A Workshop with Jacqueline Purnell

Yogashala Ibiza

BWY Norfolk presents an In Service Training Day

A Journey of Sequencing Vinyasa Flow towards Splits practice Hanumanasana

10am – 4pm on Saturday 23 June at Costessey Centre, NR8 5AH

Jacqueline Purnell is qualified to teach the BWY Foundation Course One and Two. She is a qualified BWY Pregnancy Yoga teacher and also teaches pregnancy classes, post-natal recovery and baby Yoga.

Certified as a Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, and assisting on Quantum Yoga Teacher Trainings, Jacqueline has completed Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher training in India with the late Derek Ireland, followed Shandor Remete and attended teacher training of the Shadow School for 6 years. Jacqueline appears in the DVD 'Beyond Dynamic Yoga'.

Yogashala Ibiza

Outline plan for the day
10 10.15 Introduction to the day, structure, tutor and a short explanation of the subject matter. 
10.15 12.15 Practice of Vinyasa Flows 
12.15 1 handout & Theory.

1 - 2pm LUNCH 

2 2.45 Breath, and progression in the Planning of safe front splits practice. 
2.45 3.45 Individual requirements for teachers’ modification.
3.45 4 Evaluation, summary of the day, questions. 

Other information
Please bring along your usual yoga props, mat, belt, and blanket plus blocks x 4 and bricks x 2, if you have them.

Aimed at all levels to create current opportunities to enhance teaching methodologies as discussed.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided and our charity book stall will be open on the day

Full details and to book your place, please visit www.yogashalaibiza.com Cost £35

We look forward to welcoming you. 

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Thursday, 22 June 2017 16:11

Education is our passion!

Education is our passion!

There are many positives and many negatives to virtually every situation in our lives. This can be particularly true when looking at the area of education.

The whole question of education is coming under the spotlight.

While it is important that we look closely at any potential consequences to our actions and choices, with regard to life long learning we tend to find that our life seems to be more pleasant and our health and productivity tend to improve when we do our utmost to adopt an optimistic outlook. We would like to share our positive feelings for the future.

Education is our passion!

To quote Dr. Ruth Gilmore who has been a great inspiration to our teaching and our Courses. Particularly with regard to our emphasis and focus on Anatomy and Physiology.

Our mind and body are the two sides of the same coin”.
Dr. Ruth Gilmore

We believe Anatomy and Physiology to be that basis of everything we seek to create with you and fundamental to those wishing to become a safe, interesting and ever evolving teacher of Yoga.

At Yogashalaibiza we strive to ensure the teaching and learning experience for our students continually improves.

We strive to offer fair and impartial opportunities for student feedback on our Courses and we have an official complaint process. We have also offer Continuous Professional Development opportunities.

Education is our passion!

All of these are in place to ensure that we continue to evolve in ways that not only prepare our graduates to teach, also to bolster our ability to continue to support our students when they take their knowledge and experience gained from the Course out into the world.

Because of our own experience with family members who have been diagnosed within the dyslexia continuum, we have from the outset wanted to make our Courses accessible and practical in nature.

Today the UK Universities are in the mainstream news media, regarding a new assessment of teaching standards by the government of the UK.

The basis for the new assessment has been unveiled, and we are being introduced to the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
There is a Gold, Silver and Bronze award within the Framework.

Looking at The Independent: “Britain's elite universities are failing to achieve teaching excellence, official rankings have revealed, as the Government publishes its first major assessment of teaching standards in higher education.

More than half of Russell Group institutions – traditionally considered to be the best in the country – did not score a gold rating after entering the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).”

According to The Independent newspaper today of the 21 Russell Group universities that took part, just eight (38 per cent) were given a gold rating, including Oxford and Cambridge; 10 (48 per cent) were awarded silver and three (14 per cent) achieved a bronze.

Education is our passion!

Again The Independent states:
“The University of Portsmouth, Coventry, De Montfort University and Bangor are among those awarded gold status, despite sitting further down in traditional university league tables.”

