Ruth Spencer
Sivananda Yoga Teacher

Qualifications:
PG(Dip.) SCPHN Health Visitor, BA(Hons) Complementary Therapies, Clinical Aromatherapist, 200hrs Yoga Teacher, Children's and Teen Yoga Teacher, Postnatal Yoga Teacher.

Contact details:
ruthspencer@centre-yoga.co.uk

Professional body (NMC, IFPA, BGI Insurance)

My background is in Children’s Nursing (RSCN) and Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN Health Visitor/School Health Nurse). I am a Registered Health Visitor and Children’s Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), practising since 1995.

I have qualifications in complementary therapies including Clinical Aromatherapy, Bach Flower Remedies, Infant Massage and Child Sleep Coaching. I am a Certified Children’s and Teen Yoga Teacher and Certified 200hour Yoga Teacher insured with BGI.

I trained in the traditional style of Sivananda Hatha Yoga with Universal Yoga in Bath led by Charlotta Martinus and with the Teen Yoga Foundation also led by Charlotta Martinus. I also trained with Yogabeez led by Bryony Dukitt in Children’s Yoga. I have recently completed a 30hr online Chanting – Yoga of the heart course with Janet Stone. I recently completed a CPD course for Yoga Teachers and Health Professionals in Postnatal Yoga with Yoga Mama London.

I have also been practising Iyengar Yoga for 18 years and enjoy practising and learning about other yoga disciplines. I regularly attend a variety of yoga workshops to keep my teaching and practice up to date and immerse myself in reading and learning about yoga philosophy to deepen my practice and remain authentic to the teachings and discipline of the 8 Limbs of Ashtanga Yoga.

About my teaching

Having been in the nursing profession all of my adult life, I know the importance of slowing down to listen to my own heart and take care of myself in order to be able to continue to provide care to others. I believe nursing is at the core of the Bhakti Yoga tradition of devotional service to others’ and I am passionate about helping others’ to continue to share their gifts whilst taking care of their own needs.

Yoga is more than the physical asanas taught in class, it encompasses a way of feeling connected to the self, others and the world we live in and is many things from being true to oneself, being of service to others’ and having a non-violent approach to life which includes daily consideration for the impact we have on our environment.

My classes draw on yogic philosophy to inspire others’ to live more fully and in harmony with our wonderful planet. I integrate the teachings of Sivananda Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Kirtan and Restorative yoga practices to align and calm the body, mind and spirit in preparation for meditation. In addition, I use complementary therapies to enhance the overall therapeutic experience in my classes.

I offer regular evening adult yoga classes. I also offer regular adult Aromatherapy Yoga weekend workshops for wellbeing. 1:1 and 1:2 parent and child/teen and couples therapeutic yoga is available by request.

Classes are typically 1-1.5 hr.

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