ABOUT JACQUI GIBBONS
I trained as a yoga teacher on triyoga’s two-year, 350-hours programme, 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 the postures and breathwork of hatha yoga with meditation and philosophy of tantra, and sometimes elements from other traditions such as Patanjalayoga and bhakti.
I’ve been devoted to yoga for almost 20 years and have a committed daily practice. I believe yoga is about how we live and think and act more than it is about the yoga postures, but that the postures are a way in to the richness of the other practices and the philosophy. I also believe yoga is not complete without meditation, to seek the core of who we are, our true nature of love and bliss. I’m most interested in the texts and practices of Kashmir Shaivism. I love the different yoga traditions, their fascinating history and texts and the wisdom contained in them. I hope to share some of these teachings and my enthusiasm with you, and to make them accessible.
I constantly further my practice, seeking knowledge from teachers, workshops and books – while also understanding that there are truths we only find when we put down the books and look inside, in meditation. My current class teachers are Anna Ashby and Erika Tourell. I am currently inspired by the teachings of Hareesh Wallace and Sally Kempton, and by the work and research of the Hatha Yoga Project.
I first found yoga in 2000 when I had depression, stress and insomnia. It immediately helped me become less stiff and more at ease, both physically and mentally. Slowly it helped me see mental and emotional patterns and deep-rooted conditioning, and give me tools to manage them (a lifetime process). In that decade I went to India three times for month-long trips to deepen my knowledge and practice.
I first trained to teach yoga in 2005-07. I trained as an Ayurvedic practitioner in 2008-09. I ran a weekly clinic in Streatham from 2008-2015, treating patients for a variety of health condiitons through consultations, treatment plans, herbal medicines, massage and Shirodhara, also giving one-to-one yoga lessons and teaching corporate yoga. Throughout this, I’ve also been a journalist (a 25-year career).
After closing my clinic and taking a break from teaching (it was all quite exausting!) I felt called to undertake the intensive training with triyoga. Since graduating, I’ve reduced my media work to focus more on yoga. I now teach several times a week, public and private classes, around the Brixton area. It’s my dharma to share what I can of yoga with others. I’m a born-and-bred south Londoner, and live in SW2 with a houseful of plants and a cat called Prana.
♦ Yoga teaching RYT200 | triyoga, London
350 hours. Nov 2016 to Oct 2018
British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance accredited. BWY insured
Teachers: Jeff Phenix, Susannah Hoffman (asana); Carlos Pomeda (philosophy); Chris Swain, Andrew McGonigle (anatomy)
♦ Restorative yoga teaching | triyoga, London
33 hours. March 2014. Teacher: Anna Ashby
♦ Ayurvedic Nutrition & Lifestyle Diplomas | EIVS
Levels 1 & 2, each 450 hours. 2007 & 2008.
European Institute of Vedic Studies. Teacher: Vaidya Atreya Smith
Ayurvedic anatomy, physiology, disease process, diagnosis, treatment and philosophy. Atreya Smith has 25+ years of clinical experience and is one of only three Western vaidyas (Ayurvedic physicians). I was fortunate to study with him personally in the only years he came to teach in the UK.
♦ Ayurvedic Massage Therapist | EIVS Level 1, 2008
♦ Clinical Management of Dosha (advanced) | Dr Sunil Joshi
200 hours. Dec 2019.
Vinayak Ayurveda and Panchakarma Research Foundation, Nagpur, India
Trained with leading panchakarma physician Dr Sunil V Joshi in his clinic and training school in Nagpur. In-depth study of the disease process and treatment, particularly of Vata dosha, plus physical therapies including massage techniques, basti and Shirodhara.
♦ Anatomy & Physiology Diploma | VTCT Level 3, 2008
♦ Multiple annual CPD seminars | Dr Vasant Lad
From the living legend that is Dr Lad I have learnt marma point healing, eye diagnosis, various aspects of diagnosis, pranayama, clinical case studies and Ayurvedic psychology
♦ Ayurvedic treatment of skin conditions | Dr Ghanashyam Marda
♦ Mukkabhyanga (Ayurvedic facial massage) | Dr Deepa Apte