Namaste. Welcome to my yoga world!
Hello! I'm Jacqui, a yoga teacher in south London. I teach a drop-in yoga and meditation class on Friday mornings in Brixton; private lessons around Brixton, Clapham, Vauxhall, Streatham, Herne Hill etc; and voluntarily at a mental health charity in Brixton.
I teach hatha yoga, adapted to the class or individual, with some flowing sequences mixed in with strong static postures, and great attention to the breath to draw our awareness inside and quieten the mind. I have a down-to-earth teaching style and usually use music – a mix of yoga beats and mystical, meditative sounds to create good vibes! I encourage you to move with ease, breathe with ease, find the stillness within, and enjoy the class.
Flowing from one posture to the next helps you develop easeful movement in the body. It develops concentration, co-ordination, grace, suppleness and mobility. Staying in postures for longer, static holds builds strength, stamina and focus, and gives the muscles time to ease into the stretch.
Yoga is about far more than āsana (the physical postures) and alongside these I weave in prānāyāma (breathwork), mantra, chanting, traditional yoga philosophy and meditation. I believe yoga is not complete without meditation, to seek the core of who we are, our true nature of bliss and love.
See below for details of all lessons (public, private, corporate and charity). Email me on email@example.com. You can also follow me on Instagram @yogajaxx for an alternating mix of asana tips, meditation and yoga philosophy, and updates to classes.
"I had made every excuse under the sun to not start exercising again. My joints hurt, it's too hot, it's too cold. I was running late and I wasn't going to go - but I did and I am sooo glad I did. The environment Jacqui creates is non-judgemental and she gives calm instructions and lucid explanations. There is plenty of deep stretching plus more strenuous poses that I thought I couldn't do, but after three classes my mindset has changed and I'm noticing an improvement in my physical and mental agility. I highly recommend Jacqui's class. It's my favourite 75 minutes of the week!" Emma P, Brixton Hill
Fridays, 9.30–10.45am, Stillpoint Yoga Brixton
41 Acre Lane, Brixton SW2 5TN.
£12 drop-in. £36 for four.
Turn up and pay cash. Or contact me in advance to pay via bank or Paypal.
Directions: From the Town Hall, walk up Acre Lane past Tesco. After House of Hygge coffee shop is the doorway to Stillpoint (before the charity shop). Buzz for entry.
£60 per lesson or £330 for six.
New to yoga: A six-week course to learn the basic postures, anatomy and terminology, and give you a broad understanding of yoga. This builds your confidence to go to public classes, feeling more at ease in your body, knowing the basics and being able to follow what’s happening.
Beginners/Intermediate: Focused on the physical hatha yoga practices of postures and breathing. Suitable whether you’ve been doing yoga for a few months or several years. Helps you progress more than public classes can, focuses on what you need and want, and helps you build a home practice. Can include relaxation techniques, restorative postures and meditation.
Yoga growth: Meditation and other yoga practices, alongside āsana. Progresses your āsana practice and/or spiritual growth faster than public classes usually can. Elevates your knowledge and hones the path you’re on. We dive into what you want, your spiritual beliefs, and which practices from the tantras or classical texts are best suited to you. Beliefs and goals have to be aligned with your practices for growth to happen. Then we put the work in! With commitment, devotion, knowledge, love and support.
I have experience teaching corporate yoga and welcome enquiries from companies. As a journalist of many years I am fully familiar with both the joys and challenges of corporate life! I know from experience how yoga can help. I can do pre-work, lunchtime or post-work classes. You just need space and mats (I can recommend which to get). POA. Email me, Jacqui, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
I teach in a mental health charity in Brixton, and subject to dates may be able to teach voluntarily at other charities in south/SW London (either for six-week courses or a regular weekly class). I’m DBS checked. Contact me, Jacqui, on email@example.com for a chat about what your members/service users need.
As well as teaching yoga I’m a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner with seven years’ experience treating patients. I offer two-hour workshops on yoga, on Ayurveda, or on yoga and Ayurveda combined. Contact me about a workshop in your studio. I also hold private workshops for groups of friends either in your home or at the studio in Brixton that I use. Workshops can be customised or choose from topics such as:
- Asana the Ayurvedic Way
- Yoga to balance Vata, Pitta or Kapha
- Yoga & Ayurveda for… (a specific health condition, such as Digestion, Constipation, IBS, Diabetes, Anxiety, Stress and so on)
- Who Are You? Discover Your Elemental Nature
- Prakriti vs Vikriti: End Your Confusion About Your Dosha!
- Rhythm of Life: Living in Tune With Your Nature (Dinacharya)
- Your Seasonal Sadhana (Rutacharya)
I trained as a teacher on triyoga’s two-year, 390-hours diploma, studying under Jeff Phenix and Susannah Hoffman (asana) and Carlos Pomeda (philosophy). The training is accredited by British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance, and is one of the most thorough and high-quality teacher trainings there is. I teach hatha yoga (the physical practices of postures and breathwork) but usually weave in yoga meditation and philosophy from other yoga traditions.
I’ve been practising yoga for almost 20 years and have a devoted daily practice. I love the different traditions, their fascinating history and the wisdom contained in the ancient teaxts. I am most interested in the texts and practices of Kashmir Shaivism with elements of shakta tantra, classical yoga and bhakti yoga. I hope to share some of these teachings, meditation techniques and my enthusiasm with you. Or, if you just want to stretch and strengthen your body and find a bit of mental peace, that’s fine too!
I first found yoga in 2000 when I was suffering from depression, stress and insomnia. It immediately resonated with me and gradually helped me become less stiff and more easeful both physically and mentally. I was always as much drawn to the philosophy and breathing as to the physical postures.
I first trained as a teacher in 2004-2007, and studied and qualified in Ayurveda in 2008-2009. I worked part-time as an Ayurvedic health coach for seven years, including teaching one-to-one yoga to patients. In 2016 I felt called to make yoga teaching a priority and undertook triyoga’s intensive, high-quality training. I now teach a mix of public, private and voluntary classes around the Brixton area.
Alongside my yoga journey I’ve also had a long career as a journalist. I’m 56 and I’m a born-and-bred south Londoner, living in Streatham Hill with a houseful of plants and a cat called Prana.