About Joy

I dipped in and out of yoga classes for a number of years but although I enjoyed practising I hadn't found the right fit for me. In 2010 I moved to Whitstable and started classes with Emma Slade. It was Emma's inspirational teaching that really ignited my passion for yoga. I attended Emma's classes for the next 7 years, completing the British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course with Emma in 2017. I then went on to complete the BWY Teaching Certificate in 2019.

Prior to teaching yoga I worked as a music therapist for 18 years. During this time I developed a compassionate and inclusive approach to working with people, which is integrated into my teaching of yoga.

I continue to attend regular yoga classes, workshops and courses with experienced and well respected yoga teachers to enhance my own practice. I also attend a twice monthly Yoga Teachers hub led by a senior yoga teacher to ensure I am receiving support and continuously reviewing and improving my teaching.

I have personal experience of anxiety and depression which also informs my teaching and gives me insight into how our mental health can impact our lives. I continue to learn and share practices which I find helpful for building resilience and supporting mental wellbeing including recently completing a 50 hour training in Trauma Resilience Embodied Yoga and Social Impact.

Qualifications & CPD (Continuing Professional Development)

2021 Yoga for All online course Dianne Bondy (current)

2020 Trauma Resilience Embodied Yoga and Social Impact -  Aneta Idczak - 50 hours

2020 Mental Health 1st Aid - Learning Curve Group - Level 2 Certificate

2020 Professional Resilience - Future Learn - 6hrs

2019 Yoga & Alexander Technique Course - David Moore & Rosella Bueno - 3 days

2019 Yoga Reloaded Teachers Immersion - Functional Movement - Yoga Reloaded - 4 days

2019 Yoga Teaching Certificate - British Wheel of Yoga - 300 hours

2017 Yoga Foundation Course - British Wheel of Yoga - 60 hours

1998 Post-Graduate Diploma in Music Therapy

1996 BA (Hons) in Education and Music

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