I attended my first yoga class in Bolton with my mum when I was 15 years old; that was the start of my yoga journey. My love of yoga grew over the years and led me to a teacher training course with Brenda Louw at Chillout Yoga in Scotland. Immersing myself in yoga and extending my knowledge with the help of Brenda just re-affirmed the facts – yoga works and I love it!
I starting teaching classes around the Brighouse area where I now live and over the years I have met some truly inspiring people from these classes and made some great friends.
I carried on attending the same yoga class in Bolton until the beginning of 2014 when Norma, my lovely yoga teacher of many years sadly passed away. I was asked by her family to take over her class. This was to be my greatest yoga challenge, to fill such a large void and keep the class running.I would like to think she would be proud of us for carrying on and spreading the joy of yoga, something she dedicated her life to.
Yoga has been a constant benefit for me throughout the years; whatever kind of day I have experienced I always leave a class feeling lighter, calmer and happier. Whether I am teaching or participating.
At the end of December 2015 I gave up my full time job and took the plunge, making yoga my full time occupation.
I completed some training in holistic therapies which complement the yoga practice perfectly. I am very passionate about holistic health. Being able to take care of the body in this way is gentle and nurturing, yet at the same time powerful and very effective.
One student recently commented on what a lovely job I have. I agree and I feel extremely grateful everyday. When I see a person in class close their eyes and move in to a pose, holding their complete attention on themselves, their movement and their breath, tuning out everything and everyone else, I feel proud to be able to be part of that. I know at that moment (as another student has said) that the magic has happened. What could be better than that?
As yoga is constantly evolving I attend workshops and courses. In 2017 I completed a 3 day course on Yin Yoga with Norman Blair. I am constantly learning and there is nothing better than passing on all the knowledge I have collected and watching other people benefit from all yoga has to offer.
When you come to class you will realise that you can release any stress from the day, that you are able to relax into your mat and that you can simply let go and just be.
That’s why yoga makes me smile.
If you still aren’t convinced – I asked my classes to let me know how yoga helps them.
Here are a few responses:
I suffered from lower back pain before I started doing yoga a few years ago, but after a few months it disappeared. I also find it relaxes my mind and body after a hard day at work.–Angie B
This is a friendly, relaxed class, run by a very knowledgeable yoga teacher. Elizabeth makes the sessions interesting and fun – just try doing the face yoga without laughing!–Judith A
I really enjoy the classes. It doesn’t matter how stressful or busy my day has been, I come out of yoga feeling much better. It’s like an instant stress buster!–Sally-Ann