With many years of practice and experience, our yoga and meditation teachers are from a variety of backgrounds, offering a wonderful range of different practices suitable for everyone.
(Jungle Healing founder & owner)
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Derry Jayne O’Toole
“Yoga has many different forms aside from the physical exercise, for me my path started out as a spiritual one and very much continues to be so in my life’s journey. Yoga happens on the physical, mental and spiritual plane, so for me Yoga opened up on the physical level when I was in my teens, but it is fair to say that my yoga explosion happened when I was even younger, when I met my first Yoga Guru at the age of 3 in the Himalayas, on the bank of the river Ganges.I have since been practicing yoga for more than 25 years. I have been teaching different forms of Yoga since 13 years old and as I grew older and met more masters, I learned more practices, including Tantra, Astrology, Crystal Healing, Meditation, Ayurveda, Nada Yoga, Kirtan, Kriyas, Mudras, Karma Kanda, Trataka, Kundalini Yoga, Tapasaya, philosophy, pranayama, amongst a few practices, and eventually started teaching Bhakti Yoga – Yoga of Devotion, Karma Yoga – Yoga of Action and Jnana Yoga – Yoga of Wisdom. I moved to China 3 years ago and taught Hatha Yoga there and then eventually returned to the UK
Students love my classes for its alignment, depth of relaxation, interesting stories from the Yogic traditions and all the hints that a mystic has to share. As I am joined to many ancient and traditional lineages I can share a wide rage of practices of Yoga and the many perspectives that they have to offer, but at the same time, providing a clear workout, where the clients of Yoga can gain a complete yogic experience.
My clients often say that they feel that the yoga is authentic and traditional. They say it is easy to understand. They say, they can see my passion.
I am passionate about helping people understand the benefits of yoga, different people come with different queries, I am more than happy to share what i have learned and refer them to other teachers if necessary.
I spend my time often teaching or researching, since I am a historian in Art, Archaeology and History, of Ancient and Medieval South Asia. These days I am only teaching Yoga and Meditation, but is possible that I get a day job. From this you can see that I am quite centred around the practice of Yoga and it is very much a lifestyle.
I grew up in Crawley and then ended up moving around and traveling for study, work or research. I have travelled to the Himalayas and other places in India and have closely worked with Yogis who practice in both solitary, non-institutional and organisations. Today and still closely connected to my many Yoga Gurus, who continue to encourage me to teach yoga and meditation”.• • • • •
“I started practicing yoga in my teenage years in a local studio in my hometown. Soon after I began to experience some of the many benefits of the yoga practice. I started noticing I was feeling a lot more present and grounded. I was also able to communicate and express myself better and I was feeling healthier and happier than ever. This is how my journey began.I now perceive the practice of yoga as one of the greatest spiritual teachings that integrates a vast number of aspects, still valid in our daily and modern life. I believe Yoga teaches us to be more calm, present and live each moment mindfully; to love and respect other beings and most of all to unite the mind and the body, the breath and the movement, the yin and the yang as part of each and every one of us.Over the years my practice turned into passion and my passion turned into profession.Soon after I graduated from my training, I started teaching a variety of styles – Hatha, Vinyasa, Hatha Flow and Restorative among others.In my classes, I emphasise on the correct alignment, as I consider it being of a great importance when it comes to the yoga practice, in order to gain understanding of the poses and their impact on the body. I often encourage my students to try out something they have perhaps never tried before, as I believe each and every one of us benefit from change and challenge is often what helps us broaden our perspective and expand as human beings.Looking back, I couldn’t be more grateful to have started on with this journey, which at the time I couldn’t have imagined would bring me where I am right now. Namaste”.• • • • •
Erika is a busy mum of two children and lives with her family in Crawley. She has been practicing Pilates for over 15 years and in 2016 qualified as a Level 3 Mat Pilates Instructor and in June 2017 she became qualified POP Pilates instructor. Erika is currently in the process of doing further advanced Pilates instructor courses with the Body Control Pilates in London in order to achieve a Level 4 Pilates Instructor qualification which is the highest level of achievement in Pilates qualifications in the UK.
Erika’s background in clinical massage and her knowledge of the human body is being reflected in her Pilates classes. She teaches her clients the main principles of Pilates and correct techniques of individual exercises. Erika tailors the exercises specifically to clients’ needs at the time of the class and also gently helps to correct clients into safe exercise techniques.
Erika is a fully insured member of REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) and a holder of an up to date Emergency First Aid at Work certificate. As well as teaching private and corporate clients, she also teaches Pilates classes at the Hawth Theatre, LOOSEYoga, Acorns gym, Jungle Healing studio and POP Pilates classes at Bridgeham Clinic.