Elaine Whittaker - Yoga and Mindfulness teacher. Sound Therapist and Reiki Practitioner
I've been enjoying yoga myself for about 40 years and teaching for 12 years. I trained and qualified to teach with the British Wheel of Yoga - one of the most respected yoga schools, renowned for it's high standards. This training comprised of a Foundation Course for one year, and then a two year Teacher Training programme to gain my teaching Diploma (500 a hour course).
I love sharing my joy of yoga, meditation and mindfulness with others through my teaching. I have also continued my training and development, gaining additional qualifications in teaching older adults, yoga for back pain, pregnancy yoga, meditation and adapting exercise for antenatal and postnatal clients, and pilates. In addition I regularly attend study days to ensure my knowledge and skills are kept up to date. Plus, I have underaken additional training to qualify as a Reiki Practitioner and also as a Sound Therapist (training with both the Healing Sound Academy and the Northern School of Sound Smiths).
During my training and over the years of my yoga journey, I've enjoyed many different styles of yoga - including Hatha, Dru, Iyengar and Yin. When teaching yoga, I blend all of them to provide gentle, nurturing classes that provide interest and challenge, but in a supportive, non-competitive environment. I encourage my students to explore their yoga practice, to unwind, to relax, to stretch, and above all to be mindful.
Whether you are coming to yoga for the first time, or have been practicing yoga for many years, you will be welcomed.
In my sound work, I aim to offer a welcoming, safe space where you can open the vibrations of sound and enter a state of very deep relaxation - releasing stresses that may have built up over many months or years.
Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame. BKS Iyengar
Sometimes the most important thing in the whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths. Etty Hillesum
Elaine explains more about the benefits of yoga in this short video: