♦ yoga teaching diploma
currently in the process of graduation
♦ Ayurvedic diploma: Nutrition and Lifestyle Therapist
Levels 1 and 2 (each 450 hours): Vaidya Atreya Smith, European Institute of Vedic Studies, 2007-2009
♦ Ayurvedic diploma: Clinical Management of Dosha (200 hours): Dr Sunil V Joshi, 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, 350-hours diploma, studying under Carlos Pomeda, Jeff Phenix and Susannah Hoffman. 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 have practised and studied yoga for 18 years. The teachers whose classes I attend regularly are Jeff Phenix and Erika Tourell. I constantly further my practice, seeking both knowledge (through workshops and study) and the truth within, which we only find when we put the books down and look within, in meditation. I practise yoga daily.
I qualified as an Ayurvedic practitioner in 2008, after training for two years with Vaidya Atreya Smith of the European Institute of Vedic Studies (EIVS) and then Dr Sunil V Joshi of the Vinayak Ayurveda and Panchakarma Research Foundation in Nagpur, India.
For seven years I ran an Ayurvedic practice at Maitri Natural Health Centre in south London (then briefly at Triyoga in Camden), where 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 provided Ayurvedic massage, facials, Shirodhara, marma point healing and yoga.
I stopped working one-to-one to do my yoga teacher training, and now plan to offer yoga and meditation classes and courses, and yoga and Ayurveda workshops. 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. British Wheel of Yoga approved and insured.
♦ Restorative 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. (e.g. various aspects of diagnosis, clinical case studies, pranayama, eye diagnosis, marma point healing, Ayurvedic psychology etc)
♦ Ayurvedic treatment of skin conditions, Dr Ghanashyam Marda
♦ Mukkabhyanga (Ayurvedic facial massage), Dr Deepa Apte