Professor Dominic Shellard, vice chancellor of De Mortfort,  said the results illustrated “a real watershed moment for British universities”.
“To me, the TEF really demonstrates the passing of the old guard and the ushering in of a new hierarchy,” he told The Independent.

It seems the world of education is being turned upside down, which we rather welcome!

This has sparked new debate over teaching and learning opportunities and fee structures, which are always a hot topic here at Yogashalaibiza. We are restructuring our own fee system to be more adaptable for our students. Here at Yogashalaibiza we are so pleased to say that we are now embarking on a new phase for the future.

Again it is with great thanks to all of our students and Teacher Training and Module students who have worked with us here at Yogashalaibiza over the last (nearly 10) years. As we have always said education is always a two way process and we give heartfelt thanks to all who have been involved with us and especially to the local Spanish families who we work with and we hope to continue to find new ways to support you into the future.

Jacqueline is teaching a BWY In Service Training Day in Surrey in early September we will blog about it shortly.

Watch this space for more news as we move forwards.

Published in Blog
Wednesday, 07 June 2017 08:10

Breathing and Diving

Gain your fitness in beautiful Ibiza environments
2017 Ibiza Yoga Diving Holiday from only £769.00

Breathing and Diving

Spend time above the sea and in the world under the Mediterranean Sea. In Ibiza

Breathing and Diving

Since the age of eighteen, Jacqueline Purnell, founder of Yogashala Ibiza, has had a deep love of Sub-Aqua diving and loves to combine the calming aspect of scuba diving with yoga at many of the magical diving sites for the yoga diving courses and holidays that she runs in Ibiza.

Yoga diving Holidays are perfect for people who want to practice or improve their breathing underwater and dive alongside a huge variety of fish and marine life in the warm and crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea surrounding Ibiza.

Explore new horizons and exist for a time along side the fish in their environment a world where you can truly get away from it all.

Enjoy a vital new world and experience Ibiza from the perspective of the waters of the White Isle of Ibiza.

Depending on your requirements you can become certified with a PADI Open Water Course or a PADI Advanced Diving Course and enjoy an early morning Yoga Class with a very light brunch of fruit and muesli before we set off to dive.

The Yoga Diving Holiday includes:

A welcoming ceremony where we share our local knowledge of magical beaches, authentic and fine dining, and places to dance

(Full concierge service if required at additional investment)

Yoga ClassAn early morning Yoga class per day for five days with one free day: 6 classes altogether. Simple fruit and muesli breakfast except on free day and arrival and departure dates.

Breathing and Diving

Accommodation in Spanish Family run apartments with a pool and with own bathroom.

Massages and treatments including acupressure and deep tissue work. (Available daily depending on requirements charges apply).

Scuba dive options daily except the day off.

For more information, please contact us

Breathing and Diving

DivingThe cost for this retreat is from £769 per week in a shared room in your self-catering apartment (same sex), or to have your own room from £979. Please see costs and dates for more info, prices and availability.

Safety briefing and instruction of equipment

Talk on local marine life

Fast RIB ride out to a local island

Non-swimmers or snorkelers can enjoy our beach or the boat ride.

Diving and Yoga Diving Holidays. Please contact us for more details and to book on.

Breathing and Diving

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Yogashalaibiza offers cutting edge Prenatal Teacher Training 2009 to 2017 Yogashalaibiza offers cutting edge Prenatal Teacher Training 2009 to 2017

Yogashalaibiza offers cutting edge Prenatal Teacher Training 2009 to 2017The Telegraph newspaper in the UK reveals the dozens of neonatal maternity units which have been closed or downgraded since 2010 and the dozens more now under threat.

The move is towards more units being guided by midwives and more home births brings a new tradition being ushered in.

The skills given in the Prenatal and Post Natal Yoga Teacher Training by Yoga are so key as it becomes more and more important to guide mothers towards healthy and happy home births.

