Gilly Thirlwell - Hatha Yoga
Gilly Thirlwell has been teaching yoga and meditation for over eighteen years and is also a yoga therapist, teacher trainer and assessor. She gained her first yoga teaching certificate in 1996 at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram in India. This was followed by a year in Thailand, where she worked as a meditation retreat coordinator and yoga teacher whilst deepening her own meditation practice at Suan Mokkh Buddhist Monastery.
Gilly earned FRYOG's two-year yoga teaching diploma in London in 2003 and has recently completed a two-year post graduate training in yoga therapy with Real Yoga in Herefordshire. She regularly updates her knowledge and skills by attending conferences and professional development courses, most recently, 'Yoga Therapy and Mindfulness for Addictions' with the Minded Institute, London.
Gilly has taught yoga and meditation in schools, colleges, ashrams, retreats, community centres and therapy centres in India, Thailand, Spain, London and the North East. She founded the Avani School of Yoga in 2010 and is a presenter at the 2014 Yoga Show at Olympia. Her teaching and therapy skills are enhanced by training and experience in anatomy and physiology, aromatherapy, massage, health psychology, counselling and occupational therapy.
Each Hatha Yoga class with Gilly begins with guided relaxation to release stress and bring your awareness to your body, your breathing and the present moment. This enables you to practise yoga consciously, greatly enhancing benefits of the practices. Warm-up exercises and yoga postures (asana) improve core stability, strength, flexibility, balance and concentration. Breathing techniques (pranayama) help you to focus on (in!) your body, expand vital energy (prana), unblock and balance energy channels (nadis) and release deeply-held tension. Guided visualisations / meditations enable you to connect the different aspects of yourself for peace, harmony and well-being. The whole practice is gentle, focused and meditative.