Gillian is a BWY Dip teacher and Foundation Course tutor, currently completing an MA in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation at SOAS whilst preparing a concept paper for her PhD, researching Yoga for Mental Health.
Gillian teaches Gentle Years Yoga (GYY), hatha classes for all ages and abilities and restorative hatha classes for women survivors, and those suffering from anxiety, depression, PTSD and other trauma related issues. She is a culturally sensitive and respectful teacher with intuition and insight, providing a non-intrusive safe space for students to meaningfully and subjectively experience yoga whilst retaining personal autonomy.
Gillian is our current Vice Chair.
Tranquility is a relaxing, therapeutic experience. Beginning with a moon salutation that will not be strenuous, you will be encouraged to feel deeply into movements, gaining a sense of your body and the subjective space you are inhabiting at that time. An invitation to perform a mini abhyanga, (self massage) to hands and feet, with the ayurvedic oils provided, can be accepted or not. Then immersed in the breath, you will be settled into a simple seated pranayama practice and meditation before moving down to your mat to be guided through Yoga Nidra, finishing with the soothing sounds of Vedic chanting. This class is suitable for anyone who wants to de-stress, unwind or simply relax and is the ideal way to end the day. It will be accessible to everyone regardless of ability, age, or knowledge of asana, pranayama or meditation. However, we will be using ayurvedic oils so it is not suitable for anyone who cannot use sesame oil because of allergies. You should not be doing anything strenuous afterwards.Read More
An informative and accessible powerpoint presentation, with a Q&A opportunity afterwards.
Gillian wrote her MA dissertation on Yoga within the NHS and is very much involved with the Gentle Years Yoga research that is being conducted at York and Northumbria Universities and managed by York Trials Unit as well as being a GYY tutor, so she is well placed to speak on this subject.
After situating yoga within healthcare in its broadest context, she will discuss how yoga in healthcare interfaces with the BWY and accredited teaching qualifications and the GYY specialist teaching qualification in particular.
Professor Garry Tew is the lead investigator on the GYY research trial. He will present the development of the GYY program, from inception to its current status as an Ofqual regulated level 4 specialist teaching qualification. He will give us an overview of the 2016 GYY pilot study which he also led, and will discuss the current largescale GYY research project that followed the pilot.
This current project is the most comprehensive yoga research within the UK to date, incorporating the largest trial participant group. It is being trialled in both face to face classes and online, with results due to be published in 2023.Read More