I am very excited about launching the new website for Canterbury Yoga. This has taken a while to develop but I am delighted that it is finally going live. Thanks to Dave and Laurence for all the work they have put into and also to Peter Edlin who took many of the photos. It was difficult to get a day when all my busy yoga teachers could come along to have their photos taken in the studio but we finally managed that plus collating all the information for the website.
We offer something quite unique at Canterbury Yoga and I feel really proud of how it has grown since 2005 and this has been due to support from all the enthusiastic yogis in the area! Lina Newstead and I have been running yoga teacher training courses here since 2007, these run for three years and are a big commitment in time and energy for both students and teachers. We have a group of yoga teachers completing the latest course this December and they will then receive the British Wheel of Yoga Diploma qualifying them to teach. As part of their training they have to be observed teaching three times and the course is verified by the British Wheel of Yoga to ensure a high standard of teaching. All our verifications have gone well and we have been commended for running an “efficient and effective course”. Running a teacher training course ensures that I keep up to date with the latest theories and ideas in teaching yoga as I attend many training weekends. I think this is important because although yoga is an ancient art it is also evolving and developing in the light of modern knowledge about anatomy and physiology. We are learning about how to adapt poses to make them comfortable and safe for people with different physical abilities.
So we adapt poses so everyone can gain a benefit from their yoga practice. My husband started yoga when he retired and typical of many men, his joints had stiffened up due to sitting at a desk for much of his working life. On one occasion I helped him to get into the Bow pose with the help of ties and belts and one of my students wondered whether his version of the pose could be renamed the trussed turkey and others wondered whether we weren’t demonstrating some obscure bondage technique!