• Forrest Yoga Introduction with Gill Slater – Open Yoga

    Forrest Yoga Introduction with Gill Slater – Open Yoga

    Saturday 1st of December – from 1 to 3 pm. Investment £18

    Come and join us as we explore some Forrest Yoga. We will be spending time learning to breathe deeply and connect to feeling in our bodies.

    The breathing then supports and informs the asana practice, enabling longer holds and working in a way that allows for integrity and safety in the poses.

    Forrest Yoga is a strong practice leading to a deep connection to centre and the whole of the core.

    This yoga event is all about learning more about the practice and yourself.

    This workshop is suitable for all – from those who are just beginning their yoga journey to those more experienced.

    “Forrest Yoga is renowned as an intensely physical and internally focused practice that emphasizes how to carry a transformative experience off the mat and into daily life.  The practice challenges students to access their whole being and to use Forrest Yoga as a path to finding and then cleansing the emotional and mental blocks that dictate and limit their lives.  Students cultivate an acute awareness of their own practice and life process, creating a unique and powerful opportunity for them to make practical life decisions based on their own experiences.”(From Forrest Yoga Philosophy www.forrestyoga.com)

    About Gill Slater (Open Yoga):

    I began my working life as a primary school teacher, teaching in the UK and in Kenya. That was a long time ago and much has happened since then. Some of it by design but much of it was unplanned. It turned out just fine.

    On returning to the UK from Zimbabwe in the mid ’80’s I trained as a counsellor and worked both privately and within the public sector. I worked for several years at MIND as a counsellor and went on to be employed by GMP and St Mary’s Hospital as a Counsellor and Crisis Worker at The St Mary’s Sexual Assault Centre. Alongside my teaching in primary education and counselling I began my training in massage. Massage became my passion and for the past 17 years has been my ‘job’.

    I began as a Remedial Massage Therapist dealing with injuries and general aches and pains. I went on to do Sport’s Massage and then No Hands Massage which prolonged my working life and gave me many tools to work with. On reaching 61 years of age (October 2016) The Universe poked me strongly and, after much deep thought I decided to ‘retire’ from my massage work. However, my knowledge of the body hugely informs how I teach yoga and so nothing is ever wasted.

    Twenty years ago I went to an Iyengar Yoga class and stayed for nine years soaking it all up. Training to teach seemed the perfect next step and so I trained with Brian Cooper in Astanga Yoga. I went on to work with various wonderful teachers including Sandra Sabatini who was a pupil of Vanada Scaravelli and most recently Ana Forrest. I completed my Forrest Foundation Training in 2012 and have taught a small, very dedicated group since then. I currently teach one external class a week and several private sessions and from my Therapy Room at home. Ana Forrest’s training underpins all that I now share with my wonderful yoga folk. It has also been instrumental in healing me physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. The practice is intense but achievable and I, who can no longer take part in an Astanga/Vinyasa practice due to back issues, delight in my Forrest time on the mat.

    Most recently I have returned to my interest in The Feldenkrais Method and Hanna Somatics to broaden my understanding of the body’s capacity to move, heal and feel. Three years ago I completed my Pregnancy Yoga Training with Sally Parkes and along the way I have trained in Reiki to Master Level and Reconnective Healing with Dr Eric Pearl. I am married, very happily to John who is a retired Civil Engineer and we have a gorgeous daughter, Katie. Last year I spent a wonderful two weeks teaching yoga to all who passed by during their stay at the beautiful Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa. All my teaching skills proved immensely useful as I had a wide variety of people from the total beginner to those who practice daily back home.

    Information and bookings: [email protected] – phone 07909144414