Time to get to know the two inspiring new teachers who will be guiding you on your yoga path from June. Dani and Jess are both qualifying in similar styles and have each found a deep relationship with yoga - beyond the physical. I know they will help keep the magic of yoga alive and well in the Andover and Amesbury area over the coming few years!
Hello yogi friends, I’m Dani – Mummy to 2 little ones with a passion for movement and yoga!I was first introduced to yoga shortly after my first child was born; through attending ‘Mummy and Me’ yoga classes. I vividly remember thinking ‘Yoga is too slow, too easy, too spiritual – not for me’. How wrong I was! I went along with a friend, not expecting to fall in love with the practice.
Given my background as a qualified ballet and contemporary dancer, the physical postures often came easily to me. However, what inspired me most about yoga was how I overcame many mental challenges through practicing. It helped me balance the stresses of everyday life and the strains of being a new working Mummy. I quickly became obsessed with it and found myself practicing every day, devouring any information on yoga and yoga philosophy I could get my hands on! Along with mindfulness meditation, my practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible, focused and has inspired me to be more mindful in every area of my life.
Yoga has become my dream – a dream that I want to share with others to empower and inspire them to reap the benefits it has to offer, and become the best version of themselves they can be. In 2017 I decided to follow this dream and began training as a Registered Yoga Teacher with YogaLondon in Ashtanga based Vinyasa Flow, which I will complete later this year.
My classes combine creative sequencing with dynamic flows and a dose of mindfulness to help deepen your practice. They are suitable for all levels as I guide you through variations to make postures more accessible for beginners, as well as challenging more experienced students. With a particular focus on alignment and the breath, I endeavour to help you nurture your body, mind and soul through yoga; allowing you to step off the mat feeling refreshed and balanced.
I am so excited to be covering Stacey’s classes whilst she is away. As lots of you may know, I have been attending her beautiful classes since I moved to the area last year. She has become my teacher, mentor and most importantly an amazing friend. I look forward to seeing you all on the mat soon.
Follow Dani on Instagram here
Hi, I'm Jess and I been practising yoga for 3 years. My love for yoga came from a desire to meet new people after moving abroad. Initially it was all about meeting people and staying fit but I soon discovered that yoga had a lot more meaning to me.
On moving back to England I began to practise up to three times a week taking classes at a local yoga shala and practising at home. I had never been particularly flexible or spiritual but something in my whole being was drawing me further and further into the mystery of yoga.
The physical and mental change in me when practising yoga was overwhelming. I could get out of my mind and into my body. I began to recognise the emotions in my body and how they affected my behaviour and mind. Yoga had a whole new meaning to me and it was something I wanted to explore further.
After much toing and froing, I left my full time job and began the Wild, Vibrant Yogi 200RYT Teacher Training, Hatha Vinyasa Yoga, in Oxfordshire. The journey has been one of self discovery on a physical, spiritual and emotional level and I have never looked back choosing to listen to my heart and follow my joy!
I teach Hatha Vinyasa Yoga with a real emphasis on breath work. Using the power of the
breath, we hold standing and seated poses for 5-7 breaths to allow students to understand, integrate and feel the benefits of each pose. I love the feeling of openness in the body and focus on flowing from the heart allowing the body to open up to strength, balance and stillness. You don't need to be able to touch your toes to start yoga. Yoga is for everyone and I am passionate about holding the space for everyone to come and practice in a safe, supported and comfortable environment.
Follow Jess on Instagram here and like her Yoga facebook page here