About Sally Davies

Meditating outdoors

Meditating outdoors

I am an experienced qualified yoga teacher. I started doing yoga in London 20 years ago, to combat the stress of living and working in London and to ease my stiff neck and shoulders from sitting at a computer all day. I soon noticed how amazing yoga made me feel and how it improved my health. I realised my stiff neck had gone and I was feeling calmer, stronger and taller (!)
My interest in yoga grew gradually until I spent 2 weeks on holiday at the Sivananda Ashram in India. This experience changed my life. I decided that I wanted yoga to be a big part of my life so I spent 6 months in India training to be a yoga teacher at the Vivekananda and Sivananda Ashrams. Training in yoga for pregnancy and postnatal yoga for mums and babies followed over the next few years.

I have now been teaching for 16 years. I teach in St George and East Bristol and Bishopston. I draw my influences from Ashtanga, Iyengar, Sivananda, Hatha, Satyananda yoga. I taught yoga full time for 6 years and now teach part-time.  I love the spiritual
side of yoga and meditate every day.

I love doing the yoga and walking workshops: the extra time allows us to go deeper with the yoga using practices such as yoga nidra (a long guided relaxation) and visualisations. They are also a great way to meet lovely people and to get to know current students better.

My teaching style is gentle and suitable for all, including beginners. I focus on relaxation and meditation, using mudras (hand gestures), visualisations and guided relaxations to aid relaxation. My aim is for you to leave a class feeling relaxed but energised.

My Training and Qualifications: Sally Davies showing a yoga posture

2000      Yoga Teacher Training – Vivekananda Ashram, Bangalore, India
Yoga Teacher Training – Sivananda Ashram, Kerala, India
1 mth Ashtanga Yoga training in Mysore
2002-3   Birthlight Diploma in Pre- and Postnatal Yoga
2005        British Wheel of Yoga, Postnatal Yoga Module with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli at Sitaram
2008        One year homeopathy foundation course
2010         Introduction to Counselling Certificate.
2015-       Diploma in Counselling, UWE

I hold certificates in First Aid and anatomy and physiology and have done some training in homeopathy which has deepened my knowledge of the emotional links to our physical wellbeing. I am now training as a counsellor at the University of the West of England. I do voluntary work with the elderly through Linkage and I work on a helpline for women who self-harm.

Testimonials:

“I loved coming to your yoga classes, I thought you had a wonderfully clear way of explaining and the classes were the perfect mix of calming exercises and focused, concentrated intensity . I thought that you have a really gentle and strong presence  in the workshops and that you managed the groups really well.” Charlie Henry, 2012

“Your Yoga and Walking weekends are extremely relaxing and rejuvenating in a most beautiful part of the English countryside”. Ligia Farrow

“I have been doing yoga for about 2 years and have now been on 2 of Sally’s yoga weekends which are held in beautiful country surroundings in the Cotswolds. The weekends are very relaxing yet revitalising combining both yoga and walking. The best part of all is a very nice 45 or so minutes of relaxation which leaves you very chilled out – if not asleep! Sally and Lizzie are fantastic teachers and very professional. I have found the other people
attending the weekends to be friendly and it is nice to chat at the end of the day over a drink and evening meal”. Trudi Palmer

“It was the first time I’d done so much yoga and I really enjoyed it. The teaching was excellent and it made for a really nice weekend break – great countryside, fresh air, walking, good food and friendly people. The whole atmosphere of the weekend was friendly and relaxed.” Mark Whittaker

links
www.sivananda.org/ndam/
www.mysore.yogaholidays.net/MysoreTeachers.htm
www.birthlight.com
www.sitaram.org

 

 “All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
The mind is everything. What we think we become.”
Buddha

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