Trimester specific training in Asana and much much more vital information regarding the lifestyle of the Pregnant woman and to take her through the first six months after the birth.

Trust in the experts.

Click here for more information contact us

Yogashalaibiza offers cutting edge Prenatal Teacher Training 2009 to 2017

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We are offering complimentary full 90 minute yoga sessions every afternoon from 2nd-19th May 2017!

This May from 2nd-19th inclusive, we are holding a series of complimentary yoga sessions in the afternoons at 4pm to 5.30pm in the Garden of Joy!

You may know someone who could really do with the impetus of complimentary classes to inspire them to start or restart their practice.

Come & join us in the beautiful and lush surroundings and practise a full 90 minutes of pranayamas, asanas and deep relaxation.  You will enjoy deep breathing, fully oxygenating your tissues and relaxing your nervous system.  We will follow this with an invigorating and empowering mix of asanas, including inversions, balances and backbends.  On the more nourishing side we will also explore forward bends, natural spinal alignments and relaxing restorative postures.

Who is eligible:

Whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced practitioner or somewhere in between all levels are welcome!  This includes pregnant students and those who have just had their baby, who wish to strengthen and empower their own bodies whilst simultaneously nurturing a deep bond with the baby. 

The benefits:

The benefits of yoga for all are numerous and amongst those include improved blood circulation, enhanced strength and flexibility, greater mental and physical prowess, better posture, improved capacity for natural breathing, greater grounding and balance in your day to day life and significant stress relief.  Yoga is also said to clear the complexion, brighten the skin and eyes, enhance mental discipline, de-clutter and soothe the mind, relieve depression and anxiety and even prevent or slow down the onset of ageing.

Alexia Eden, Yogashala Ibiza Yoga Alliance 200hour graduate 2016

Published in Blog
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 08:19

Recent Reviews for our Teacher Training Courses

Recent Reviews for our Teacher Training Courses

Dana is a dynamic yoga and sports enthusiast, passionated about living a healthy lifestyle and ispiring people to find their own balance and happiness.
Offering yoga classes for groups as well as individual classes. Additionally special events for charity fundraising and private/public events.
In 2016 Dana completed her 200 hrs yoga teacher training at Shala Ibiza with Jacqueline Purnell. Ever since she has worked as a yoga teacher in Spain, Indonesia and Switzerland. Besides teaching yoga she is currently a student. When she was 18 she first left her home to live in Australia for 7 months. During this time she has launched her first Fundraiser run with friend of hers where we run 243km in only 12 days and fundraised for Alzheimer's Australia. Yoga was already a big part of her life by that time. It always supported her sporty activities and enriched her high intensity training. In march 2016 she ran her first Marathon in Barcelona. She sees yoga as a spiritual and physical enrichment to achieve her goals in live. Dana has travelled and lived abroad many times and got inspired by many different yoga teachers such as Sydney, Hong Kong, Barcelona and Indonesia.
Besides Hatha yoga she has knowledge in practicing Bikram, Ashtanga and Power yoga.
Dana Muller

His intensive course has given me tools and the confidence to teach and awakened an interest to learn so much more. Jacqueline created an atmosphere which brought us together as a group, motivated us and encouraged us to support one another - I feel I have made friends for life!
Karen Kileen

I have had a brilliant 3 weeks at Yogashala. I felt appreciated, supported and encouraged as an individual and this has greatly boosted my confidence. The trainer took the time to give me some advice to improve on my own personal practise which was much appreciated. Also i needed some extra practise teaching and this was provided which was very helpful for my professional development. I spent an amazing three weeks with amazing people that i feel lucky to have met and i was sad when it came to an end. I would definitely return there to do the pregnancy and postnatal course and my Advanced teacher training. The setting is beautiful and the meals were delicious. The activities were fun and I learnt so much about yoga. I came on the course to develop my own personal practise but instead have come away and am now working on a career in yoga. It was an experience im deeply thankful for.
Kayleigh Alexia Eden
5 out of 5 stars
Astrid Mangeng on Jun 02, 2016

