A Yoga JourneyBack
Posted by Penny Cronyn (Penny Yoga) on 12 Apr 2016
The first yoga class I attended was in a church hall over twenty years ago. 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.
In 2004 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. I have now been teaching yoga in Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead for ten years.
My own personal practice and teaching has evolved over the past decade towards a more gentle yoga practice. My classes are shaped by my BWY “Hatha Yoga” training, as well as being influenced by the excellent teachers I still work with in my personal and professional development. Peter Blackaby‘s Humanist Yoga and Gill Ansty‘s Vini Yoga have been inspirational to me.
I’m drawn to the idea of a compassionate and intelligent yoga practice that recognizes students as individuals. I work collaboratively with my students to help them evolve a yoga practice that serves them well.
I practise yoga because I’m motivated by the sense of well-being I feel at the end of each class. Yoga provides a calm, quiet, sane space, amid the hurly-burly buzz and cacophony of life.