"A sense of equilibrium and equanimity"

The first yoga class I attended was in a church hall in the mid 1990s. The teacher was in her 60s, with amazing strength and mobility. I was in a class filled with yoga students several decades older than me. They all had better levels of flexibility, focus and balance than I did. Each session ended with tea and cake served to all the students; a bygone age. Those students have served as an inspiration to me ever since. I've also discovered that yoga is an excellent companion to many other forms of exercise. Most of all, it is the sense of equilibrium and equanimity that I experience at the end of a good yoga practice that keeps me returning.

In 2002 I decided to train as a British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) teacher. Thanks to the high standards and generous, warm-hearted support of inspirational teachers like Sarah Davey, Marlyn Miles, Kay Luckman and Monica Burton, I qualified as a BWY-accredited teacher in 2004.

The yoga classes I have taught have greatly enriched my experience and understanding. They include:

  • Yoga classes for Oaklands College and West Herts College

  • Yoga classes for Mind, the mental health charity

  • A "50 and Beyond" class for Sportspace, the Dacorum Sports Trust

  • A number of private yoga classes in Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead

Penny qualified as a British Wheel of Yoga teacher in 2004, and was a yoga student for ten years before that.
The British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) is the National Governing Body for Yoga and the largest yoga membership organisation in the country, with a national network of over 4,000 qualified teachers. BWY teacher training takes between two and three years to complete, with rigorous entrance requirements, and is a nationally recognised yoga teacher qualification.

A BWY Qualified Yoga Teacher

  • Is covered by BWY insurance (Public liability/ Professional Indemnity cover)

  • Has an up to date First Aid At Work certificate (BWY requirement)

  • Undertakes annual professional teacher training and personal development to stay up to date and maintain skills (BWY requirement)