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Why Pilates? Because I love it! It brings mind and body together in controlled, precise and individualised exercises to meet the needs of everyone who attends. How did I get here? I first started working in the fitness Industry over 30 years ago. I worked in Leisure Centres and fitness gyms for many years teaching a variety of classes. My passion has always been to bring health and well-being to all in relaxed fun classes or one to ones. I gained my BA Honours in Health Promotion and qualified as a teacher in 2005 (a very busy time!!) Whilst studying I worked in various settings for Myerscough College on their Mental Outreach Programme teaching exercise, diet and relaxation to people with physical and mental disabilities. I was also at this time a Lecturer at Preston College teaching Gym Instructor and Exercise to Music courses to students, a job I loved. It is great to see the people I have taught now flourishing in the industry, a real buzz. I then moved onto teaching Health & Social Care, also brilliant to see my students who are now qualified nurses, midwives and social workers. My varied career paths then brought me to my most recent job which was as Training Manager for a large Care Home company. Although I loved this it did get in the way of my other passion which is to travel, travel and more travel. My husband is retired and I initially took a 6 months sabbatical to go around Europe in our Campervan. I have now decided 9-5 or in my case 9 to 10 pm is not for me. I updated my fitness qualifications with Pilates Level Three Diploma in teaching in 2018 and as I said I just love it! Come and join me and the next part of my journey.
Starting as a student at Chakra over 4 years ago, I instantly fell in love with everything Yoga ! Going to as many classes as I could fit in a week, made me feel so good every time I stepped off the mat.... I felt so amazing and that I could take on anything that was thrown at me that day ! These feelings were the driving force behind me pursuing my 200 hour teacher training certification. After a couple of false starts and plenty of classes in between, I eventually took the plunge and travelled to India in 2019 to study at the Himalayan Yoga Valley Centre. After 4 weeks of intense training I was qualified to teach ! Upon my return I started immediately at Chakra, to say I was nervous for my first class would be an absolute understatement but after a few deep breaths I found my slightly anxious, voice and got in the flow....I have been teaching at Chakra ever since, which I absolutely love and hope that every class I teach gives people the same feelings I have when I get on and off the mat !
Jenny Ward: Yogi, dog mamma, free spirit <3 2020 is my 10 year anniversary with yoga and what a decade it’s been! I found yoga when I bought my forever home and just happened to have seen a sign in the window of the community centre. My first (and continued teacher) was Kirsty Gallagher and from that initial class, I have never looked back. I remember the feeling of leaving that first class and being like ‘wow, why haven’t I been doing this the whole time?!’ and just like that, my life changed. I knew I belonged on a yoga mat and that my purpose was to practice and ultimately teach this ancient and yet so relevant way of life. Having been a teacher (in the traditional classroom sense ) for 13 years, I guess I always knew teaching was my calling and in 2013 I started teaching yoga to the students at the college where I worked. I then enrolled on my first 200 hour teacher training course and qualified with the highest distinction. I began teaching public classes in a school hall while I was training and before I knew it I was teaching all over the place! I found myself at a crossroads after the loss of one of my parents 3 years ago. At that point, I was still teaching A levels in the classroom as well as Yoga most evenings and weekends. Something had to go and it was my job at the college. And Jenny Ward Yoga full time was born! My practice of Yoga has seen me through the darkest times in my life and also the happiest. Yoga is far from just being an exercise class. To me, Yoga is union, it is connection. With yourself, and with something greater. Yoga unites our bodies with our minds & hearts. I remember my teacher saying to me once, ‘whatever the question, yoga is the answer’ and so far it’s proved to be true! I’ve laughed on my mat, cried on my mat, fallen over on my mat and got strong on my mat (and not just physically!) Yoga literally changed my life. And I feel honoured & humbled every day that I get to share this beautiful practice with others. What a privilege. I teach a range of Yoga classes, predominantly Flow (where we unite sequences of poses together through breath) and Yin (which is just my favourite thing in the entire world!) I am happiest either when sharing yoga in a class or workshop or being out in nature (often making yoga shapes!) I am trained in Vinyassa Flow, Hatha, Yin, Yoga Nidra as well as Reiki. I love to offer classes which are suitable & accessible for everybody as well as workshops and retreats. Off the mat I’m a dog mamma who loves to be outdoors (preferably in the mountains somewhere!)
