About Jacqui

MY TRAINING

I completed a BSc (Hons) in Sports Studies at Roehampton and became interested in Sports Massage, as it proved to be the most effective treatment for a selection of chronic injuries that I had developed from high mileage road running whilst at University. I wrote my dissertation on sports massage and after graduating went on to do a variety of massage courses, including the critically acclaimed diploma in Sports and Remedial Massage at the LSSM under Mel Cash. This is the highest level of Sports Massage diploma currently available and was the first of it’s kind in the UK when I originally qualified. I have also completed a full Myofascial Release Course at the LSSM (ISRM) under Alex Fugallo, cadaver dissections with Julian Baker (principle of the European College of Bowen Studies), Anatomy Trains with Fiona Palmer, and I will continue to study a range of CPD courses to further deepen my knowledge and advance my practice. I love to learn and am keen to share!

I am a fully qualified, registered and insured LSSM/ISRM practitioner.

I have been extremely lucky to have encountered some hugely talented and inspiring yoga teachers on my own journey and my own sadhana will forever be evolving. In 2010 this culminated in me studying under Claire Missingham on her thoroughly intensive and fully comprehensive teacher training course in London. I continue to study and practise with a variety of highly esteemed Yogis and Yoginis, such as Alessandra Pecorella, Duncan Wong, Melanie Cooper, Denise Martin-Harker , Swami Nityamukatananda and Paul Fox to deepen my own personal practise and enhance my teaching. There is much overlap with my yoga and massage practise and I aim for each to further enhance and consolidate the other.

I am RYT200 qualified and a YOGA ALLIANCE UK registered/insured teacher. I qualified as a Y12SR leader with Nikki Myers at Project Yoga, Richmond, Virginia (USA) in 2012. The Y12SR classes I taught at the Boiler House were the first to be held anywhere in Europe and I now host the Leadership training programme for Y12SR for the UK/Europe. I also provide weekly yoga classes for all clients on the Focus12 drink and drug rehabilitation programme,  as I am a firm advocate of the integration of yoga into rehabilitative programmes and aftercare for addicts, and have been extensively involved in research with Cambridge Neuroscience (Cambridge University) to test the efficacy of this.

Currently I am nearing the completion of my RYT500 with the hugely inspirational Alessandra Pecorella. http://adityayogaschool.co.uk/  and I recently embarked on my MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology.

 

MY JOURNEY (so far…)

My background is primarily a sporting one, having participated and competed at many levels in most.

As a child, my father motor raced and my mother was a riding instructor and I quickly gravitated towards anything involving going anywhere at high speed. I have ridden horses for most of my life and used to show jump at an affiliated level, although my true passion was for cross country, essentially because it was faster…

Throughout my whole life, middle to long distance running has always played a major part too, and I owe the demise of my knee cartilage to many happy years of fell walking and running in Cumbria.

Other principal sports have included cycling, rowing (Summer sprints/regattas as well as the Winter longer distance head of the river racing), kayaking, skiing, golf, all mountain sports (running, climbing, walking, scrambling, mountain biking – whatever it takes to get up there…I completed a 3 week Winter Outward Bound course in Eskdale), Muay Thai boxing and all aspects of strength and conditioning work in the gym with some highly esteemed PTs and coaches.

I have, over the years, acquired a vast array of sporting injuries. These have been through excessive training, biomechanical imbalances (such as over pronation and scoliosis…although the actual list is far longer….) and impact/accident related – the latter being principally prompted by exiting a horse’s saddle at speed, and meeting a variety of stationary objects such as jump wings, fence posts, the ground and so on.

Due to these injuries and their subsequent postural and movement compensations, I started to struggle to maintain my training volume and this combined with working long hours at a desk/car in a different professional career field, along with general life stress meant that continuing in that way was unsustainable.

Having had my training curtailed, I reluctantly tried ‘a bit of yoga’ to see if something more than my usual, somewhat limited stretching regime would help. It utterly changed my training, my attitude, my awareness and my career.

I am happy to talk enthusiastically and relentlessly to anyone who will stand still long enough to let me impart the transformative benefits that yoga has had on all aspects of my mind, body, soul and life as an integrated whole!

 

There are 2 organisations, through my yoga studies that I am especially passionate about supporting {there are MANY things in life that I am passionate about, but these in particular came about through my yoga journey}

Y12SR: YOGA OF 12 STEP RECOVERY

The work of Nikki Myers has and continues to be integral within my yoga exploration.

There are many therapeutic based courses for yoga teachers out there for studying the links and benefits of yoga in dealing with addictive patterning (whether they manifest as substance or behavioural), but the way in which this work weaves together the ancient wisdom of yoga, the most up to date evidence of addiction neuroscience with yoga therapy, all alongside the 12 step programme caught my attention because of it’s support in PRACTICAL APPLICATION for life on and off the mat, within the community at large; saving and changing lives.

One of it’s strengths is that it is open to all As (AA, NA, Al-Anon and so on) but also to anyone affected by addiction or the addiction of others, those in long term recovery and those whom may not be working any programme.

That’s about as inclusive and yoga as it gets – no separation or judgement, just integration – on an individual and on a social and multi fellowship level – support and practical application out within the community where everyone can access it, with no waiting lists, referrals or expensive class fees.

I am happy and humbled to have been working under the teaching guidance of Nikki Myers since 2012, continue to study the programme and have been holding weekly Y12SR classes in my home town of Bury St Edmunds since then. From 2018 I have been one of the leadership trainers for space holders for the International Y12SR movement – assisting the inclusion of yoga and recovery in communities all over the world.

If you are interested in knowing more about this inspirational work, either as attending meeting/practices or to train to offer this within your own community, please check out www.y12sr.com for a more fully comprehensive understanding of what Y12SR is, where your local classes may be and where and when the next training courses are in your part of the world.

 

HIMALAYAN EDUCATION CHILDREN’S PROJECT

Another teacher whose tutelage I have gained much from is Swami Nityamuktananda Saraswati The sharing of her life’s work through her teaching has undoubtedly enriched my life – and we in the West are often accessing these teachings from a place of privilege, where things such as education in a more general sense are taken for granted.

Swami Nitya’s teachings are from the Himalayan tradition, so when I was asked to become a trustee of her children’s charity, that provides funding for children in that region to have access to education, it seemed like a wonderful opportunity to give something back to an area whose teachings have already benefited me greatly, and which I have the privilege of sharing something of within classes I hold within my hometown.

Please donate as little or as much as you are able – via this link http://www.hcep.org.uk/donation/ and see the website for more details on the charity and the children you could be helping.

With love and gratitude, always, NAMASTE!