About Gaia Yoga
Gaia Yoga aims to inspire people to practice yoga regardless of age, ability and physical condition, promoting the benefits of yoga, making it accessible to everyone.
My name is Philippa Wade and I teach Hatha Yoga, I have been teaching and practising yoga for 20+ years. I hold a British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) teacher qualification, a 500 hour diploma course completed over a 2-3 year period covering posture work, anatomy and physiology, pranayama (directing breath & energy), kriyas (cleansing practices that release and maximise energy), breathing and relaxation, meditation, history and philosophy of yoga, class management and teaching practice.
The British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) is the largest yoga membership organisation in the country, employing over 4,000 qualified teachers who are committed to promoting a greater understanding of yoga and its safe practice through experience, education, discussion, studand training. I chose to study with BWY because of its professional approach to teaching and high standards of training.
I practiced yoga during my corporate career in legal services for 12 years and project management in banking for 15 years. Yoga provided a means of coping with a busy, at times stressful job that involved UK wide travel and long hours. After a rewarding 27 year career I decided to devote my time to teaching yoga permanently.
My Teaching Style
My teaching encompasses a mix of hatha and iyengar practice and will enable students to develop strength, flexibility and stamina. I place an emphasis on physical alignment during posture work to ensure students work safely and to provide a firm foundation from which to stretch and lengthen. During yoga practice I explain what we are doing and why – emphasising the benefits yoga brings to both body and mind. My classes place an emphasis on developing awareness of your breathing and how to use of the breath to deepen practice. I adapt my classes to provide options so that beginners can feel the benefits quickly whilst more experienced practitioners can be stretched and challenged.
I have studied yoga with many different teachers and experienced many different types of yoga, however I am an ongoing student – yoga is a vast subject and I doubt I will ever exhaust it!
‘Words fail to convey the total value of yoga. It has to be experienced’