A Bit About Me
Hi, I am originally from Derbyshire and I am 68 years old [as of 2023!], who loves being a Grandma! I am lucky to be able to split my time between The Outer Hebrides and Derbyshire. I am just really ordinary and cannot reach my leg behind my neck, perform a handstand or stand on my head. And I have no wish to! I put weight on, I lose it again!
I started my working life as a shorthand typist aged 16, and very slowly progressed to training as a Counsellor at Derby University and that has been my main work ever since. Which has included the training and Supervising of Counsellors for many years.
I began Yoga in my 20's for a couple of years [1976-1978], but didn't re-discover it again until 2000 and I quickly knew I wanted to become a Yoga Teacher and qualified with the British Wheel of Yoga as soon as I could.
As a Reiki Master, I offer Holy Fire Reiki Attunements and often re-attunements from Usui Reiki to Holy Fire, so others can experience and work with the wonderful Reiki energy, and amazingly...... sending Reiki energy to my yoga students in my classes too. I undertook extra training and Attunement in order to feel satisfied about giving and receiving Reiki Online.
I am aware that we can 'Westernise' Yoga too much and so I prefer to stay as true as possible to the ancient concepts and Philosophy of Traditional ancient Yoga. All that constant 'hip opening' and sun salutations are not for me anymore!
Slow Yoga might be a small 'niche' market, but all the marketing tools in the world say; "Teach what you love"! And I am. I have no wish to be an Instagram sensation! I built this website myself, [yes, it shows, I know! It really isnt mobile friendly LOL]. I love teaching this style of yoga and I know there are others out there who no longer want to practice the more Power Yoga's styles.
Over 45 and might be beginning your Yoga journey - or re-kindling it
just want a slower pace to their yoga practice that takes into account the aging process
I have practiced the Power and Fitness Yoga's in the past, but prefer this more thoughtful and Mindful way of practicing. My wrists prefer it too!
I believe many students need and prefer this way of practicing yoga. I am not ultra thin or flexible, I am just me. Yet, this style also compliments the stronger yoga's. The slow, unhurried deep moves are based on Vanda Scaravelli's teachings and provide a beautiful balance to the more physical styles.
I have been lucky to attend many workshops with talented Teachers who actually met Vanda and learnt directly from her and I continue to meet and work with teachers who have been taught by THESE same teachers, so my journey just goes on and on. I am in no way an expert on Vanda's teachings. I can only call myself, very loosely, a "Vanda Scaravelli-inspired teacher" as I continue striving to keep learning more and more about this amazing approach to Yoga. Learning to 'un-do' as opposed to 'do' yoga. And practice 'non-attachment' to the effort in the pose and find the ease in the post instead/as well as. No violence on the joints, my inner voice much softer and kinder to myself.
Yoga, for me, is not just a once a week class, it is more about incorporating yoga into ones life daily, so it doesn't become just about the physical work. For instance, being aware of your breath daily, hopefully hourly! Stopping every now and then in your busy day [there is an App for that somewhere!] to just stop and watch the breath, maybe taking 10 or even just 5 minutes to put your feet up against a wall, and stop and 'be' still. Anything, where you can just 'be' and listen to your inner voice.
Begin slowly with a Meditation practice, again, taking 5 Minutes a day to sit in quiet stillness is just amazing. "Be good to yourself", my Dad always used to say, I never really new what he meant when I was young, I never knew I would be using his words some 60 years later!
'Be Here Now' speaks to me. Be here without ego, competition and those busy thoughts. Practice self care and self soothing.
I don't think I will ever retire!
I look forward to seeing you in class, Julia
MY ETHOS TO SLOW YOGA