Ginny Moffett – Senior Trainer
Ginny has been practising and teaching Hatha Yoga for over 30 years. She started her yoga practice with Frances Houlahan in Classical Yoga and with the Sivananda Vedanta Centre in London in 1986. She trained to teach Hatha Yoga with Ganga White and Tracey Rich at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California, USA in 1989. After a few years teaching in London, she left for East Africa and the Sudan where she taught for 12 years in the public, corporate and humanitarian sectors, including the Red Cross and the US Peace Corps . On return to the UK, she gained a Teaching Diploma with The British Wheel of Yoga in 2007. She has continued to train in Ashtanga Yoga with some the great modern masters of our time, namely: David Williams, Danny Paradise, John Scott, Reema Datta, Liz Lark, Richard Freeman, to name a few.
In 2015 Ginny trained with Wendy Teasdill in Ante-Natal Yoga.
In 2009, Ginny set up The Space, Yoga & Healing Studio in Thame, Oxfordshire, offering a wide variety of yoga classes to suit all abilities.
In 2016, she has written her Teaching Training Course, accredited by Yoga Alliance Professionals who she is registered with as a Senior Teacher.
Words from Ginny:
It is a privilege and honour to be training some of the yoga teachers of tomorrow. Never has there been a greater need for this ancient wisdom to be practiced and applied in our modern times. It is my sincere and heartfelt wish, that I offer my knowledge and teaching experience of this huge and diverse subject with sincerity and humility.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are as relevant today as they were back in history. They have a special place in my heart .
I also look forward to offering a platform to other experts in their field of Yoga. That we may share in the wisdom and be enriched by it.
OM SHANTI, SHANTI , SHANTI
Ginny’s style of teaching is a blend of the ancient and the new, the gentle and the challenging, the spiritual and the ordinary. Her yoga name, 'Fire Angel' reflects the passion and spirituality with which she delivers her teaching.
Since 2004, Dr. Matthew Clark has been a Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), where he has taught courses on Hinduism. He has spent many years in India, which he first visited in 1977, and has travelled extensively throughout the subcontinent. He first engaged with yoga practices in the mid-1970s and since 1990 has been a regular practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga. Dr. Clark is a freelance researcher and has lectured widely for both yoga students and academics.
Dr. Clark's publications include several articles and a book, which was his doctoral thesis, on a sect of South Asian renunciates (sadhus) entitled ‘The Dasanami-Sannyasis: The Integration of Ascetic Lineages into an Order’ (Leiden/Boston: E. J. Brill, 2006). His publications also include a short book on the origins and practices of yoga (2007). More recently he has been researching the ancient Asian ritual drink known as soma/haoma. He proposes that this drink was most probably an analogue of ayahuasca. His book on the topic is due for publication in early 2017.
Anatomy and Physiology Training
Leading the anatomy and physiology section of the course is Matthew Huy, who is a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals and teaches vinyasa flow at many studios including Triyoga in London. With a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, 12 years experience teaching yoga, and a passion for anatomy, he is known for his light-hearted and engaging approach to anatomy, which he always ties back to yoga. He has been lucky enough to study with Karen Clippinger, co-author of the definitive textbook Pilates Anatomy, and Andrew McGonigle (DoctorYogi) who has also acted as a mentor to him. Having formerly danced professionally, Matt still has a strong yoga and movement practice which informs his teaching.
In his teaching of anatomy, Matt aims to provide the student with a broad framework for understanding the biomechanics of the body so that students can have their own insights, rather than expecting them to memorise long lists of muscle attachments and biochemicals, which they won't ever use. His course focuses on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, as knowledge of these will be the most useful to the yoga teacher in the real world.
More information about Matt can be found at www.matthewhuy.com.
All trainees will also receive instruction from a selection of teachers from The Space Yoga & Healing Studio and elsewhere.