My first experience of yoga was attending a weekly pregnancy yoga class in east London in 1998-99, though it was more about meeting and chatting with like-minded women than doing much yoga. I moved to Leamington Spa in 2002 and started attending Mark Freeth’s yoga classes in 2003. I was hooked immediately and began attending several classes a week, as well as workshops with various teachers over the years such as Richard Freeman, Liz Lark, Ana Forrest and Edward Clark. I completed Mark’s teacher training in 2007 and began teaching in early 2009.
At my Monday evening class at Stonemonkey, we do a dynamic, flowing sequence of postures (sun salutations, standing and seated postures, inversions – backbends, shoulderstand and/or headstand), different each week depending on who is in class and perhaps a specific theme such as hip- or shoulder-opening, balancing or postures named after birds! My Monday morning and Wednesday evening classes are similar but at a slightly slower pace and we do a gentle warm-up sequence first. All three classes are suitable for all levels as I show you modified versions of the poses if necessary. I am also available for one-to-one yoga sessions – call me on 07941 944 399 to discuss this or for more information on my classes.
When not practising yoga, I’m a part-time fundraiser for Safeline (a charity based in Warwick) and I am also a qualified Thai massage therapist. See www.paulajonesmassage.co.uk.