I have been practicing yoga since 1998 and teaching since 2002. My teaching approach to my ADULT CLASSES considers an eclectic mix of various styles of yoga and my own creative ideas from the last 20 years of practicing and teaching. With an exploration of vinyasa styles of yoga, meditation and consideration to your lifestyle I look to find a yoga practice to suit all in my classes.
I initially trained for four years to become a yoga teacher through the British Wheel of Yoga obtaining BWY Foundation Course and BWY Teaching Diploma. The BWY Teaching Diploma is recognised as a high standard qualification for yoga teachers throughout the UK. I’m a Yoga Alliance Professionals Senior Yoga Teacher also.
In 2015 I completed a week long Intensive Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series and Techniques Course with Paul Fox. Ashtanga Yoga continues to influence my own yoga practice. However I very much free-style with my own creative vinyasa's, hence my term ‘Accessible Ashtanga’ (see workshops). I continue to be trained by UK based and worldwide teachers of yoga on my yoga travels including Gregor Maehle.
As well as working with other teachers I am very fond of self-study/practice (Svadhyaya). After all no-one knows you as well as you know yourself! Becoming your own teacher is much fun and full of exploration.
So with a background in the Visual Arts I create imaginative sequences (vinyasa's) and meditations for my ADULT CLASSES and fun yoga adventure stories for my CHILDREN'S CLASSES. In 2006 I obtained YOGABUGS certification and have been teaching CHILDREN of all age ranges (3 year olds to sixth formers) and abilities ever since in schools and many other venues throughout Staffordshire. I create and deliver yoga adventure stories, ‘Sharlene’s Yoga-Little’, for recreation or to compliment the national curriculum.
I also write and deliver my own yoga workshops, retreats and write articles for the yoga press (including OM Yoga & Lifestyle Magazine, Spectrum and Yoga Voices). See Workshop/News and the Article section for further information.
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I have been a professional Visual Artist since I graduated in 1996 with a Visual Arts Honours Degree. Since then I have continued to create and exhibit artwork. I have taught many art workshops and artist in residence placements throughout Birmingham and Staffordshire, working with theatre groups, castles, FE Colleges, schools etc for CHILDREN and ADULTS of all ages and abilities.