Project Description

Adrienne Bagnall - Yoga

Please visit the links below to find out more about Adrienne:

www.karmaspaceyoga.com

www.iyengaryoga.org.uk

ADRIENNE BAGNALL

Iyengar Yoga Teacher

T:  07970 841999

Adrienne Bagnall

Adrienne started to practice yoga in 1999 and began her teaching training in 2012. Before that she was a gymnast and gymnastic coach to young to children alongside her mother. It took a few years of different yoga classes before she finally stumbled upon Iyengar yoga and was instantly inspired by the precision and detail of the teaching. Iyengar yoga is known for its highly trained teachers and its excellent attention to detail and alignment. She was encouraged by her teacher to take up the art and science of Iyengar in 2007 and finally began her training in 2012.

Adrienne teaches classes to students of all abilities and ages including other yoga teachers from different disciplines, students with disabilities, older members of the community, and children. She teaches regular in-depth workshops throughout Hertfordshire . Adrienne also assists a Senior Iyengar Teacher at Remedial Therapy Class in Hertford each week – this class is highly personalised and can have a profound effect on students suffering from injuries and diseases and can be immensely uplifting and even curative in some cases. We are currently working with people who are suffering with end of life cancer, severe scoliosis, prosthetic limb, and broken bone injuries and back problems. She is currently trained to teach a high level syllabus of Asana (poses) for advanced students but also teaches with great depth and understanding to beginners and improvers.

Adrienne also teaches Positive Movement – an adapted class based on ‘Adaptive Yoga’ for disability and Alexander technique to the older members of the community .

To this day Adrienne sees that she maintains her own intense and regular practice as her first love is as a yoga student. She feels it is her responsibility to her students to have a full and deep understanding of yoga in her body and that it is important to explore and learn the actions and effects of the teachings through her own diligent practice. This, she feels is the art of a yoga student and an honest and authentic yoga teacher. Her teacher (Marios Argiros) has been her mentor for nearly a decade.  Through her practice she understands that yoga is not just for physical health but is a lifestyle and a lifetime’s study based on awakening consciousness through meditation and spiritual awareness. Two decades later, she realises more than ever that yoga, along with her family and friends is essential to her life.

Adrienne is also a therapist trained in :- Swedish massage, Sports massage, Reflexology, Acupressure chair massage and she is initiated in Reiki 1 & 2.

EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS

20 years of yoga experience. 6 years full time yoga teaching experience. 10 years therapy work.

As long standing Iyengar student and teacher Adrienne is trained and experienced in understanding and teaching the deep and detailed work required to perform correctly aligned poses so that the body works with equanimity and with safety. She teaches from Beginners to Advanced students. She currently assists in a remedial weekly class in Hertford with cancer patients and patients suffering from serious postural defects or injuries. Adrienne is highly trained to modify poses for those with medical conditions and injuries, pregnancy, women those who are on their menstrual cycle, menopause, age etc. She is currently working towards her Intermediate Junior 2 teaching certificate in the highly regarded Iyengar system.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Iyengar teacher qualifications from Iyengar Association UK (IYUK)
  • 2013 – Introductory Teacher Level 1
  • 2014 – Introductory Teacher Level 2
  • 2018 – Junior intermediate teacher 1
  • 2019 – Currently working towards Junior Intermediate 2 (assessment in 2019)

Other qualifications outside of College

  • 2001 – Anatomy and Physiology ITEC
  • 2001 – Swedish Holistic Massage ITEC
  • 2002 – Sports Massage FSMT
  • 2005 – Reflexology ITEC
  • 2007 – Massage for pregnancy
  • 2015 – Positive Movement Teacher (adaptive yoga for disability and older members of the community).
  • 2015 – Reiki 1
  • 2016 – Reiki 2

WORKSHOPS

As an Iyengar teacher I have a responsibility to  attend over 200 hundred hours of classes and workshops each year to further my personal development  –  as such I have attended too many workshops to list in full. To give a little flavour of my personal development each year, which runs alongside my personal practice, I attend:

  • Yoga classes with senior teachers 6 hours per week.
  • 6 x 4 hour workshops per year with senior teacher Marios Argiros
  • 1 week intensive Yoga with senior teacher Marios Argiros
  • 45 hours per year – Junior teacher training workshop with senior teacher Sheila Haswell
  • Approximately 7 x  half day / full day / weekend workshops at Iyengar Yoga Institute in London with Senior worldwide Iyengar teachers
  •  3 day Iyengar UK Convention annually with Senior worldwide Iyengar teachers

These are some of the more specialised/medical workshops/trainings I have attended:

Yoga for Scoliosis part 1 – Elise Browning Miller from the US

Yoga for Menopause – Judy Sweeting from the UK

Yoga Therapy – Stephanie Quirk from Australia (I am currently on year 2 of a 6 year program)

Yoga for Multiple Sclerosis – Garth McClean from the US

Yoga sutras – study with senior teachers

What to expect in an Iyengar yoga class

An Iyengar yoga class should leave you feeling physically challenged, mentally stimulated and spiritually calm. Iyengar Yoga is a style of yoga developed by and named after B.K.S Iyengar who is the author of many books – one of which, ‘Light on Yoga,’ is considered the ‘bible’ of the yoga world. His teachings were based on a lifetime of practice and exploration of understanding yoga within his own body, but also from helping students who were abled, disabled or suffering from medical conditions.

Iyengar Yoga is a systematic style of yoga, which places emphasis on precision and alignment so that the body works with balance and equanimity.The asanas practiced will vary from class to class, week by week depending on the level of the students. They will include standing, seated, forward and backbends, twists, inversions and restorative postures. Different asanas have different effects on the body, mind and spirit and in Iyengar yoga you will experience each, forming an holistic practice.

Many of the asanas will be demonstrated by the teacher giving you the chance to see what you are aiming for and you will then be guided through with instruction. The teacher will encourage you to adjust your pose either verbally or with hands on help and may even suggest using a prop. Working with props is unique in that it allows the body both action and relaxation simultaneously and you will find it very encouraging to work with belts, blocks, bricks, chairs, blankets as they serve as silent instructors and assistants in your pose. Standing poses are strongly emphasised in class as they build strength, stamina and flexibility in body, mind and spirit and they form the foundation of all the other poses.

Very important too is the base of the pose as everything begins with a stable foundation so you will be guided well in the positioning of the feet, legs, arms and head! More advanced asanas are introduced gradually as you develop your practice. Progression in Iyengar can lead to an advanced practice if that is desired, although it is important to note that an advanced practice does not mean necessarily advanced poses but it means a deep understanding from within the body.

1-2-1s

Due to a full teaching schedule I am currently not offering 1-2-1s in 2019.