Since becoming a mum 7 years ago to my beautiful daughter Ava, it has been my aim to take time out to care for myself and look after my mind and body through practicing yoga. I found Chakra and instantly fell in love with the feeling I got every time I walked through the door. I still get that same feeling today, except now I am part of the team here being able to teach my passion to children. My daughter attends my classes every week and she has grown from a very shy and timid little girl who was extremely nervous and had never attended a class before, to absolutely thriving in confidence. Yoga has many fantastic benefits for children. Improves balance and co-ordination, improves concentration, increases flexibility which helps strengthen the muscles, builds confidence and self esteem, relieves stress and anxiety, helps children build relationships, calms the mind through breathing techniques and increases determination and perseverance. Our Mantra is simple, ‘I can do it”. Teaching the children a growth mindset. I really encourage the children to believe in themselves and believe that with practice and determination they can improve at anything they set their minds to. My yoga classes are more than just about practicing yoga, they are about providing the children with coping mechanisms for challenging times they may face, through breathing techniques, concentration activities and mindfulness tasks which help to slow down the mind and simply focus on one task at a time. I provide a welcoming environment where the children are under no pressure at all. It is relaxed and calm with an element of fun through the use of props and games also. There is no competition or measure, it is more a journey for the children of seeing themselves grow and improve through yoga in their own time and at their own pace. I have completed the Yoga for Schools training in 2018 and have been teaching children’s yoga for 18 months in the community, as well as doing classes with children in schools as part of wellbeing weeks and also after school clubs. I am currently also completing a course of training with Kumarah Yoga, which is The Ultimate Kids Yoga and Mindfulness Leadership Course to expand my knowledge.
I am a Chartered Physiotherapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, and an APPI Certified Matwork Pilates Instructor. I run small group Physio-led Pilates classes, tailored to the individual needs of the participants. Everyone who joins my classes first has a full one to one Physiotherapy Assessment to assess their level, requirements, goals and any health problems. Classes are suitable for all adult ages and can be adapted to all levels of fitness. I graduated in Physiotherapy in 1994 and in 2005 completed a Masters degree from Manchester University in Manual Therapy (Assessment and treatment of Neuromusculoskeletal Conditions). Over the years I have treated patients with a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions in Primary and Secondary Care and via self-referral. I have worked in a spinal orthopaedic clinic, hospital departments, a pain clinic, GP surgeries, health centres, patients’ homes and in private practice. Throughout my career I have taken a “whole person” approach to health and wellbeing. From my experience as a Physiotherapist, I have seen the application of Pilates as a tool for health and rehabilitation, and the value of the support, motivation and enjoyment of exercising together. I use a modified form of Pilates developed by the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI). It is a movement re-education method where classical Pilates exercises are further broken down and modified as necessary for the client group. Clinical reasoning underpins the exercise selection. The aim is to achieve mental awareness of successful, positive movement, free of pain and relevant to the load of the task. To this I bring many years of experience as a hands-on Physiotherapist. Most of my clients have made Pilates a long-term feature of their lives, and I love the friendly supportive groups that I work with. It is wonderful to see people maintain and improve their health, recover from injuries or surgery and return to activities that are important to them.
I first encountered Tai chi over 35 years ago, at a local town festival where I was attracted to a group demonstrating the form. Drawn to the practice I sought out a public class where I began to develop my own practice.
In 2006 I began training with OCNW and completed the course in 2007 and qualified as a Certified Moving into the Light Facilitator in Tai Chi Short Form and Chi Kung. I continued to study in order to deepen my knowledge and experiences through the years, qualifying in a range of complementary therapies. In June 2014 I completed my three year teacher training and energy facilitator course Certified Moving into the Light Tai Chi Long Form, Chi Kung and Energy Practitioner Training.
I have a true love of being outdoors and believe in the benefits of nature, as such the Tai Chi I practice is based on the elements. It is soft and flowing, the gentle movement brings with it a subtle strength. Tai Chi works at many levels. It provides gentle physical exercise, improving coordination, balance and physical strength.
The practice of Tai chi is calming on the mind and the emotions eases stiff joints and lowers blood pressure. I would love for you to come and join me at Chakra Studios sometime soon.
Baby yoga and massage... As a mum of twins I understand the challenges and joys are being a new parent. I trained in Baby Yoga in 2016 and more recently completed a Post Natal Depression Awareness Course I also understand the importance of finding somewhere to spend relaxing and sociable time with your baby without judgement, The environment at Chakra creates an instantly calming feel to your day, babies will cry and accidents will happen but as a group of mums you are all in this together. My classes are very friendly and we start each session with conversation so you can get to know one another. We end each session with a relaxation session with your baby. You don’t have to have practiced Yoga to enjoy Baby Yoga. It is about encouraging gentle stretches and exercises for baby, there are also some really beneficial stretches for mums, focusing on your post partum body that requires the care and attention during those first months.