The course is excellent in terms of practical teaching skills and experience - being exposed to teaching rapidly, and to teaching external attendees for classes right away is fantastic. The clear focus on safety and alignment will also absolutely stand me in good stead going forwards. It is clear that the leader of the course is tremendously experienced and knowledgeable in the field and she responded really well to the overall feedback from the group as the course went along as well edited.
Carla Hobart 2016
Christina Mayer on May 26, 2016

5 out of 5 stars
My experience at Yogashala Ibiza far exceeded my expectations. Jacqueline is a fun and warm and competent teacher, and I feel ready to teach and ready to further my yoga education thanks to her. Strongly recommend, five stars, amazing, brilliant-thank you!
Lynn Ramsson

My experience at Yogashala Ibiza far exceeded my expectations. Jacqueline is a fun and warm and competent teacher, and I feel ready to teach and ready to further my yoga education thanks to her. Strongly recommend, five stars, amazing, brilliant-thank you!
Raoul Defant

Yogashala Ibiza’s 300-hour advanced teacher-training prepares its trainees to teach principles and techniques of yoga that are more advanced, and to teach with greater skill, than could reasonably be expected of an RYT 200.
5 out of 5 = To a great extent.
Jona 2015

5 out of 5stars
Ivy 2015

5 out of 5stars
Julie Hanson on Sep 16, 2015

A Perfect Combination of Practical and Theoretical experience. A very thorough coverage of Anatomy and Class planning plus having a chance to teach to real pregnant ladies and mothers and babies was invaluable.
Anna 2015 Prenatal Course

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Sunday, 17 January 2016 23:38

Headstand Workshop

Headstand Workshop

Arrive 7th May depart 10th May 2017

Sat 8th & Sun 9th May 2017

£665.00 inclusive

Price includes three nights shared accommodation, all tuition, and a hearty brunch and dinner at the Garden of Joy both days. Meals are prepared using the finest available home-grown, organic vegetables.

Headstand WorkshopSchedule
Fri 6th - Arrive in Ibiza. Welcome talk.
Sat 8th & Sun 9th

06.00 - 10.00 Headstand Workshop
10.00 - 11.00 Brunch
11.00 - 16.00 Free Time
16.00 - 18.00 Headstand Workshop
18.00 - 19.00 Dinner

Mon 10th - Depart Ibiza


Accommodation is off-site in twin rooms with catering facilities. These are in apartments just 10-15 minutes walk from our centre, with a beautiful beach, local supermarkets, restaurants and cafes near by.

Single rooms are available on application for a supplement.

Headstand Workshop

What's not included

Insurance, flights and transfers to our venue are not included in the cost of the course.

We recommend that you book your flight as early as possible. Ryanair and Easyjet offer cheap flights. If you need help in finding a flight please contact us.

Taxi transfers from the airport to our centre cost approximately €35 each way.

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Saturday, 05 December 2015 10:42

A Workshop with Jacqueline Purnell

A Workshop with Jacqueline Purnell

Sequencing of Vinyasa Flow to Forearm Balance or in Sanskrit "Pincha Mayurasana"

Date/Time - 12/03/2016 / All Day
The Costessey Centre
Longwater Lane
NR8 5AH Costessey
Norfolk, England

Aims of the Morning

• Instructing Sequencing & incorporating Vinyasa Flows towards Full Pincha Mayurasana Forearm Balance.
• Exploration of the mechanics of asana involved in Forearm Balance and its modifications

A Workshop with Jacqueline PurnellObjectives

By the end of the morning the students will (be able to):
– Practise a sequence of postures relating to Forearm Balance within various groups of asana
– Utilise their charts to notate their sequencing of Vinyasa Flows and explore creating their own versions

Aims of the Afternoon

–  To offer students the opportunity to develop deeper knowledge of the physical foundations of Arm Balances.
–  To explore the delivery of gateways into the keynote asana within other groups of asana


By the end of the afternoon the students will (be able to):
– Reproduce the sequence/Vinyasa Flow moving towards full Forearm balance or a modification
– Utilise their charts to notate preventative practice for protection of vulnerable areas

Teaching Material Used On The Day

Interactive handouts

Methods of presenting the subject

Talks & discussions, demonstration, detailed verbal instructions.
Assessment: question and answer, feedback and observation

About the Tutor Jacqueline Purnell ERYT 500 Yoga Alliance, BWY Dip.

