The Edges of the Breath

I’M NOT THIN ENOUGH // BENDY ENOUGH // VEGAN ENOUGH TO DO YOGA

When I was in my twenties I knew I would end up teaching. I didn’t know what. Because I didn’t know much about anything at that age.

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And now two decades later I am teaching yoga. And training other people to teach yoga.

I would NEVER have predicted either of those things.

I mean, yoga is for ultra-vegans who live off smoothies and salads, right?

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In fact, all the way through taking my first Yoga Teacher training in 2000, I wasn’t convinced I would ever teach a yoga class.

I didn’t own the right type of leggings for a start. And I thought Tai Chi might turn out to be more my thing. Or swimming.

Anything but yoga.

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But I discovered I enjoyed teaching. And the yoga helped people have less back pain, reduced stress and better sleep.

And so I wound up driving across the West Midlands urban sprawl to teach fifteen classes a week in gyms and leisure centres.

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Currently I only teach three public classes a week. Virtually, cos we can’t meet face to face.

But… I’ve also been busy running my first Yoga Teacher Training!

It is so exciting to see the trainees taking their first steps in creating classes and sharing their love of yoga, and building up their confidence in teaching.

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You’ll notice for the next few weeks there’s a special slot popped up in the online schedule at 8pm on Monday nights, the “Pop Up Teacher Trainee Led Class”…

THESE CLASSES ARE FREE AND ANYONE CAN JOIN but there are only 10 spaces for each session.

You can see if that’s running this week – and if there are any spots left here: https://inspiratrix.as.me

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And if you want to know more about my Teacher Training programme, the plan for 2021 is here.


And here’s a full length class for you to try this week. The intention in this practice is to become more aware of the edges of the breath: the top of the inhale and the end of the exhale.

This slow paced session is all about noticing the subtle sensations you perceive as you breathe, particularly at the top of the inhale and the end of the exhale. If you discover you are holding unconscious tension, explore relaxing and releasing that holding.

This is a fairly simple sequence with lots of floor work, and pauses to help you feel your body and your breath. We also explore several different abdominals: Half Bridge Lifts, Abs with a Roll, Scissors/Straddle, and Oblique Toner.

You will need: your yoga mat, and a couple of cushions or blocks. If you have a bolster and a Forrest Yoga roll, these would also be helpful!

Listen to your body’s needs: do this practice in a way that feels good to you and give yourself permission to modify anything that’s not appropriate for you. Not suitable for pregnant people.

With thanks to Forrest Yoga and Poppy Perinatal yoga.

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