Jill has been practising yoga for forty-plus years. She is a member of The British Wheel of Yoga and a qualified BWY teacher. The BWY Teacher Training Diploma is a very comprehensive course which takes between 2 and 4 years to complete, and covers anatomy/physiology, yoga philosophy and many other aspects of yoga in great detail. Jill also is a mindfulness meditation teacher.
In addition to being a yoga teacher Jill is a qualified beauty and massage therapist She worked at Champneys Spa in Henlow, Beds. She then trained as a mental health nurse practitioner and a counsellor.
Jill has experience in teaching several styles of yoga but mostly enjoys teaching hatha yoga flow. She has recently qualified to teach yin yoga, a very deeply nourishing, strengthening and restorative style of yoga. She is starting to introduce this into her classes and workshops. She finds yin yoga effectively balances and complements hatha yoga flow.
Once or twice a month Jill and Lynda Dodgeon offer ‘Yoga and Pamper’ days at Lynda’s purpose-built yoga barn in Cheriton Bishop, a tranquil setting where you can enjoy views of Dartmoor. When the weather is fine it’s lovely to practise yoga in the beautiful gardens. Following the morning’s yoga practice Lynda serves a 3-course vegetarian lunch (dietary requirements are catered for). Visitors then can enjoy a massage of their choice and spend time to relax in the hot tub and steam room.
The practice of yoga asanas (postures) strengthens and tones muscles, develops flexibility and can improve a variety of ailments. Psychologically, yoga increases concentration, stills the mind and promotes wellbeing, tranquility and contentment.
With practice, the benefits of yoga are:
- the body becomes stronger and more flexible
- stiffness and tensions are eased
- breathing improves
- energy increases
- relaxation is easier
Yoga is about learning to come back to yourself. It’s about expanding your boundaries, finding your limits and being able to truly relax and be yourself.
It’s about taking time to remember who you are but perhaps have forgotten while being caught up in the whirlwind of a fast-paced life.