It was the noticeable benefit of her years of yoga practice which inspired Ruth to train as a yoga teacher and subsequently as a yoga therapist. She has been registered with CNHC (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council) for Yoga Therapy since 2016, and is a Yoga Alliance Professional, having completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2013.
Ruth’s practice and teaching has evolved, from more structured physical practices such as Ashtanga toward person centred yoga practices adapted for the needs and ability of the person on the day. Yoga Therapy has been a key influence, with its aim to promote the overall wellness of the whole person. This ethos is carried into all of Ruth’s work, whether working individually with a client or in a class setting.
Recognising that health challenges are not always well catered for in a general class setting, Ruth offers some therapeutic classes for people with specific conditions or needs. These classes are focused on easing symptoms and supporting students’ wellness goals. Breath practices and relaxation are key elements, alongside movement to build strength, range of motion, and focus. Time is given for reflection on the effect of practices.
In addition to her yoga classes and private work, Ruth contributes to Real Yoga’s Teacher Training courses in Ledbury, where she obtained her Yoga Therapy Diploma. She recently completed an Award in Education and Training (Level 3). Ruth continues to develop her knowledge base through research, short courses, workshops, and teaching. Her personal yoga practice and daily life also provide fertile ground for growth.