Cat – Our teacher trainee and her community classes for M.E sufferers

One of our very own teacher trainees has started up her own classes aimed towards helping sufferers of M.E and fibromyalgia.

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I have come to learn that teaching yoga isn’t about being able to pull all the most difficult poses or even know all their Sanskrit names. It’s about being able to share your own authentic experience with people in ways that may allow them to experience something beneficial for them.

I didn’t intend to teach yoga when I started my teacher training course, it simply wasn’t something I aspired to do, feeling I had so little personal experience to offer others when there are so many wonderful and inspiring teachers out. But I haven’t always been able to attend regular yoga classes, being limited to varying degrees over the last 21 years by M.E. (also known as CFS). My experience has been of a body working against me, not functioning ‘normally’, struggling to keep up with the demands of everyday life. But in spite of that I found it was a body – and a mind – that responded positively to yoga when I have been able to attend classes. So I embarked on a teacher training course for me to learn more about yoga to continue my own recovery to increase my own wellbeing.

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In doing so I have been inspired to explore how yoga can be more accessible for people who may benefit from it, but who would not be able to attend a regular yoga studio class. I am excited that over the next 6 weeks I will be running some yoga sessions with Bristol M.E. Support Group and Bristol Fibromyalgia and M.E. United Support Group members.

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