Jackie stumbled into Yoga in 1971
when she transferred out of the local Adult Education Judo class because she was fed
up with being thrown around by large perspiring men.
Unsure about what Yoga involved she then became fascinated and gained her British Wheel
of Yoga teaching diploma in 1987.
Jackie has explored various schools of Yoga. Having a contrary lumbar spine and temperamental
sacroiliac joint, she was particularly interested in the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli, an
Italian aristocrat, whose original teacher was B K S Iyengar. Vanda developed a softer, holistic
approach to the Yoga postures, focusing on the breath and gravity to release the spine.
Like working from the inside out, starting with the structure (bones) and waking up the deep
postural muscles to release the spine. It's not, however, a soft option, requires a lot of attention
and once the body wakes up, anything is possible. Jackie believes passionately in this way of
approaching Yoga postures because it worked for her, but more importantly, she can see her students
benefiting so much from their practice.
Jackie has worked for many years under the tutelage of John Stirk, who has developed his own unique style
and was a student of Vanda's until she died in 1999 at the age of 92 years.
The Cavendish Pavilion, Field End Road, Eastcote, HA4 9PG is a wonderful Tudor style building, set well back
from the road and backing onto Cavendish Park. It is very quiet and on a summer's evening there is just the
sound of bird song and racquet on ball from the nearby tennis courts. There are excellent parking facilities.
It is a perfect venue for Yoga.