Pregnancy is easily one of the most transformative times in a person’s life: you’re growing a whole other person, which is equal parts mind-blowing and thrilling. At Yoga Quota, we know that there is no ‘right’ way to do pregnancy. We thoroughly acknowledge that everybody is different before pregnancy, which follows through into each person having their own unique experience of pregnancy.
Here at Yoga Quota, we’re guided by the principle of making yoga more accessible to everyone, we do this through our amazing Badgeholders who commit to spread the benefits of yoga in their communities. This ranges from teaching classes for people with mental health issues, to a wide range of people with disabilities. A lot of our charity classes are chair yoga classes.
Another way we can make yoga asana practice more accessible is through using other supports, like a wall.
Catherine is one of our amazing Badgeholders, based in Sheffield. She teaches charity classes for Sheffield Hallam Student Minds, and recently began teaching at the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind. Here, she write about her experiences teaching yoga for the visually impaired. Thank you for all your incredible work, Catherine!
Teaching the charity classes for Yoga Quota has been such an enriching experience as it involved a completely different style when teaching to beginners. Over the past few weeks, I've taken the challenge a step further by teaching short 30-minute chair yoga classes at the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind.
As part of their teacher training, we ask our trainees to write a blog post sharing their thoughts on their experience, or a favourite topic that comes up during the course. Liz is now half-way through her teacher training journey, and shares her reflections on the journey so far. Thank you Liz!
I’m coming up to my tenth module of nineteen and around the half way point in my training so I felt this was a good time to look back and reflect on what I’ve learnt so far.
I had wanted to do yoga teacher training for a couple of years, but I also knew that I wanted to have a baby soon. A look at most teacher training courses on offer made it seem that the two things couldn’t possibly be compatible. Yoga teacher training often means a lot of time away from home, either weekends in London or intensive blocks in pretty much any location you can think of. I was so happy and excited when Anne and Harriet told me about the Yoga Quota training. The flexibility of being able to take modules at different times, to make up things I had missed and train in Oxford were perfect for me.