Jacqueline is a BWY Diploma Course Tutor and is licensed to teach the BWY Foundation Course One and Two. A qualified BWY Pregnancy Yoga teacher, she also teaches pregnancy classes, post-natal recovery and baby Yoga.

Jacqueline has been described as a leading innovator in the instruction of Vinyasa Flow  Yoga— guiding teachers and student teachers to create transformational vinyasa flow sequences to enhance their teaching and their understanding of Flow.

Jacqueline integrates the Breath in synchronisation with the most creative and demanding of Flows.

Also known for bringing the seeds of challenging postures alive for modern practitioners. Practitioners who wish to go deeper, to smoothly transform their practice into a truly  life-transforming journey.

A Workshop with Jacqueline Purnell

Outline plan for the day

10.00– 10.10 Introduction, housekeeping
10.10 – 11.00 Introduction of various Arm Balances, Pavanmuktasana,Bandha,Pranayama
11.00 – 11.30 Lecture and Q&A (handouts)
11.30 – 11.50 Tea Break
11.50 – 12.40 Lead asana practice dynamic sequences incorporating pavanmuktasana
12.40 – 13.00 Feedback, discussion, Q&A
13.00 – 14.00 LUNCH
14.00 – 14.45 Further feedback, practical work with handouts and Q&A
14.45 – 15.30 Lead asana practice facilitating safe techniques to develop towards keynote posture
15.30 – 16.00 Evaluation questionnaire (given and collected by host),

Other information and what to bring with you on the day.

Bring yoga mat and wear appropriate clothing.
Also bring a belt, yoga blocks and a blanket for relaxation.

Bring your own lunch, mug, colouring pens/crayons paper, yoga props and layers for warmth

Looking for new ways to present challenging postures? Then join Jacqueline on the journey of leading to Inversions.

Dear Jacqueline,
I so enjoyed the day with you, and learnt so much.
Guildford December 2015

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Friday, 04 December 2015 11:16

The Yogashala Approach to Gluten Free Living

Yogashalaibiza are offering the final few places for Christmas and New Year Holiday.

The Yogashala Approach to Gluten Free Living

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Celebrities are always trying new diets that are on trend - they come and go, but there is one diet that we are seeing becoming more and more popular in recent years: the gluten-free diet.

Gluten is a protein composite that can be found in wheat, as well as in related grains, such as barley or rye. The gluten-free diet first came about as a cure for an illness, Celiac disease; an autoimmune disorder that causes the small intestine to be hypersensitive to gluten.

The side-effects of Celiac disease can be painful and have long-term effects. With more and more diagnoses being made each year, companies have seen this as a way to increase sales through gluten-free products and foods, which have now become a trendy diet favoured by many celebrities. Of course, a gluten-free diet has perks for everyone, from improving your health, to helping lose a few extra pounds.

One of the most incredible perks of a gluten-free diet is that is forces us to cut out a lot of processed and unhealthy foods from our diets. Processed foods can contain an increased amount of chemicals and artificial flavours. We’re aiming for fresher produce and healthier alternatives of foods we ate before. By doing so, we are consuming food enriched in antioxidants and vitamins, helping increase our energy levels as well as building up the immune system. With boosted energy levels, we can say goodbye to those morning coffees!

The Yogashala Approach to Gluten Free Living

Of course, this new lack of processed and packaged foods, combined with the increase of their healthier and nutritious alternatives, is helping us drop the pounds.

