My Yoga journey began over 30 years ago when I joined a yoga class in my village hall. It was the first step on a long and fulfilling journey towards a destination that I could not have foreseen at that time.
After many years of an on-again, off-again yoga practise, I took a leap of faith and made the decision to become a Yoga teacher. In 2005 I travelled to India where I trained to teach Hatha Yoga.
My classes started slowly, first in a school hall, progressing to the village pub! Thinking about those early days, I remember how nervous I was – would students be able to follow my awkward attempts at “sounding yogic”? Would they understand the mispronunciation of posture names? The list goes on. But despite my initial jitters (and thanks in part to some very kind and forgiving students), I discovered that I loved teaching Yoga, and it also taught me that Yoga is for everyone, regardless of where you practise, your age, your size, level of fitness or flexibility.
It was this belief that took me back to India to complete a Yoga Therapy course. Here I discovered the power of Yoga to heal not only our body, but also our hearts and minds, helping to promote good health and a sense of wellbeing.
In 2012 I moved to Beccles and taught for a few years at the Yoga Glow Studio, but as I expanded my classes and started to teach mindfulness I need more space and subsequently moved to Beccles Station Community Rooms, where I hold both yoga and mindfulness classes.
In 2015, I discovered the renowned 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. I was amazed at how it presented a thorough, structured method for learning how to practice meditation, supported by scientific research on the effects and benefits of mindfulness on the brain. I qualified as an MBSR Accredited Mindfulness Teacher in 2016, and I welcome you to experience it for yourself as I am astounded at the positive feedback and results of the 8-week course.
I also have a small yoga studio at home where I teach private yoga, yoga as a therapy and mindfulness sessions.
I try to have an easy approach to my classes and present them in a down-to-earth way. I like to work with the breath, as breathing is one of the simplest and yet powerful practice’s with can give our self. It’s the bridge between the mind and the body – it can lead us into a posture, calm the mind, help to relax or guide use during meditation and the breath is always in-the-moment.
I hope I have shared enough to encourage you to try yoga and mindfulness. I am confident that you will leave a class feeling energised and relaxed and better able to enjoy your daily life.
Jenny’s personal path of learning
- Yoga Alliance Professionals – Senior Yoga Teacher
- International Vasishta Yoga Research Foundation – Yoga Therapist
- BWY Yoga for People Living with Cancer
- Satyananda Meditation Course
- Mindful Academy.eu – Accredited MBSR Teacher
- Usui Reiki Practioner