ABOUT JACQUI GIBBONS
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 comprehensive and high-quality teacher trainings there is. I teach hatha yoga (postures and breathwork), and often bring in philosophy and meditation from other traditions such as tantra and Patanjalayoga. I believe yoga is not complete without meditation, seeking the core of who we are, our true nature of love and bliss.
I am most interested in the texts and practices of Kashmir Shaivism along with elements of shakta tantra, classical yoga and bhakti yoga. I love the different yoga traditions, their fascinating history and texts and the wisdom contained in them. I hope to share some of their teachings and my enthusiasm with you, and to make them accessible. I have a devoted daily practice, both asana and other aspects of yoga.
I constantly further my practice, seeking knowledge from both teachers and books and from within, to listen to the truths which we only hear when we put down the books and look inside, in meditation. My own current class teachers are Erika Tourell, Anna Ashby and Jeff Phenix. Workshops I’ve attended in the past year include Christopher Hareesh Wallace (tantric texts, practices and meditation), Sally Kempton (meditation and tantric goddesses), James French, Lisa Sanfillipo, Leila Sadhegee, Dr Jason Birch (medieval hatha texts), Alexandria Crow (teachers’ workshops) and Andrew McGonigle (anatomy).
I first found yoga in 2000 when I was suffering from depression, stress and insomnia. It immediately resonated with me and 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. Slowly it helped me uncover mental and emotional patterns and deep-rooted conditioning, and give me the tools to manage them (a lifetime process!). During that decade I went to India three times for month-long trips to deepen my knowledge and practice. I first trained as a teacher in 2005-2007, and taught corporate yoga for two years while training as a Ayurvedic practitioner..
During 2008 and 2009 I studied and qualified with Vaidya Atreya Smith of the European Institute of Vedic Studies, plus 200 hours training with Dr Sunil V Joshi of Nagpur, India. I worked part-time as an Ayurvedic health coach for seven years, including giving one-to-one yoga tuition to patients. Throughout this time I worked full-time in publishing.
However, in 2016 I felt called to return to my first love and teach yoga again, so I undertook the intensive and high-quality training with triyoga. I’m now teaching public, private and charity classes around the Brixton area. Over nearly 20 years yoga has transformed my physical and mental state, my spiritual awareness, and my life. It gives me the practices to deal with the practical, emotional and health challenges that life gives us.
Throughout my yoga journey I’ve 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.