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Barbara Whiddon

“Through regular yoga practice you will become more aware of yourself and others.”

When I spontaneously dropped into my first yoga class in 1998 I was totally fascinated by it. So much so, that by the end of that year, I travelled to India to spend two months in a yoga ashram. I continued to practice yoga on and off for a number of years before committing to some deeper yogic studies with the option of becoming a teacher at the end of it – a then, three year full time Diploma in Satyananda Yoga.

At PYC, I teach Yin Yoga, having studied with Jo Phee, a direct student of the founder of Yin Yoga, Paul Grilley. Yin Yoga is a wonderful fusion of eastern philosophies – traditional yoga and Chinese medicine – and western anatomical science. Yin Yoga is especially suitable for those who want a quiet space to deeply stretch their bodies, helping to correct postural imbalances and release muscular tensions, while also offering a unique opportunity to connect with an inner world.

Yoga is always with me. It fulfils a huge number of roles in my life. I encourage my students to delve deeper and experience the more subtle realms of the human existence through their yoga practice. In my experience, you don’t need to ‘try’ to become a better yogi. Through regular yoga practice you will become more aware of yourself and others. You will ‘grow’ as individuals. You will become more adaptable, more resilient, your energy (prana) will increase, and you may even develop a sense of our own spirituality, if that is what you seek.