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’m a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals. However from 2002 to 2005 I completed four years of training to obtain The British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course and The British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma with Gill Boag-Munroe. I also certified as a Yogabugs children’s yoga teacher in 2006. I’m currently studying The Science of Teaching Yoga to Athletes 40hr Immersion Course by The Institute of Yoga Sports Science. I have attended many Continued Professional Development days related to many aspects of Yoga, Philosophy, Pranayama, Meditation, Yoga for Athletes & Sports People, Children’s Yoga etc.
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.
Regards the workshops I create and deliver these also include cross-training ‘Yoga for Athletes’. These workshops consider your specific sport at your chosen venue. Sport specific workshops include yoga for: cyclists; runners; tennis players; footballers; hockey players; golfers; dancers etc. for example.
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. After obtaining Yogabugs certification I have been teaching children of all age ranges (3yr 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.