Having practised many varied forms of yoga,I found a yoga that I absolutely love.I discovered Kundalini yoga in Liverpool, and went on to learn to teach.I have qualified as a KRI (Kundalini Research Institute) certified Kundalini teacher with the renowned Amrit Nam Samovar International Yoga school, my training was in London and France. Kundalini Yoga is an ancient Science that was originally exclusive to the Indian Royal family, but then Yogi Bajan in the 1960's took this wonderful practise to California. I love teaching this dynamic blend of breath work,meditation and the exercise kryias :-working on strengthening the nervous system, balancing the glandular system and purifying the body alongside calming the mind.I learn something new with each practice , and all ages,levels and abilities can and should benefit from this ancient form .
I trained at Ballet Rambert 1998-1991 studying classical ballet and contemporary dance.After leaving I found a job fairly quickly in Amsterdam with contemporary dance company where I worked for about a year.On my return I then joined Union Dance Company in 1993 a well re-known contemporary dance Company which was culturally diverse, mixing contemporary dance, ballet, martial arts, hip hop and yoga. Over a 15 year period I worked with many choreographers including Doug Elkins from NewYork, Laurier Booth and Raphael Bonachela who is now Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company. We toured all if the UK and represented the British Council in Cuba, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Vienna and Sicily. I performed at larger venues like the Royal Opera House, Sadler's Wells and the Queen Elizabeth Hall. I've appeared on the BBC and Itv representing Union Dance as well as being in an advert for Baileys! I taught at the Brit School, all over the uk and abroad for schools, workshops for aspiring performers, adults and young children of all ages and abilities.Over the years I have acquired many skills and expertise in dance and yoga as well as many other forms of dance and movement. My teaching style is true to myself and what I love most, a blend of yoga, core strengthening and movement. My classes give you room to let you grow and become more confident. I support my students as individuals and become aware of their limits and their capabilities and encourage them to reach for them and beyond. First and foremost I love sharing my knowledge and giving my skills and expertise to other people an a warm and friendly environment.
I have been involved with oriental arts for thirty five years, starting with kung fu (Wing Chun), which I taught for a number of years. I came across Tai chi and it intrigued me, so when the opportunity arose, I began my formal studies with a local experienced practitioner during this time I also studied vipassana meditation and more contemporary methods of meditation. later I began to study chi kung methods under various teachers and I am a graduate of the British school of shiatsu Then in 1994 my journey took me to the door of Master Ding and was amazed by his skill and openness. I knew then what a genuine Tai chi Master was. I have been with him ever since. The Tai chi method he taught became clear to me. Master Ding, is a Yang lineage holder, 1st disciple of the late Grandmaster Ip Tai Tak, There are few Masters who can transmit the method like Master Ding and I feel privileged and fortunate to have trained under his guidance. I bring to my classes a wealth of understanding in oriental healing and exercise methods and believe in a more natural relaxed method to practice. In my classes on the last Sunday of every month you will be invited to explore and experience the profound duality of stillness and movement, incorporating balance, relaxation, power and strength that have attracted people to Tai chi in there million across the world.
I have a passion for well being and strive to facilitate others to pursue this same goal.Having achieved a degree in Human Movement I then completed an MSc in Occupational Health and Fitness, both of which 'healthy mind healthy body' have been at the forefront of my research and studies, ranging from physical concerns to the emotional and social reasons why people exercise.I qualified in Pilates at The Pilates Institute in London with Michael King in 2003 and have continued to update there throughout my Pilates career. I believe to evolve with integrity and competence as a valid Pilates instructor, it is essential to incorporate wider knowledge and experience, from which I have accumulated throughout my 32 years in the fitness industry. My experience has been sought working far afield: California, Australia, Pensylvania, France and Malaysia, to closer at hand in the local area. I worked at Virgin gym for a 7 year period teaching Pilates and at various other gyms as well as private venues ,working with 1-1 clients on individual programs and in class settings. Pilates is an intensive mix of strength and precision benefiting 'fit' sports addicts to those wanting to move their bodies through exercise as complete beginners.It proves to be a valuable discipline to care for and manage various physical problems ranging from back,neck,shoulder related issues -to functional movement debilitating conditions such as M.S., and due to its smooth controlled movements has great relaxation potential. Pilates lessons are calm and focused and suitable for all ages and all bodies.
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