I have been practicing Pilates for over 20 years, around half my life, initially I began attending classes due to problems with my lower back. I continued during and after my three pregnancies as I understood how amazing it was in terms of rehabilitation, my back issues all but disappeared and it also helped my body to recover from pregnancy and birth. My love of Yoga naturally followed, I not only enjoyed the physical challenges I discovered the mental ones too! Alongside the physical benefits I felt a sense of calm that I hadn’t felt for a long time, the effect of the practice on the mat rippled through to my everyday life. As well as giving me great joy my yoga practice helped me through some very turbulent times. I truly believe Yoga is a great path to follow, one which can help us to navigate our way through life.
I have always worked within education, my life previous to being a Pilates and Yoga teacher was a little different in that I taught Animal Management, I decided to train with Modern Pilates after my youngest daughter was born and have been teaching since 2010, I then went on to begin a Level 3 Yoga Teacher Training in 2011, I have subsequently completed the STOTT Reformer TT, Sensible Yoga Teacher Training with Debbie Farrar, Peter Blackaby and Godrey Deveroux, and many workshops with a variety of very experienced Yoga and Pilates teachers. In addition to my teacher training I have have undertaken further training to teach specialist populations for example working with neurological conditions, Pre and post natal, Baby Yoga and Massage and I have also undertaken a pelvic floor specialist training course. Over the past 10 years I have taught and still do teach in a variety of studios, gyms and schools, some are general classes others are aimed at specialist populations, I am also a tutor on a Yoga teacher training programme and alongside these classes I work with individuals who have a range of different physical and emotional needs.
I am very passionate about creating an inspiring, friendly and calm atmosphere within every class. My approach to teaching Yoga and Pilates is how I like to practice – grounded, sensitive and sensible, and when appropriate playful and fun. I like to challenge how our bodies move, how we may perceive ourselves, the self enquiry, and also how we live and navigate our way within our environment. I think it is incredibly important to meet you where you are when you come to class, to welcome you as an individual. My classes are pragmatic in their approach and I am the eternal students sharing my knowledge and love of yoga with people form all walks of life, of all ages and abilities. I have met some wonderful people on this journey and I look forward to welcoming you to my classes.
I want to feel as if I am coming home to myself when I practice Yoga and that is what I aim to teach my students, to give them the tools needed to explore all possibilities, their bodies and their limits should they choose too.
Elizabeth Whitham - Yoga & Pilates teacher