I first found myself on a yoga mat at uni in 2003, and the gentle discipline of my Iyengar teacher got me hooked. As an uncoordinated introvert, I hated PE at school, so it was liberating to find a way of exercising that wasn’t competitive, that didn’t matter how ‘good’ I was.
During my career in communications and marketing, I constantly turned to yoga, in need of an antidote to long days at the computer. During a particularly stressful time, yoga became a real tonic, and I would float out of class ‘re-booted’.
This is the feeling I want to share with others. I see yoga as a process of self-enquiry, of coming back to myself. In this way, yoga can be a tool that not only maintains and improves physical fitness but also supports mental health.
I trained with Laura Gilmore at Bristol City Yoga October 2013 – July 2014 (Hatha Yoga Teacher Training 200 hour certified by Yoga Alliance Professionals). Laura’s warmth and wisdom taught me to work with intuition and intelligence.
Further training highlights:
The Yogi & the Buddha (13 hrs) with Tias Little, TriYoga, 2017
Vinyasa Flow Sequencing Intensive (28hrs) with Heather Elton, Bristol City Yoga, 2015
Pregnancy Yoga Teacher Training (80hrs) with Laura Gilmore & Ali Woozley, Bristol City Yoga, 2015-16
Teaching Yoga for Stress & Burnout (21hrs) with Charlotte Watts & Leah Barnett, Yoga Campus, 2016
With gratitude to all my teachers, and of course my students – the best teachers of all.
I am qualified under the Yoga Alliance Professionals standards as an ‘Associate Teacher – Level 2’. This reflects that I have a recognised Foundation Training certificate (200 hours), plus a certain level of teaching experience since graduation. At the time of writing (Oct 2017), this experience comprises 950 hours of teaching across 3 years, and 176 hours of additional training.
To maintain my membership of YAP, I am required to attend a certified training event each year, along with at least 4 hours of additional training. As a member, I also adhere to the YAP’s strict code of conduct when it comes to the teaching and business of yoga to uphold the integrity of this wonderful vocation. You can find more information on YAP here or you can view my Yoga Alliance profile here.
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Steph Cheesman Yoga is a local, sustainable and ethical enterprise…(Fuelled mostly by veg from The Community Farm and transported either by bicycle, or on rainy dark days, the brilliant bus drivers of Bristol.)