Sally Eccleston is a qualified yoga teacher as well as an educational psychologist currently based in Manchester, England. She has been working with children and young people since 2011, and after completing 5 years of study and work experience to become an educational psychologist, decided to travel to Thailand to complete her 200 hours foundation adults’ teacher training with Centered Yoga.
Here’s what she says about her own yoga journey and experiences along the way:
“I have been practicing yoga since 2012, at which time I was living in Manchester and was lucky enough to experience a variety of styles of teaching including Ashtanga Vinyasa. As is true for many people, my practice began solely at the physical level to compliment cardio-based training which I was involved in at the time. However, I soon realised that there was more to yoga than the postures themselves, and began to delve deeper. In 2016 I decided to complete a teacher training in Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga at Centered Yoga in Koh Samui under the guidance of Paul Dallaghan. Since then I have attended a number of workshops and retreats, learning from a number of experienced teachers along the way, including Kathryn Budig, Monique Fryer, Donna Southwell, Vicki Shields, Andrea Everingham, Anna Taylor and Ana Forrest. I now vary my own practice between a number of styles, including Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Vinyasa Flow, Yin and Restorative.
I would describe yoga as a journey of self-inquiry in order to strip back the layers of ourself, to learn what our bodies need and to feel good. I regularly draw on the eight limbs of yoga in order to offer a fuller understanding of the practice. I hope to offer a fun, adaptable and calming practice which is open to all.”
Sally has since completed 120 hours of training with Special Yoga in therapeutic yoga for children with additional needs, and yoga and mindfulness for children aged 2-13 and families.
Sally is fully insured and DBS checked. All of her trainings are Yoga Alliance accredited.
- BA Hons in Combined Studies, Psychology and French (Newcastle University)
- MEd in Psychology of Education (University of Manchester)
- DAppPsyEd Doctorate of Applied Educational Psychology (University of Nottingham)
- Yoga Teacher Training 200hr: Centered Yoga, Koh Samui, Thailand (Yoga Alliance accredited)
- Special Yoga Teacher Training: Special Yoga for Special Children (Yoga Alliance accredited)
- Special Yoga Teacher Training: Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Children (Yoga Alliance accredited)
Yin yoga is a slow form of yoga which offers you the space and time to slow down ,and to enter into a meditative state, so that we can stay with our experiences rather than rush from place to place or posture to posture. In a yin yoga practice postures are held for sustained periods of time, often five minutes or more. This allows our muscular tissue to relax and soften which has many benefits at the physical and emotional level. It allows us to stretch, open up the body, slow down and still the mind.
Often in our lives we find ourselves moving from moment to moment and day to day at such a fast pace. We often measure our success based on achievement and how much we have managed to cram into our time, or how many yoga postures we are able to get our bodies into within a class. This can create stress, burn-out, adrenal fatigue and a sense of ‘not enough’ or ‘less than’. Yin yoga instead invites a sense of ease, kindness and curiosity with ourselves so that we can accept exactly where we are in this very moment.
Yin yoga is suitable for all who would like to bring balance into their lives – it is a very powerful practice on its own and also complements more fast paced forms of yoga and exercise. Variations on postures will be given so that the class is accessible to everyone.