Teacher

Classes are taught by Julia Wheatley, who holds the British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma, and has been teaching traditional hatha yoga since 1989 to people of all ages and levels of ability. She has taught several BWY Foundation Yoga courses (a pre-teacher training course), and has participated in a Foundation course in Yoga Therapy, and training in Thai Yoga Massage. Julia has been leading yoga/yoga and walking breaks for HF Holidays since 1994. She also has experience of teaching yoga to prisoners on a drug rehabilitation programme, visually impaired people, and to school students at risk of exclusion. Her main teaching goal is that yoga practice should be safe, as well as enjoyable and fun!

Julia demonstrating Vrksasana (Tree pose)

Yoga

Julia is a member of both the British Wheel of Yoga and the Register of Exercise Professionals

British wheel of yoga teacher

Yoga Style

Hatha yoga refers to a set of practices which includes physical postures (known as asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama) and practices to prepare the mind for meditation. Classes will incorporate most of these as well as a period of relaxation.

A typical yoga class will begin with a short relaxation with some breathing practice, warm up exercises, followed by a variety of postures (asanas), and relaxation at the end of the session. The postures practised vary each week, and are designed to work the whole body in a balanced way, via stretching and holding a variety of traditional poses. A short meditation may also be included, either as a separate practice, or incorporated into the final relaxation. Mindfulness techniques are often included as part of the relaxation or meditation aspect of the lesson. Julia will fully explain and demonstrate all the practices, and assist and adjust your practice of the postures as necessary.

Classes are held in rooms maintained at a comfortable temperature – neither too hot nor cold.

Unsolicited Feedback on Yoga classes

"Thank you for being a great teacher and giving me the passion for yoga, I now continue taking classes in Malta." A.C.

"I am so impressed with the variety you introduce into the classes, and I loved the kriya we did at the beginning last week." A.H.

Continuous Training and Development

As required by her professional organisation (the British Wheel of Yoga), and for the benefit of her students and her own personal interest, Julia keeps herself updated on various yoga related topics. She has attended In-Service Training on the following topics over the last few years:

  • Yoga of the Elements (April 2016)
  • Movement, Pleasure and Insight - observation of movements and limitations, and how to use the body economically (May 2015)
  • Yoga for Special Needs (February 2015)
  • First Aid for Yoga teachers (October 2014 - valid for 3 years)
  • Pranayama - Phases of Breathing Practice (July 2014)
  • Mudras and Bandhas (March 2014)
  • Themes in a Yoga Class (August 2013)
  • Prana, Prana Vayus and Pranayama - relates to breathing/energy/life force (Mar 2013)
  • Deconstructing Challenging Asanas (June 2012)
  • How Yoga can help Sports People (Feb 2012)
  • The Role of Sound in Yoga and an Introduction to Vedic Chanting (Apr 2011)
  • Understanding the Needs of Senior Citizen Yoga Practitioners (Mar 2011)
  • Common Ailments and Conditions - What is Best Yoga Practice? (Jun 2010)
  • Demystifying Challenging Asanas (Mar 2010)
  • Well Woman Yoga
  • Vinyasa Sequences
  • Advanced Communication Skills for Yoga Tutors with NLP (April 2008)
  • Foundation Course in Yoga Therapy (June 2007)
  • Integrating Pregnant Women into a General Yoga Class

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