2012: Ashtanga Vinyasa 500 Hour
Geraldine's first knowledge of yoga came from a stolen library book when she was 11. Then in 2002 she tried a class as an antidote to the stress of her job as a news journalist at the Guardian newspaper in London. Later, a knee injury made her re-evaluate her attitude to the practice and brought her to realise that yoga is more than asana – it is a tool for awareness, a way of bringing us into the present moment.
She has completed two Yoga Alliance-registered teacher trainings, the last one at Brahmani with Julie Martin, Mel Cooper and Emil Wendel. She has also done an adjustment course with David Swenson.
Currently, she practises with and assists Mel at the prestigious Life Centre in London during Mysore self-practice and Led Primary. She also teaches vinyasa flow classes for colleagues at the Guardian and the Observer. Geraldine remains a curious yoga student and over the years has been lucky enough to attend workshops/retreats with inspirational teachers such as Richard Freeman, Petri Raisanen, Leela Miller, Granville Cousins and many others. She continues to try other styles of yoga in order to deepen her own practice and inform her teaching.
Although her main practice is Ashtanga vinyasa, she believes all forms of yoga are valid and that it can be made accessible to everyone whatever their body type, personality and situation in life. Her aim is to provide clear instruction with an emphasis on safe alignment and the breath. Students are encouraged to own their practice, listen to their bodies and develop a compassionate and adventurous attitude towards themselves – both on and off the mat. Above all, she believes yoga should be fun.
In her spare time Geraldine writes - and sometimes reads. But she no longer steals library books.