I have known and worked with Amanda for well over 15 years although this will be the first time we have teamed up to provide a Yoga for Harmony Teacher Training Course.
My vision has been for some time to establish Yoga for Harmony as an ‘Academy’ of Yoga Learning and so this is the beginnings of that journey.
Yoga for Harmony is a 200hr Registered School and certified by the
Independent Yoga Network (IYN) and Yoga Alliance Professionals (YAP)
Amanda has been running Teacher Training Courses at Yoga for Harmony for FRYOG, for 10 years or more and has written this course based on her knowledge and experience in this field.
Between us we have over 40 years of teaching experience and our personal interests and passions between us cover all aspects of yoga from the traditional yoga philosophy, various styles of asana and pranayama practises, teaching in the mental health arena, teaching those with physical injuries, into the development of private and group classes and then the establishment of a successful studio.
Senior Tutor – (dip.FRYOG)
Amanda began practicing Hatha Yoga in 1987 and has been teaching Comprehensive Hatha Yoga since 1997 having studied for 3 years with Swami Satyaratnananda Saraswati in the Satyananda or Bihar tradition. In 2002 Amanda also completed the 7 day Hatha Yoga Intensive residential course at the Mandala Yoga Ashram in Wales, and has attended numerous CPD days including teachers such as Ianthe Hoskins, Philip Jones, Dr Robin Munro, Peter Blackaby and Gary Carter. Since qualifying Amanda has taught in both the Public and Private sector . She specialises in therapeutic Hatha Yoga and Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation) at an internationally recognised rehabilitation clinic since 2000.
In 2002 Amanda became a course tutor and assessor for The Friends of Yoga Society International (FRYOG) . Amanda has also held the post of Chairman for 3 years and Training and Standards Officer for 3 years which were voluntary posts (Karma Yoga) for the Society and is currently Director of Teacher Training. Amanda is an IYN (Independent Yoga Network) Elder and an ERYT-500 and YACEP (continual professional development provider) for Yoga Alliance USA.
Amanda teaches a friendly and welcoming recuperative style yoga class at Yoga for Harmony on Tuesday mornings 10-11am based on the Hatha Yoga Pawanmuktasanas which is suitable for all, particularly those recovering from surgery or serious illness both physical and mental.
Senior Tutor and Founder of Yoga for Harmony (BWY Dip.)
I began practising yoga in 1993, my studies beginning with roots in Iyengar Yoga. I loved the attention to alignment and the discipline of regular practise that my first tutor taught. However, fairly soon I moved towards the idea of natural body movements, posture work related to the natural function of the body, and the well being of the body as a whole. I became interested in the deeper aspects of anatomy and started to understand the relevance of a whole body experience, moving away from the breaking down of the body into parts and imitating shapes in yoga postures.
I now very much enjoy teaching people of all ages and abilities and I enjoy helping people with some of the greater physical and emotional issues that life can bring, through well studied and understood yoga movements and practises.
My teacher training was with British Wheel of Yoga and I completed the Diploma course in 2004, but began teaching as a cover tutor in 2002. It was a 500 hour, 3 year training with an additional year Foundation Course. I continue to develop and deepen my own practise and attend continuous training as I believe that experience and developing knowledge is essential to good teaching.
My personal yoga development over the last 20 years has been with teachers such as Peter Blackaby, Gary Carter, Monica Voss, which broadly speaking would be considered Scaravelli inspired.
I completed an intensive ‘Anatomy and Movement Course’ with Gary Carter in 2010. This was an exploration of the anatomy of movement in relation to practice, movement analysis, 3-D work, and experiential anatomy. It encouraged yoga teachers to ‘see’ their students more clearly, thus helping with rehabilitative issues. The course aimed to help yoga teachers take a flexible, intelligent approach to their specific field with individual students.
In 2011, I undertook a 2 year ‘Grounded Yoga Course’ for tutors with founder members of the Association of Independent Yoga Practitioners. Peter Blackaby teaching biomechanics, Professor Peter Connolly teaching philosophy, Dr. Christine McHugh teaching homeostatic regulation through yoga, Diane Farrell teaching the psychology of the body, and Taravajra teaching mindfulness. The aim was to understand how yoga can bring productive change to the body, the mind, and the breath and improve our sense of relationship to the environment in which we find ourselves.
I draw on these trainings enormously in my own teaching today, and I continue to work with Gary and Peter on a regular basis.
The Yoga for Harmony Studio ‘evolved’ in 2006, out of a personal desire to have my own space in which to teach, but also as a business and career challenge.
It was built with no financial backing but simply from savings, loans from family and my dear friend who bought the property in the first place and took a year to fully redevelop and fit the studio. I bought the mats and blocks to start with and then just opened up, putting any profits straight back into more equipment purchases and promotions.
The early tutors were well respected colleagues and who joined me on my journey – I had a timetable of 5 classes a week to start with and now have a very full weekly timetable and also offer a wide range of specialist and guest tutor workshops.
Yoga for Harmony is now widely respected both locally and Nationally as a ‘home’ for good quality yoga and very experienced tutors.