Yoga i Bawb was started in June 2005 by a group of yoga teachers and students around Aberystwyth and Machynlleth who wanted to make yoga more available within the community. They aimed to expand yoga out of the evening class, and make it more accessible to vulnerable and hard to reach groups. The group were originally supported by a small grant from CAVO and initial projects included working with local schools to offer yoga to children, with Age Concern to offer classes to the elderly and with the British Red Cross Carers group to provide yoga to carers. The work of the group has since expanded and YiB is now working on a programme to offer yoga and stress reducing courses commercially within the workplace.
The Teachers and staff
All YiB staff are trained to at least British Wheel of Yoga accredited standards and have been formerly assessed as yoga teachers. YiB is committed to the continuing training of its teachers and all of them have taken additional training in the areas in which they specialise. All teachers are committed to follow a programme of Continual Professional Development.
Rachel Lilley - Project Co-ordinator and teacher
Rachel has worked in charities for over 15 years and has experience in project management, fundraising and PR.
Rachel has taught yoga since 1994 locally. As well as her initial teaching diploma she has had additional training, most recently in the BWY Childrens Module and the BWY Pregnancy Module. Rachel originally trained as a journalist and then worked as a Campaigner, Project Manager, Fundraiser and Press Officer in charities. She combines her knowledge and skills as a teacher with her extensive knowledge of the voluntary sector to co-ordinate Yoga i Bawb. Rachel runs classes for children and pregnant women as well as general adult classes. Rachel is a Welsh language learner.
Lesley Wheatley – Teacher
Lesley has taught yoga locally since 1994. She has extensive knowledge of working with people with special needs – and worked with adults with special needs for 17 years before retiring. Lesley has had additional training in working with children with special needs and has completed the BWY Pranayama Module (breathing techniques). Lesley reduced her teaching input in June 2008 but continues to advise and act as a mentor. In 2012 Lesley completed training in The Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs course. www.yogaforbacks.co.uk
Sue Jones Davies - Teacher
Sue is a qualified BWY teacher. She has taught yoga since 2002, but prior to that has had many years experience as a drama and singing teacher working with children and adults. She is a Welsh speaker and is currently a local councillor in the area. Sue runs classes for carers, the elderly, people with mental health problems and school children as well as general adult classes. She also teaches a class through the medium of Welsh. And is qualified to teach the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs course.
Katy Tuxworth - Teacher
Katy qualified as a Hatha yoga teacher with the Life Centre, London in 2006. She has a very gentle and holistic approach, drawing on her experience as a massage therapist and the teachings of Donna Farhi in particular. Katy believes yoga is a great way to maintain balance in an often busy and chaotic world. "It has so much to offer us all, no matter what ability or age. In times of need it has been and continues to be my rock. I would encourage everyone to give it a go". Katy is also trained to teach the Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs course.
Chair - Eryl Bray
Treasurer - Paul Scullion
Lesley Wheatley - Secretary, yoga teacher and mentor
Alyson Tyler - Website, yoga teacher
Mair Jones - Finance officer, Welsh translation, yoga teacher