Jessie Blackledge

Jessie Blackledge is a yoga teacher based in Birmingham, UK.  She completed her teacher training with Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre in Cork, Ireland, working closely with Yogacharya Lalit Kumar and his team.  Jessie is trained in traditional Ashtanga and Hatha yoga as well as pranayama, meditation and chanting. During this training, Jessie learned about yoga from a wide range of angles, from anatomy to philosophy to Ayurveda and meditation. This training taught the essential nature of staying true to the source of traditional yoga and its philosophies, Jessie tries to bring elements of this into all her classes. The classes are a mixture of Ashtanga and Hatha yoga, using pranayama (breath techniques) and bandhas (energy locks) with a series of therapeutic postures to create the sense of a meditation in motion.  Jessie is currently working around Birmingham with her business, Ahimsa Yoga. She teaches classes at various venues as well as offering individual classes for those who would prefer to learn from home.  She is about to embark upon working with some charities through yoga, soon starting up a project with the Alzheimer’s Society, running seated yoga classes for some of the clients and their families. Jessie will also be working with Freshwinds, a charity who provide support for adults and children with life threatening illnesses. Here she will be teaching some yoga classes as well as taking part in some research into yoga as a therapy. For the past 2 years Jessie has lived in South Korea with her long-term partner, teaching English. She has travelled around Asia and Africa, and particularly enjoyed India, where she studied yoga and meditation in its purest form. Early next year Jessie will partake in a yoga Internship in Goa, India with Himalaya Yoga Valley, where she will extend her training and education and expand her knowledge and experience of yoga and help to run a yoga business in India. Website: www.ahimsayogaonline.comTwitter: @ahimsayoga1Facebook: www.facebook.com/#!/YogaForMindAndBody

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