The osteopath yogi - how yoga came to WNT
By West Norwood Therapies Team, Oct 28 2019 11:43AM
Osteopath and yoga teacher Yinka, aka #theosteopathyogi shares her experience of the journey in bringing yoga to West Norwood Therapies - how far we have come!
I have been an Osteopath for 27 years and have taught yoga for 20 years, gaining my Diploma with the British Wheel of Yoga in 2000. The regulated BWYQ Certificate and Diploma qualifications require level 4 attainment and are therefore equivalent to an HNC/ first year of a foundation Degree and is a 500 hours qualification. This is the highest level of yoga teacher training currently available in the UK.
I began teaching yoga to primary school teachers in Brixton, and this slowly evolved to include anyone who wanted to come along to my class. In January 2015 I was forced to give up the teaching space that I had used, given the cost of renting suitable space I thought that I would have a lengthy break from teaching, but I was wrong. In October 2014 West Norwood Therapies (WNT) was founded and I began offering osteopathic care in Room 1. Room 1 is quite large, and Jennie and I thought perhaps if we moved furniture and screened off part of the room, we could use the space for a class. On the 1st of February we ran a trial class, it went well, and I decided to go for it. With the support of the fantastic Women of the WNT team Yoga with Yinka at WNT was born. The first classes started on Wednesday 25th of February 2015. I was determined to make it work, arriving early to shift furniture, and hoovering afterwards (in those days we had carpet). The classes went from strength to strength and as word got around; in November 2017 I was able to start a class on Friday morning and at the beginning of this year I began a Thursday morning class as well.
My teaching style is relaxed, informative and tailored to suit those who prefer a smaller group setting. I build gradually to the fuller expression of the postures, modifying as necessary or required. There is a community supportive feel to the classes and many of the original Wednesday morning yogis still attend. Because of my teaching style, and the room space I run the classes on a 6-week block booking that runs parallel to the school term so that those caring for school age children can attend without missing out. The feedback I have had over the years has given me the confidence to take Yoga with Yinka into the NHS and at the beginning of May this year I began teaching yoga at a GP surgery. There are referral criteria and GP’s refer those they feel could benefit to the classes. Since 2015 the WNT team quickly realised that movement-based classes work well and we now have Emma who teaches Vinyasa flow, antenatal and restorative yoga, Hannah who teaches Qi Gong and Tai Chi and more recently Jenny who teaches Feldenkrais. We are soon to be joined by Laura reflexologist and yoga teacher.
Coming soon will be Yoga with Yinka workshops for low back pain and in the meantime, wherever you do your yoga, enjoy your practice.
Yinka aka #theosteopathyogi
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