This is also made easier by the fact that many deep-fried foods are now entirely off limits - the breading contains gluten! The gluten-free diet is known to aim towards foods that are non-starchy, there for eliminating unhealthy oils from the diet, as well as unhealthy carbohydrates found in products such as bread, doughnuts and pastries.

A gluten-free diet also gives us the chance to find new alternatives to classic foods in our diets. Whilst foods that have been essential to us for years, such as pasta or flour, are now being entirely cut out and replaced with new alternatives. Favourites in a gluten-free diet now include quinoa, rice and ancient grains, although the possibilities to explore new foods is endless.

In fact, gluten-free flour is one of the best sellers of gluten-free products, and there are endless cookbooks and online recipes for delicious, healthy, gluten-free alternatives to your favourite meals.

For those who suffer from Celiac disease, the gluten in their diets are preventing their ability to absorb iron. Iron is a vital protein - without it, it can lead to anemia; which leads to a deficiency of red blood cells, which can have serious effects.

The health benefits of a gluten-free diet are endless. Apart from improving overall digestive health, the diet can also improve cholesterol levels, leading to a significant decrease of heart disease. With the healthier diet, there can also be a considerable decrease in other health-related conditions, such as diabetes, and it has been known to also decrease the chances of certain cancers.

Of course, with the increased level of antioxidants as well as essential minerals and vitamins, our diet will certainly contribute to warding off viruses and germs.

Published in Blog
Thursday, 03 September 2015 21:23

Ibiza Essential

Yoginis Laura and Jacqueline MTV films at Yogashalaibiza 2011

Jacqueline Purnell pursued a successful high pressure career in the city for over a decade before coming to the realisation that she needed a complete change of direction. This change took her east to India and a Astanga Vinyas Yoga training course, where, on completion, a Vedic Astrologer created her chart, discovering that she had a “joyful duty to train Yoga teachers”. After a journey that continued around the world, Jacqueline has settled in Ibiza, where, amongst other things, her Yogashala sanctuary is instrumental in preparing new Yoga teachers. Essentialibiza caught up with Jacqueline to get a sense of her journey and what Yogashalaibiza offers…

What is Yogashala Ibiza?
Yogashalaibiza is a sanctuary of self-discovery for those who are drawn to taking personal journeys within. Ibiza is steeped in history, going back to the time of the Moors and in many ways still unspoiled, the island of Ibiza has so much to offer with its wonderful restaurants, breathtaking sunsets, many beaches and of course, its spirituality… and Yoga is a great way to experience the spiritual side of Ibiza.

What classes/ courses do you offer?
Jivamukti Yoga classes group and 121
Pregnancy Yoga classes
Baby & Me Yoga classes
Yoga diving combines Yoga and Scuba Diving

The Yoga Alliance 200 and 500 hour Yoga teacher training courses at Yogashala Ibiza are held in its own eco-friendly yoga centre… The Garden of Joy situated in a sweet aromatic pine forest with a pool, stunning views of the mountains and only two minutes from the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. The 200-hour course is designed for yoga students with a strong desire to teach as well as those looking to immerse themselves further in their yoga and take time for reflective personal development. In a sea of 200-hour graduates, it’s important to make yourself stand out from the crowd. More and more employers are searching for yoga teachers who have advanced level qualifications. We all know that when it comes to yoga the learning never ends; but by holding a 500-hour designation you show yourself to be a teacher with a difference. Our advanced training programme delivers 300-hours of higher level yoga training. These hours are added to your existing 200-hour certification, and allow you to become registered with Yoga Alliance at as a RYT-500.Ibiza Yoga Pregnancy & Post Natal Yoga Teacher Training – 85 Hour Module. Workshops, Weekend Headstand Workshops and Yoga Holidays.


Where can we find your classes?
The Garden of Joy, Sol Den Serra (next to Amante Beach Club)
Santa Gertrudis & Ibiza Town.

