Hi, my name is Haze and I run Access To Yoga with the aim of making yoga accessible for everyone.
I have enjoyed practicing yoga for about 8 years. Having witnessed the physical and mental benefits, I decided to embark on a teacher training course myself. Five years ago, I received my 200 hours of training from the internationally renowned yoga teacher, Bridget Woods Kramer, at Triyoga in London.
I learnt from Bridget’s teaching to apply safe alignment principles whilst having fun and not taking ourselves too seriously. My classes follow these principles.
Whilst training I was offered the opportunity to teach a small, weekly yoga class at Cowan House Consulting & Lifestyle Centre. The practical teaching experience this gave me was invaluable, and, to this day I feel so privileged and thankful for both the opportunity and responsibility that was entrusted in me.
I am still teaching weekly classes at Cowan House and feel so passionate about sharing my enthusiasm for yoga. With all the positive feedback I’ve received from my clients, particularly those who had relief from pain as a result of attending my classes, I was motivated to set up my own small studio – a place where I can teach beginners privately or in small groups of up to three people, nurturing them until they feel confident enough to join a class. Ultimately, my aim is to encourage as many people as possible to join a yoga class and feel the benefits for themselves.
Although yoga teacher training covers elements of managing pregnant women in class, I felt that I wanted to do a dedicated pregnancy yoga training so that I could offer these specialized classes locally. Firstly, I did advanced training with Bridget. I then completed a full pre and post-natal yoga course with a wonderful teacher, Sally Parkes Yoga and continue to receive updates so that I can keep abreast of any changes or developments which can help my students. I now offer three pregnancy classes each week and have the added benefit of meeting some lovely mums and their babies following the birth.
I became aware that there were a number of people who really wanted to try yoga but they felt that general yoga classes may be a bit too challenging for them. I developed my Gentle Yoga classes to meet the needs of these people. Many have since transitioned to do stronger poses – which is great news.
I am really passionate about teaching seniors – I’m guessing this comes from working for Alzheimer’s Society for 24 years. I now dedicate myself full-time to teaching yoga but will never forget the years spent working as Services Manager for this great charity. As a result, early 2020 I started teaching Chair-based yoga classes at Cowan House. These classes mainly appeal to the senior generation but it has been great to welcome one or two younger people recovering from knee operations. I studied with Sherry Zak-Morris from Yoga Vista Academy.
Senior Stretch is a new class being added to my offerings: this will appeal to seniors who love to stretch and can easily get up and down from the floor as we work mainly on the floor on a mat with the addition of some free-standing positions. Whilst we are still affected by Covid19 restrictions we will be starting this class via Zoom but will find a suitable space when these lift.
Most of my classes are small classes which particularly appeal to those who do not wish to join a larger class for whatever reason.
Due to necessity, with the onset of Covid19, I have been offering yoga classes online via Zoom. It has been great to see how well people have adapted to this. At some point in the future, when we are safe to return to our small venues, we will do so. However, I have received some requests to keep some classes on Zoom. So, watch this space!
I would like to offer grateful thanks to Bridget, Sally & Sherry for being such wonderful teachers and encouraging me to continue my yoga journey. Like most yoga teachers, I am always studying more aspects of yoga. There is always so much to learn both from yoga schools and from our clients. I’m blessed to have such lovely clients and I look forward to meeting more of you along my journey.
Insurance & Qualifications
- Fully insured and a member with Yoga Alliance UK.
- Certified 200 hour Anusara Inspired yoga teacher.
- Advanced Teacher Training in Pre & Post Natal Yoga
- Sally Parkes Pregnancy & Postnatal teacher
- Anatomy for Yoga 20hrs
- Certified Chair Yoga teacher with Yoga Vista Academy
- Currently studying Wheelchair Yoga and Chair Yoga Dance.
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