Yoga for real life!
Hi, I’m Vicki and I am a fully insured yoga teacher based in Salford, UK.
I have been practising yoga for 20 years. Quite early on in my relationship with yoga I was sitting in a seated twist on a church hall floor and without warning found myself with tears flowing down my face. I was too embarrassed to ask the teacher that day if this was ‘normal’ (it is!) but it made me realise that yoga was doing more than just keeping me flexible. It was the moment that sparked my interest in the powerful connection between the mind and body, and the power of yoga and meditation to help create harmony between the two. Since that day I have used yoga in its various forms to get me through all of life’s ups and downs.
I dreamed of teaching yoga for years before I took the plunge and trained, finally qualifying after two years of training with yoga elders Janine Hurley and Chelsea Canovas. I have been teaching weekly classes at St James Church Hall, next to Salford Royal Hospital (and online during the Covid-19 pandemic) since March 2019. It is an honour to be in a position to share this wonderful practice with others now. Quite honestly I often don’t feel worthy…..but then my yoga is helping with that!!
As I am sure you can relate, my life feels busy. Aside from teaching yoga, I work part time and am mum to two young boys. My life – and my yoga – rarely look lnstagrammable and so I call this yoga for real life!
As I have got older – and especially as I became a mum – my practice started to move away from the fast, flowing yoga I’d enjoyed in my twenties and early thirties to a practice leaning more towards self-care, relaxation and stress management! What I offer in my classes now is physical movement to keep the body supple and healthy alongside deep relaxation and breathwork. I am particularly interested in yoga for women’s health. I am qualified in pregnancy yoga and hope to add well-woman yoga to my armoury soon!
My classes and private or corporate sessions are open to all and are suitable for all abilities – if you have never practised yoga before you are particularly welcome! I focus on gentle (but powerful) movements to help us drop out of our heads and back into our bodies, along with deep relaxation to combat the stresses of daily life. I teach trauma-sensitive classes and have a hands-off approach, meaning that I don't offer physical adjustments in group classes, but instead empower you to find what feels right for your very individual body.
I look forward to sharing what I have learnt with you. And I look forward to learning from you too.
From my heart to yours.
I am a member of the Independent Yoga Network and a supporter of Yoni Shakti The Movement - a campaign to eradicate the abuse of women in yoga and to reclaim yoga as a tool for planetary healing and justice.
"We begin where we are and how we are, and whatever happens happens"