You offer Yoga teacher training, what advice would you offer someone interested in becoming a teacher?
When you start to research your Teacher Training, find a Teacher you feel you resonate with, somebody you actually like and feel respect for. Be careful not to follow a teacher because everyone else does, in short do not fall prey to a ‘cult of personality’. A true teacher will show their faults and attest that they have made mistakes, (many in my case!) in order to enable you to short cut those mistakes. Ensure your Teacher has a sound business element to their Teacher Training Course as if you do wish to become a full time Yoga Teacher you need sound advice and quality support. Teaching Yoga to earn your living is demanding and yet possibly one of the most fulfilling livelihoods on the planet if you get it right!

The Yogashala family of teachers is our ongoing support system and they are worldwide, our graduates speak for the practicality and user-friendliness of our Teacher Training Courses. Perhaps you already have your 200 Hour Certification and are looking to deepen your knowledge and your practice of teaching, again notice the experience of your teaching faculty and their ability to attract students and immerse yourself in our 500 Hour advanced Teacher Training Courses. You may be looking to specialize, then we recommend our Prenatal Module 85 Hours of practical Teacher Training in this much needed area of Yoga, from conception to babies of six month old, a truly socially conscious business.

When the uninformed think of Yoga we envisage classes of people stretching on their mats, but you offer much more than the normal yoga, tell us about the pregnancy yoga and the baby and me classes?
Jacqueline and Judith TrikWith the pregnancy Yoga it always feels as though the babies bring their mums along, we always joke about this as who knows it could well be true! Pregnancy and birth are quite possibly the two most powerful experiences in a woman’s life. The journey from conception to birthing to holding a new baby in your arms contains the full spectrum of human emotion and physicality. Strength, fear, love, anxiety, intense sensations, excitement, power and the huge leap into the unknown, it is a period of life that encompasses many phases from pure nausea, blissful hormonal rushes, manic organisational efforts, and weeks and weeks of butterfly inducing anticipation. And when baby arrives the female mind and body is again called into a complete, all encompassing service. Imagine coming into this period of your life with clarity, strength of mind and body and awareness. Imagine a conscious and loving conception. Imagine a joyful birth full of laughter. Imagine a period after birthing where you are able to tap into a deep peace and understanding, where conscious choice and inner wisdom guide you. Yoga can take you there.

Such a special time: the first six months of your baby’s life. It seems the babies already have a natural connection to yoga. It seems as if it is somehow innate, as if the yoga is within waiting to be uncovered. Babies display a kind of inner knowledge as they join with their mothers to create yoga together. I feel so blissed out sharing and holding the space for such a wonderful energy exchange. It is a time of deep bonding, mums just stare joyfully into their offspring’s eyes, totally joyous to behold. As if the time is precious for both mothers and their babies to deepen their relationship in a different dimension. A union. I enjoy teaching Prenatal Yoga and Post Natal recovery with the babies and their mums, I recommend this to all teachers as a wonderful and creative pathway to specialise in.

What does yoga bring to people’s life?

You offer Yoga holidays, what do these include?
We will be holding Yoga Boot Camp Holidays starting on May 17 – May 24 2014 and during the following weeks you may come for two or three weeks. Our yoga holidays include… A welcoming ceremony where we share our local knowledge of magical beaches, authentic and fine dining and places to dance (full concierge service if required). Two classes per day for one week with one free day – 11 classes altogether, with the last class on the morning of departure. Simple fruit and muesli breakfast except on free day. Accommodation in Spanish family-run apartments with a pool and with own bathroom. Massages and treatments, including Reiki healing, acupressure and deep tissue work (available daily depending on requirements charges apply). Meditation and chanting (subject to the group’s requirements).
Scuba dive options daily.

Where did your Yoga journey start?
My mother first introduced me to yoga as a child. When I reached adulthood I worked in the city, initially as a Reinsurance Broker at Lloyds, then a Reinsurance Underwriter with a multi-million pound portfolio. But after ten years in this profession I realised I needed a complete career change. I trained in Astanga Vinyas Yoga in India and soon after my training course a Vedic Astrologer offered to create my chart for free and he discovered something striking called a “Yoga” – “a joyful duty to train Yoga Teachers”. So with my family in tow I travelled to Thailand and the Red Sea, eventually teaching at many inspiring retreats and studying with many yoga masters. It was at this time I also developed my own brand of Yoga Scuba Diving.

