with the wonderful Barry Todd. I then started giving classes and met lots of amazing humans- always our REAL teachers! .As a shy person by nature, teaching did not come easily to me and there were many personal challenges along the way. In 2016 I secured a place on the bi annual Prison Phoenix Trust training and at the same time left my full time proper job to be able to focus on all of the lovely yoga work coming my way. I have enjoyed teaching all kinds of folk in all kinds of settings. In 2018 I undertook my second yoga teacher training with the truly phenomenal Debbie Farrar. Along with the teacher training I have undertaken, I have completed innumerous workshops and courses on various aspects of yoga, pranayama and meditation with loads of different teachers. In February 2020 I left teaching to have a little adventure in London. Then lockdown happened- fortunately for me while I was on a trip north! During that fascinating and unsettling period, I attended LOTS of online yoga classes which literally felt like a lifeline at a time of worldwide uncertainty. As a consequence I was eventually persuaded by some of my former students and friends to give some online sessions, which developed into an important and mutually supportive community. Giving and taking part in yoga classes, from the safety and comfort of my own home during that time, revealed to me it’s many advantages and when Debbie asked if I would like to join forces I was thrilled.