The first yoga class I attended was in a church hall in the mid 1990s. The teacher was in her 60s, with amazing strength and mobility. I was in a class filled with yoga students several decades older than me. They all had better levels of flexibility, focus and balance than I did. Each session ended with tea and cake served to all the students; a bygone age. Those students have served as an inspiration to me ever since. I’ve also discovered that yoga is an excellent companion to many other forms of exercise. Most of all, it is the sense of equilibrium and equanimity that I experience at the end of a good yoga practice that keeps me returning.
About Penny Cronyn
In 2002 I decided to train as a British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) teacher. Thanks to the high standards and generous, warm-hearted support of inspirational teachers like Sarah Davey, Marlyn Miles, Kay Luckman and Monica Burton, I qualified as a BWY-accredited teacher in 2004.
The yoga classes I have taught have greatly enriched my experience and understanding. They include:
- Yoga classes for Oaklands College and West Herts College
- Yoga classes for Mind, the mental health charity
- A “50 and Beyond” class for Sportspace, the Dacorum Sports Trust
- A number of private yoga classes in Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead
I have the good fortune of working with many excellent teachers. This enriches both my own personal practice and understanding, and filters into my teaching. Peter Blackaby’s humanist yoga is a source of enquiry and development. Peter is the author of “Intelligent Yoga”. I’m grateful to Gill Ansty, Sue Gallagher, and Katrina Heather for offering a nurturing space to evolve my own on-going personal practice through their marvellous classes, workshops and retreats.