Yoga Teacher

Classes are taught by Julia Wheatley, who holds the British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma, and has been teaching traditional hatha yoga to people of all ages and levels of ability since 1989.

BWY is recognised by Sport England as the national governing body for yoga in the UK. BWY's guiding philosophy is to promote a greater understanding of yoga and its safe practice through experience, education, discussion, study and training.

Yoga style

My style is quite eclectic, drawing influences from aspects of Iyengar, Sivananda and Satyananda schools, as well as teachers incluing Donna Farhi, Erich Schiffman, Mukunda Stiles and Judith Lasater. I do not teach fast moving or 'hot' yoga styles (eg Ashtanga or Bikram), however some short sequences (eg classical Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar) and a Warrior (Virabhadrasana) sequence are sometimes included. I like to include the sanskrit name as well as the English version of the postures.

Teaching experience

I have taught several BWY Foundation Yoga courses (a pre-teacher training course), participated in a Foundation course in Yoga Therapy, and training in Thai Yoga Massage. I have been leading yoga and yoga and walking breaks for HF Holidays since 1994. In November 2017 I'm teaching at Bourton-on-the-Water, while in 2018 I will be teaching at Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight in June and August.

I have experience of teaching yoga to prisoners on a drug rehabilitation programme, visually impaired people, and to school students at risk of exclusion. I worked as an NHS nurse for 5 years. I am a member of the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) and the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS). 

Development

As required by the British Wheel of Yoga, and for the benefit of students and my own personal interest, I take at least two in-service training days each year. Topics have included:  ​ 'Freeing the Breath' - Yoga for Special Needs  - Pranayama: Phases of Breathing Practice  - How Yoga can help Sports People  - Understanding the Needs of Senior Citizen Yoga Practitioners - Common Ailments and Conditions: What is Best Yoga Practice?​ - Well Woman Yoga

Julia in Warrior 2 pose

More yoga poses

Somerset yoga teacher  in Warrior pose