Sophie @ Yoga on the hill
Having trained as a dancer, I discovered yoga about eleven years ago as therapy for a back injury. I was amazed by my physical and mental transformation, and fell in love with the practice. By that time I was working as a primary school teacher, so with my busy London life I combined a dedicated practice to yoga, with dance and Pilates, but found it was yoga that made me feel calmer, more grounded and free in my body.
I was fortunate to be accepted at triyoga London, one of Europe's top teacher-training programmes. I graduated in 2017 after two years of intense study in the fields of asana (posture), philosophy, anatomy, alignment and breath. My internationally acclaimed teachers included Carlos Pomeda, Mimi Kuo-Deemer and Jeannie Hall.
I integrate many elements of yoga into my teaching, using it in everyday studies and PE lessons. The beneficial impact on the classroom environment, the children’s inter-personal relationships and general wellbeing, has been evident. Parents have commented on how their children sleep better, are more attentive and more able to concentrate.
With this in mind I undertook the “Rainbow Kids Teacher Training Course,” and “Westminster Special Schools Training and Outreach programme for SEN and disabilities, Special Yoga course.” I have attended workshops with Donna Farhi, Anna Ashby and Jeff Pheonix. More recently, I have undertaken trainings in pregnancy and post natal yoga at Yogamama. I am grateful to my teachers past and present who have inspired me not only to teach but to live a joyful and contented life.
I teach Vinyasa yoga, with attention to breath sequencing and alignment, because I love its rhythmic quality and flow.
QUALIFICATIONS & ACCREDITATIONS:
triyoga Teacher Training diploma (390 hours - British Wheel of Yoga & Yoga Alliance UK) 2017
Rainbow Kids yoga teacher training (Yoga Alliance UK) 2017
Post Graduate Certificate in Education – Greenwich University 2009
BA Hons Dance Studies - Middlesex University 2003
Westminster special Schools – Special Yoga training 2017
DBS certificate 2019
First Aid certificate – 2019
Safeguarding and Child Protection Training (updated February 2019)
Children’s Yoga tree workshop - Holding the Space Fun vs Discipline 2017
Children's Yoga tree workshop - Family Yoga 2017
Jason Crandell Teachers Renewal 2018 - Sequencing, Assisting. Arm Balances
Postnatal Yoga CPD Workshop - Yoga Mama 2019
Pincha / Forearm Stand Workshop with Caroline Pegna 2019
Louisa Drake Method - Sculpt instructor training