My experience - Helen's website 2017

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I have practised yoga for 30 years and first qualified as a yoga teacher in 1991. During this time I have taught a wide range of students, from beginners to intermediate, including children, disabled people and people with chronic health problems, including recurring back pain.

I have had the good fortune to study with many great teachers in the UK, India, Switzerland, Thailand, Morocco and Hungary. These include:

  • Senior teacher Lilian Biggs in Bradford
  • Senior teacher Jeanne Maslen in Manchester
  • B.K.S. Iyengar and his family at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India and at workshops in UK.
  • Faeq Biria, Bhirjoo Mehta, Firooza Ali, Stephane Lalo
  • Therapeutic yoga with Stephanie Quirk 2006 to 2008
  • Rajiv and Swati Chanchani - 2014 and 2017

Introductory Iyengar teaching certificate 1991
Intermediate Junior teaching certificate level 1 - 2000
Intermediate Junior teaching certificate level 2 - 2001
Intermediate Junior teaching certificate level 3 - 2002
Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs 2012-13
Emergency First Aid at work 2013

Therapeutic yoga
One of the many beauties of the Iyengar method of yoga is that it enables people of all abilities to practice yoga.

I am trained in the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs programme, an empowering course that gives people knowledge, understanding and practical skills with which to manage chronic back problems.

Perhaps because of my earlier career in social work and maybe because my mother, herself a yoga practitioner, became disabled, I am keenly interested in the therapeutic use of yoga. For example, under the supervision of Lilian Biggs (senior teacher) I taught yoga for several years to people with multiple sclerosis at a centre for disabled people. I also worked with GP surgeries providing yoga classes to people with chronic health conditions.

For several years I have taught a class at Sheffield Yoga Centre for people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and have taken additional training to support this.

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