Yoga Teacher & Bristol Yoga Centre Owner
I've been teaching Yoga in Bristol since 2004. I am the owner and manager Bristol Yoga Centre and the founder of Everyday Yoga. I currently offer yoga holidays, private tuition, weekly group classes, workshops and courses. I started practicing yoga when I was young as my mother and father in law are both yoga teachers in Japan. This created early awareness of the practice and my interest deepened over the years.
Yoga has brought me balance and grounding both mentally and physically. It has helped me to be relaxed and focused when facing challenges. I believe that everyone can benefit from finding a practice that suits them. My style of teaching aims to maximise individual potential by providing a supportive and relaxing atmosphere for students of all abilities. The emphasis on body and mind awareness means that the practice will not only be safe but students will notice their development sooner.
In 2003, I decided to take a British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) foundation course, which led me to study for a BWY diploma in teaching yoga at the Life Centre in London (2005). I trained and qualified to be a Foundation Course Tutor with the BWY in 2013 and received 500 hours Teacher certificate by the Yoga Alliance in 2014. I have also assisted in 200hrs Yoga Teacher training for the Bristol City Yoga.
As a teacher, I believe that it’s important to continuously develop my knowledge and teaching practice and have completed specialist training in:
- Yoga therapy with Mukunda Stiles
- Yoga Alliance Pregnancy yoga with Laura Gilmore
- BWY Meditation module with Kay Baxter
- Mastery in Asana Adjustments with Chris Gladwell
- Yoga Sutra of Patanjali with Richard Freeman
- Foundation of Viniyoga with Paul Harvey
- Integrating pregnant students in a group class with Paul Harvey
- Subtle Bodies: the Power of Prana & Bandhas with Laura Gilmore
I also regularly attend CPD (continuing Professional Development) workshops and IST (In-Service Training) accredited by BWY each year on different topics such as:
- Yoga for Stress Management
- Yoga for Healthy Backs
- How to Teach Pranayama
- Observing & Adjusting Asana in Group Classes
- The Spiritual Philosophies of Yoga Part 1&2
- Modifying Sequence
- Introducing Chakras
I have worked with athletes as well as people with severe disabilities and illnesses and know how to adapt the classes to suit individual needs. I have a special interest in yoga therapy and believe that thoughtful and intelligent yoga practice can aid healing and recovery.
"Naomi is a great teacher. I've noticed a gradual improvement in my ability as the weeks gone by".
"She is patient and a good instructor! I really enjoy Naomi's classes".
“Naomi is very a dedicated, knowledgeable and well prepared teacher. She knows many different techniques i.e. for breathing, resting, chanting etc. which always left me feeling I had tried something new!”.