The yoga teachers
Cathy has been practising yoga since 1999. Although initially interested in various forms, she always found herself drawn to the strength, flow and discipline of the ashtanga system. After a trip to Yoga Plus in Crete 2002 (with teachers Pierre Seghir and Radha Warrell) a true appreciation and understanding of Mysore-style daily practise began to unfold. Initially learning with Alexander Medin at Yoga Place in Bethnal Green, later on with Hamish Hendry at Ashtanga Yoga London, she also completed a British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course at this time. Over the years she has attended several workshops and intensives with internationally renowned teachers including David Swenson, Richard Freeman, and Rolf and Marci Naujokat.
In 2008 she made her first trip to The Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India. Since then she has returned regularly for extended periods of study with her teacher R Sharath Jois and in 2014 received level 2 authorization to teach the primary and intermediate series.
Cathy now runs Glasgow’s only daily Mysore self practice programme. Her passion is for the practise of ashtanga as taught by Shri K Pattabhi Jois and his family in Mysore. She endeavours to teach, share and pass this method on to others as it was taught to her, in an approachable, friendly and compassionate way.
Gerry began the practice and study of yoga as a teenager. He trained at the Rathdowne Yoga Room in Melbourne Australia and at the Edinburgh Iyengar Yoga Institute for 2 years. Gerry qualified as an Iyengar teacher in 1995, and in 1997 he also studied intensively at the Iyengar Institute in Pune India.
Gerry's interest in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga began in 1995, his first teacher being David Svenson. He also studied with Richard Freeman in Boulder, Colorado, and has studied with BKS Iyengar and Shri. K. Pattabhi Jois.
During his study time, which still continues, Gerry began teaching in 1993. He has been challenged by many different teaching environments as well as teaching regular classes and courses. He currently co directs balance in Glasgow and conducts workshops and retreats around the United Kingdom and internationally. He is also founder and principal to the balance yoga teacher training course.
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Maureen Smith completed her 2-year training in October 2002 at the Edinburgh Iyengar Centre. She also holds an instructors certificate in Infant Massage from the International Association of Infant Massage as well as having a Birthlight Diploma in Ante-natal and Post-natal Yoga. Maureen is a Registered General Nurse and Health Visitor with over 30 years experience.
Since completing her teacher training with Gerry at balance in Jan 2009, Jane has been teaching weekly classes ever since, both at balance and elsewhere, and continues to expand her knowledge and training. Jane first became interested in yoga as a teenager and has attended many classes & workshops of different styles at home and abroad over the years. Since regularly attending Gerry's classes from 1998, Jane's learning, practice and commitment to yoga has deepened and grown and she teaches in an approachable, humorous (yet committed!) and down to earth manner.
Eileen began studying yoga as a teenager, then after some years, re-discovered it again in 1998 when she joined Gerry's classes. Gerry's teaching, and his innovative approach encouraged her to more frequent practice. Since then yoga has become a growing part of her life and she has continued to widen her study and practice, completing her teacher training in 2009.
Eileen has taught across a number of disciplines throughout her professional career and looks forward to applying this experience to yoga teaching. She is interested in the support yoga gives to a healthy body, the importance of the breath and the maintenance of our muscles and joints over the years.
David is a balance graduate teacher with a keen interest in the personal development potential and the total physical and mental well being, gained through regular practice. A further area of interest is the beneficial effects of yoga as a physical discipline in helping to combat stress, tension and anxiety, especially in today's fast paced, changing and perhaps less certain environment. David believes that balance is a unique centre of excellence promoting holistic health and wellbeing and has first hand experience of the high quality teacher training environment and continuing practice under Gerry's direction, together with the benefits from the complementary balance disciplines, philosophy and approach.
As yoga has the potential to benefit everyone and many benefits flow from even the basic asanas or poses, David's teaching focus is aimed at passing-on and building integrated technique, synchronising the body and breath for safe progression and learning, thereby discovering, through increased personal insight and awareness, what works for the individual.
David's experience and background in body movement and conditioning also includes the study of Tai-Chi; Chi-Kung, as well as Karate; studying as a member of the Shotokai association, under the direction of master Mitsusuke Harada MBE whose genius in the study of mind & body movement and control in the martial arts is renowned as truly insightful and inspiring and who continues to practice daily, at the age of 82.
Sarah began practising yoga regularly as a teenager whilst rehabilitating a dance injury. As her training in performing arts continued, Sarah's interest and respect for yoga deepened. Sarah started practising Ashtanga yoga at The Exeter Yoga Centre where she found the primary series to be both restorative and a place of stability in times of change.
Sarah moved to Glasgow in 2003 where she has been principally tutored by Gerry Kielty and attended classes and workshops with teachers such as Allison Dearling and David Swenson. She has travelled extensively and has been particularly inspired by the culture and traditions of India and South East Asia, her experiences have motivated her to bring different aspects of yoga to the classroom and her own practice.
Since graduating from the Balance Yoga Teaching course in 2010, Sarah has been teaching a range of yoga classes and one to one tuition.
Stephanie is a Chartered Physiotherapist, working within the NHS, where she is part of a team delivering a therapeutic service for people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (M.E.). She also provides one to one, and group based support for people with chronic illness.
Her personal interest in yoga has grown over the last few years. With the benefit of skilled teaching and guidance from Gerry and Maureen, she is increasingly convinced of the role of yoga practice in the development and maintenance of all round good health and wellbeing.
Stephanie completed the Teacher Training programme at balance graduating in 2011, and is delighted to be able to help others to experience and share the benefits of yoga practice
Michele has been practising yoga for over a decade, studying principally with Gerry Keilty and laterally also with Maureen Smith, graduating from the Balance Teacher Training programme in 2013. She has complemented her studies with many workshops and retreats led by various highly respected teachers including Yogi Ashokananda which has helped her develop a deeper appreciation of the unity of both body and mind. Understanding that the greatest teacher in life is the life we lead she has for the last ten years studied intensively with The School of Philosophy in Glasgow focussing on the importance of self reflection and cultivating a strong meditation practise from which she benefits daily. Her classes integrate the importance of proper physical alignment and breath awareness to create a solid foundation of mindful movement.
Lorraine has been practicing yoga since 2002 and on completing a 2.5 year intensive teacher training course with the British Wheel of Yoga has been teaching since 2006.
Experienced in teaching one to one sessions, workshops and yoga retreats, she practices and takes inspiration from different forms of yoga, and has been taught by teachers from as far afield as Europe and America and met some wonderful teachers along the way.
Lorraine aims to practice and teach using the attention to detail that she loves, combined with the flow, sequencing, mindfulness and focus on the breath of vinyasa systems. Lorraine’s classes are light, fun and accessible. She is also very interested in the aspects of nutrition and is currently studying for a Diploma, hoping to impart her knowledge of yoga with some nutritional benefits along the way.