I now serve as BWY Regional Training Officer for London, organising dozens of training events, creating vibrant opportunities for continuous professional development in the capital city and in 2007 my career and my wonderful partner Sol brought me to Ibiza (the Himalayas of the Mediterranean) for our first Yoga holiday. As a certified Doula, I can combine my joy of teaching Pregnancy and Post Natal Yoga into my teachings. Ayurveda, Philosophy, Anatomy and Physiology feature heavily in the Yogashala Ibiza Teacher Training courses and are specialities in the 200 and 500 Hour and Pregnancy Modules. Students from all over the world have been attracted to Yogashala Ibiza, from Azerbaijan to New Orleans, Texas to Switzerland and more men are embracing the injury prevention aspect every year; a snowboard instructor from Argentina, a Native American Indian from Manitoba and a Mallorquin surfing instructor have all empowered to share their love of teaching Yoga.

How much satisfaction do you get when you have successfully helped someone start their own journey through your teacher classes?
This morning I opened this lovely email that I feel answers your question…“Meet Fernanda, a graduate of Yoga Shala Ibiza Teacher Training Program. A practicing yogini since 1999, Fernanda graduated from the Yogashala Ibiza Teacher Training Program in 2011. Since then, she has been busy teaching a variety of yoga styles in Basel, Switzerland where she currently resides. Fernanda remembers her Yoga Teacher Training at YogaShala Ibiza as a memorable time building community and exploring the depths of yoga. “My time in Ibiza with Jacqueline planted seeds in my body, mind, and spirit that to this day are still growing. Jacqueline has a tremendous wealth and depth of yoga knowledge that she shares easily and effortlessly with her students. In addition, the yoga community that builds with the other yoga students is a tremendous source of support not only while in Ibiza, but also beyond. The students, the location and Jacqueline’s expertise combined to make the YogaShala Ibiza training a strong foundation to help me gain the tools and experience necessary to begin teaching yoga. When you train with Jacqueline, you have a mentor and a yoga guide for life!” Fernanda first fell in love with yoga because of the physical benefits of the practice. Over time, as the seeds planted from the YogaShala Ibiza training have germinated, yoga has infused itself deep into her body and mind and she is continuously discovering new depths to her practice. She finds that no matter what is going on in her life, she always feels more relaxed, more space in her body and mind, and more grounded after a practice.”

You’ve taught Yoga across the world, what made you choose Ibiza as the place to offer Yogashala?
It is true that I didn’t arrive to Ibiza’s beautiful shores until 2007 and all of my friends said that I would love Ibiza and they were so right! We have focused on Ibiza, as it is a space on the planet like no other,. I remember reading before I came that the veil between the real and the unreal is very thin over Ibiza. Everyone I have met in Ibiza, no matter what his or her beliefs, seems to feel that this is true.

What is it about the island that inspires you?
Although the focus with us is on yoga, while you are in Ibiza you can take the opportunity to experience aquatic sports, such as windsurfing and sub-aqua diving, in the beautiful clear sea, as well as hiking and horse-riding. It’s very easy to commute around the island by bus and small ferryboats, and we can provide local knowledge to help you find your way around Ibiza on your days off. We want to support our local farmers and their traditional lifestyle, and hope to form an ecological community with our neighbours. The Ibicenco people living in these rural areas are an extremely dignified people; their lives edging gently forwards in a time-honoured fashion with so many treasured techniques to share. Local farmers have been farming here for generations and still farm by hand. The mountainous interior of the island is a quilt of dense pine forest and olive and almond groves. Farmers use ancient terracing to cultivate their crops and irrigation techniques introduced by the Arabs over 1,000 years ago. We like to call Ibiza the Himalayas of the Mediterranean – we love Ibiza.

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