At the age of 7, I remember finding this black and white, 1970s yoga book in our living room at home.
To this day, I have no idea where the book came from. But it was a manual of yoga postures. I was mesmerised. Right there and then, I started trying to recreate the poses. I failed dismally. But I was intrigued.
Growing up, I wasn’t really into fitness. I never attended ballet, dance or gymnastics classes although I did enjoy swimming. I was in my 20s, when I started attending yin, hatha and vinyasa yoga classes. I had just bought my first house and I was only a few years into my career working for a IT services organisation. I looked seriously into training as a yoga teacher back then. But it wasn’t the right time. I couldn’t justify the investment. I needed to work; To get some work experience and to pay off my graduate loans.
15 years later in 2019, I completed my 300 hour British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) Teacher Training course over 2 years. I was fortunate to have carried out my teacher training with Richard Adamo. At the time, he was Chair of the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) and had been teaching yoga for over 30 years. He came into yoga from an Iyengar background and later moved into Ashtanga-based classes.
You may not have heard of the BWY before. They are the largest yoga organisation in the UK and the governing body for yoga under Sport England. The quality of BWY training is second to none with internal verification and safeguarding procedures coupled with extensive support and continuing professional development.
“Gemma is an exceptionally kind, patient, experienced and knowledgeable yoga teacher. Her practice leaves me feeling, calm, refreshed, energised and supported. I feel exceptionally lucky to be able to share my yoga journey with her and I would thoroughly recommend her classes for novices through to experienced yogis alike.”Penny M.
As a continual student, I believe that the journey of yoga is never ending, and to be a good teacher, I must remain a practitioner. It is only through my own continued practice, study, and learning from the experiences of my students, that I can lead yoga classes in Rugby and surrounding areas.