Body and Soul Yoga
Hi, I'm Mary
Are you looking for a friendly, supportive yoga teacher with a lifetime practice, extensive training and commitment to continuing development?
Read about my yoga journey below ...
I first discovered yoga when I was 15 through Lyn Marshall's London Weekend TV series on Sunday mornings. I was particularly impressed by her claim that anyone can do yoga and it doesn't matter how far into the posture you go, as long as you reach your own comfortable limit you are getting the same benefit.
Following that early start, I returned to regular yoga practice when I joined a gym about 20 years ago and booked myself into every yoga class I could find. I was drawn to Dru Yoga at the Om Yoga Show in 2009 and went on to do the BWY (British Wheel of Yoga) Foundation course in 2012. I qualified as a L3 Hatha Yoga Teacher in 2014 with Yoga Professionals Diploma in Teaching Yoga and then decided to do further training with Dru in order to incorporate their gentle, flowing style with the use of energies and visualisation into my teaching.
I completed the foundation modules in January 2015 and, after taking a break to launch Body and Soul Yoga, graduated from the full Dru course at the beginning of 2018 enabling me to take students even deeper into their subtle bodies known as the koshas, which is a particular feature of Dru yoga. Ever the student, my yoga journey continues with the Dru Meditation Diploma and Arhanta Yin (working deep into the fascia to slowly sink into stretches and stimulate the meridian lines).
In my other life, I'm a qualified ESOL teacher with over 10 years experience teaching speakers of other languages. I currently lead classes in Ilford for NCC Redbridge where ESOL students can improve their English while practising yoga as an enrichment activity.
When I'm not practising yoga I enjoy cuddles with my cat, eating Indian food and watching "Mind your Language" on YouTube.
Body and Soul Yoga offers a gentle, flowing style of yoga suitable for all abilities from complete beginner to experienced yogi.
Mary's Wordpress Blog: https://bodyandsoulyoga.wordpress.com
A bit about Lyn Marshall (back to the 70s):
Yoga stuff suppliers:
Yoga United (ethically sourced, quality yoga equipment): http://www.yogaunited.com/
Maggie Moo Yoga:
Impartial reviews of yoga wear by Maggie - 121 Urban Hot Yoga Instructor
The core explained: https://druyoga.com/yoga-online/video/core-stability
Professional Yoga Qualifications
Diploma in Teaching Yoga
- CYQ L3 - 500 hours Yoga Professionals/YMCAfit
Dru Yoga Teacher Diploma
Dru Foundation Modules (meditation)
Swami Saradananda - Meditation
(Yoga Alliance Professionals accredited)
Professional CPD Qualifications
Certificate in Adapting Exercise for Pregnant/Post Natal Women- YMCA
Dru Social Prescribing:
Backcare and Wellness specialism
British Wheel Workshops (BWY)
Foundation Course (60 hours)
Adjusting Students in Postures
Yoga for People with Cancer
Working with Forward Bends
Strength in Asana
Working in Pairs
Preparing for Backbends
Assessing and Observing Student readiness for challenging poses
Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs
Chair Yoga x 2
*Emergency First Aid at Work L2*
Dru Dance (Parts 1&2)
Yoga for Women's Health
CACDP - Communication Tactics
with Deaf People
Dementia Awareness (Tapestry)
Dru Meditation for Concentration
Our Mala - Trauma Informed Yoga
(working with asylum seekers & refugees)
Museum of Happiness (Facilitator training)
Yuva - Chair and Accessible Yoga
General Teaching Qualifications
Cert in Education (Greenwich)
CELTA (Cambridge) - ESOL
Literacy Subject Spec L5
JEB (ICT Prin and Prac)
Havering Health Champion (L2 Cert)
Nutrition for Health Cert (L2)
Mental Health Awareness training
Ongoing workshops (BWY and Dru)
Arhanta (50 hrs) Yin Yoga
Laughter Yoga / EFT
500 Hr GYTA
Regular Personal Practice on the patio, in the gym, in the Hot Yoga studio and just about anywhere I can throw
down my mat!