The yoga teachers
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 (accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals).
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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.
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.
Jane was lucky enough to be introduced to yoga whilst still at school by her then English teacher in 1983. Following a spinal fracture about a year later she used yoga and cycling to help the rehabilitation process and continued to attend classes thereafter over many years.
It was not until 1998 after discovering Gerry's classes that the interest really began to grow. Initial foundation training for one year in 2004 with the British Wheel helped deepen interest and motivation to train to be a teacher. Completion of the first teacher training diploma delivered by Gerry in 2009 was a very natural progression thereafter and since qualifying she has been teaching at balance and elsewhere ever since.
Jane has an open minded approach to the practice and not rigid to one style, continuously drawing on influences gained through time spent studying at home or on travels with many well known yoga teachers. She also has a particular interest in intuitive adjustments and keen to continue learning in this area.
Jane also works part time in the field of sports and physical activity development, continues to cycle and loves to spend time in the mountains.
Laughter and fun are a big part of her yoga teaching style and she thoroughly enjoys teaching at a local level. Jane continues to attend Gerry's class most weeks as a student herself.
Sue first got curious about yoga 24 years ago whilst pregnant with her son. Little did she know that these first explorations were the beginning of a journey that would eventually lead to teaching.
Over the years that followed Sue tried and practiced various styles on and off, in search of 'something' to calm her noisy mind and help with navigating the joys and challenges that life on earth entails, before finding her love and passion for Ashtanga in 2009.
After a series of workshops with David Swenson, Nancy Gilgoff, Joey Miles amongst others, Sue started studying with John Scott in 2011 and graduated from his teacher training programme in 2014. She continues to study with her main teachers John Scott and Manju Pattabhi Jois as often as she can. Sue is also qualified to teach yoga in prisons and rehabilitation facilities.
In 2015, Sue quit her corporate job and started teaching full time. The previous two winters, Sue spent six months in India fully immersing herself in yoga, yoga philosophy, the various therapeutic benefits yoga has on body and mind as well as assisting her teacher, John Scott in Purple Valley, Balu Thevar at his shala in Arambol and teaching her own classes in the Goan sunshine.
Just recently, a simple twist of fate brought Sue to Glasgow where she will be teaching the Mysore programme and workshops at balance.
Sue's teaching style is intuitive, nurturing, encouraging and playful, passing on what she has learnt from her teachers in the lineage of the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, founder of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
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.
She currently has a blog full of interesting posts and articles which you can access through her Facebook page here.
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