Iyengar yoga teacher in Horsham, West Sussex

anna at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in Pune, India

I qualified as an Iyengar Yoga teacher in 1998.

In 2010 I spent a month studying with the Iyengar family in Pune.

In 2012 I passed the Junior Intermediate Level 3 Iyengar Yoga Teaching Assessment.

My formal training has taken over 1000 hours.  I have over 4000 hours teaching experience.

“… Having avoided all sports at school and generally been a ‘couch potato’ I found Yoga really hard to begin with.  So I was drawn to becoming an Iyengar yoga teacher as it was not just for the naturally fit and supple.

I had skeletal problems that would not respond to conventional treatment.  But Yoga helped from my very first class.  Since then I have used yoga to help rehabilitate myself after both serious illness and surgery.  I feel that having to come to terms with my own physical limitations has made me an understanding and empathetic teacher”.

I continue to work and learn with senior teachers in England. I now live with my partner and son in Horsham, I teach yoga classes in Horsham and offer private individual Yoga tuition too. “

Iyengar yoga classes in Horsham, West Sussex

My classes focus on learning rather than simply ‘doing’.  Ex- dancers and ex- gymnasts seem to be able to ‘just do it’. For the rest of us it is about finding the healthy action for us as individuals, so we need to work more mindfully.  I like to create a light-hearted atmosphere in class, with plenty of humour to encourage students to challenge their habitual way of doing things.

I have a natural love of teaching that I hope is evident in my classes, workshops and one to ones.

I see myself as a ‘professional Yoga teacher’.  What does that mean?  Well, for me it means a lot of small things that all add up.  I take my responsibilities as an Iyengar Yoga teacher very seriously: I adhere to my professional body’s guidance carefully.  I undertake ongoing professional development.  It also means I take great care as a teacher to take care of my students and to ensure their individual improvement- regardless of their level.  This takes careful class planning to allow progression over time.

I currently teach yoga classes in Horsham,  yoga workshops in Horsham and one to one yoga in Horsham.

Iyengar yoga at home

I also aim to encourage people to develop a home practice, so I have homework sheets for my students.  I’m always reviewing each students progress, and I teach in a way that encourages students to remember poses.  I have found that this makes them feel more confident to practice at home, thereby seeing greater improvements. I have the higher level certification as an Iyengar Yoga teacher  that allows me to teach one to one yoga, private groups and one to ones too.

For me, Yoga asana is about finding the healthy action for us as individuals rather than ‘the perfect pose’.