♦ yoga teacher RYT200
390 hours diploma, triyoga
BWY & YA accredited
♦ Ayurvedic Nutrition and Lifestyle Diploma
Levels 1 and 2 (each 450 hours), EIVS, 2007-2009
♦ Clinical Management of Dosha diploma (200 hours) Vinayak Ayurveda and Panchakarma Research Foundation, Nagpur, 2009
♦ Anatomy & Physiology Diploma
Level 3: VTCT, 2008
♦ Ayurvedic Massage Therapist
Level 1: EIVS, 2008
about jacqui gibbons
I trained as a yoga teacher on triyoga’s two-year, 390-hours diploma, studying under Carlos Pomeda, Jeff Phenix and Susannah Hoffman. I’m a new teacher but an old yogi! – I have practised and studied yoga for 18 years (I practise every morning). I teach a grounded yet flowing class where we move with grace, breathe with ease, find the stillness within, seek the truth of our Self, and smile! I combine the philosophy and meditation of traditions such as Tantra and classical with the asana and pranayama of Hatha. I believe yoga is not complete without meditation, seeking the core of who we are, our true nature of love and bliss.
I constantly further my practice, seeking both knowledge from teachers and books, and the truth within, which we only find when we put down the books and look inside, in meditation. My own current class teachers are Jeff Phenix and Erika Tourell. Some of the workshops and weekends I have attended this year include Christopher Hareesh Wallace (tantric texts, practices and meditation), Sally Kempton (meditation and tantric goddesses), James French (chakras) and Dr Jason Birch (texts of medieval hatha yoga), as well as re-sitting lectures from my training (just for fun!) with Carlos Pomeda (history and philosophy) and Andrew McGonigle (anatomy).
I qualified as an Ayurvedic practitioner in 2008, training for two years with Vaidya Atreya Smith of the European Institute of Vedic Studies (EIVS), followed by 200 hours with Dr Sunil V Joshi of the Vinayak Ayurveda and Panchakarma Research Foundation in Nagpur, India.
For seven years I held a part-time clinic at Maitri Natural Health Centre in south London (then briefly at Triyoga in Camden). I treated patients' health issues through diagnosis and treatment of imbalance in the doshas, devising personalised health programmes utilising Ayurvedic nutrition and health coaching. I also gave Ayurvedic massage, facials, Shirodhara, marma point healing and yoga.
I stopped working one-to-one to do my yoga teacher training, so that I can work one-to-many through yoga and meditation classes, courses, and yoga and ayurveda workshops. (I no longer offer one-to-one.) I also work as journalist and I live in sunny south London.
♦ YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
390 hours, Triyoga. Nov 2016 to Oct 2018. Teachers: Carlos Pomeda, Jeff Phenix, Susannah Hoffman, Chris Swain, Andrew McGonigle. British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance accredited. BWY insured.
♦ RESOTORATIVE YOGA TRAINING
for yoga teachers (33 hours) with Anna Ashby, Triyoga, March 2014
♦ EIVS DIPLOMA LEVEL 1 (2007-2008)
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 feel fortunate to have studied with him personally, at the only time he came to teach in the UK.
♦ EIVS DIPLOMA LEVEL 2 (2008-2009)
A second year of training with EIVS, studying Ayurvedic nutrition in more depth.
♦ ADVANCED TRAINING (CLINICAL MANAGEMENT OF DOSHA) (Dec 2009) (200 hours)
Intensive study of the clinical management of dosha with leading panchakarma physician Dr Sunil V Joshi in his clinic and training school in Nagpur, India. In-depth study of the disease process and treatment, particularly Vata dosha, plus physical therapies including massage techniques, basti and Shirodhara.
♦ ANNUAL CPD SEMINARS with Dr Vasant Lad
From Dr Lad I have learnt various aspects of diagnosis, pranayama, eye diagnosis, marma point healing, clinical case studies and Ayurvedic psychology
♦ AYURVEDIC TREATMENT OF SKIN CONDITIONS, Dr Ghanashyam Marda
♦ MUKKABHYANGA (AYURVEDIC FACIAL MASSAGE) Dr Deepa Apte