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Jackie stumbled into Yoga in 1971 when she transferred out of the local Adult Education Judo class because she was fed up with being thrown around by large perspiring men.

Unsure about what Yoga involved she then became fascinated and gained her British Wheel of Yoga teaching diploma in 1987.

Jackie has explored various schools of Yoga. Having a contrary lumbar spine and temperamental sacroiliac joint, she was particularly interested in the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli, an Italian aristocrat, whose original teacher was B K S Iyengar. Vanda developed a softer, holistic approach to the Yoga postures, focusing on the breath and gravity to release the spine. Like working from the inside out, starting with the structure (bones) and waking up the deep postural muscles to release the spine. It's not, however, a soft option, requires a lot of attention and once the body wakes up, anything is possible. Jackie believes passionately in this way of approaching Yoga postures because it worked for her, but more importantly, she can see her students benefiting so much from their practice.

Jackie has worked for many years under the tutelage of John Stirk, who has developed his own unique style and was a student of Vanda's until she died in 1999 at the age of 92 years. Jackie's other main influencers are Gary Carter, Bill Wood, Pete Blackaby and Monica Voss.


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