Still Flowing Yoga Asana Technique, Insight/Mindfulness Meditation, Buddhist Philosophy
Gemma is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance
Her Yoga teaching is therapeutic, founded upon principles of Buddhist Insight Meditation and Mindfulness and informed by her work as a trauma therapist (advanced trainee) – Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing Therapy.
Her Yoga integrates the spiritual, physical, psychological and emotional. It honours the rhythm inherent to all living processes, and works organically to restore balance and wholeness in the body and soul at the level of the nervous system.
The yoga she practices and teaches is a dynamic journey towards core integration. By aligning the bones and stabilising deep core muscles, we can free the breath, awaken the spine and balance the nervous system.
Her teaching focuses on feeling deeply, exploring and experiencing the body from the inside out and from the outside in. She offers students a myriad of poses and possibilities – some traditional, others experimental.
Gemma blends dynamism and stillness into an integrated fluid practice that is both gentle and powerful.
She encourages her students to inhabit their bodies in new ways and is fascinated by the layers, working and movements she and her students discover together.
Playful in her approach, Gemma works to find simple ways to transmit complex processes – enabling students to validate their own unique, embodied experience.
Hers is a feminine approach, she encourages lightness, humour, warmth, colour and community in her teaching and works very much individually with each of her students so as to find the appropriate individual route that resonates with their system.
For Gemma, yoga is also a healing art form. It offers a way of understanding life and sharing this understanding with others in a creative, beautiful and uplifting way.
Teachers and Influences in Yoga and Meditation
Thich Nhat Hanh
Peter Levine and his Somatic Experiencing Method (Body Orientated Trauma Healing)
The Insight Meditation Society (Many teachers :-most recent to date Steven Smith, Martin Aylward – (Now studying under Martin Aylward, Resident Teacher @ www.moulindechaves.org
Silence, Nature, Animals, Danny Paradise in Yoga (original teacher)
Most recently I have worked with Bill Wood and I have been exploring with him around the deconstruction of asana and how to teach a more individualised approach within a class context.
Over the past 3 years I attend regular workshops with Diane Long and also Angela Farmer & Victor Van Kooten. I am inspired by their wild, unorthodox approaches to yoga asana, the awakening of the spine, the way they set up the internal dialogue with the body, their intuitive / creative approach to the teaching of Yoga, and their joyful attitudes.
My friend, mentor, teaching colleague and teacher Aki Omori, profoundly clarified the direction of my practice and teaching introducing me to Somatic Experiencing and supporting me along the way. I work with Aki in London when I get the chance.
I have been taught by many humble, unnamed here, but certainly not unrecognised family, friends, teachers, mentors and students along the way.
I am half English (London) and half Spanish (Ibiza) and I find myself eternally split between these countries. It is for this reason that Still Flowing Yoga TT has found its home in Ibiza (it is in the blood!)
I am a full time mother and partner, and I live in Devon where I teach yoga.
I love people, children, animals, cooking, gardening, walking my dog Zeus, dancing, music, generally pottering around and perfecting the art of relaxation, skiing, riding, swimming in rivers, nature/trees, chaotic cities, people watching, laughing, learning practical skills that help me to live in a more engaged way, travelling, movement, indigenous culture, enquiring, exploring…
Professional Yoga/Meditation Biog
I have been involved in the yoga retreat and intensive yoga world for the past 13 years, practicing yoga and meditation for 15 years, and I have been running yoga teacher training programmes since 2008. I co owned and co directed El Convento Yoga and Meditation Retreat Centre in Andalucia, and I was co founder and director of AshtangaOm Retreats with my ex partner Nic Freeman which was established in 2001. My depth of experience in this field led me to the creation of Still Flowing Yoga Teacher Training which both consolidated, and allowed an ongoing expression of my knowledge of intensive yoga group facilitation, research and coordination of appropriate yoga curriculum material that would allow for a broad, open minded and integrated study into yoga and meditation.
Yoga is a journey that leads us back to our true selves. Yoga facilitates the realisation of this great intimacy and acceptance of ourselves, as we are – human beings first and foremost – within this mysterious/unfathomable world – only from here can we even start to contemplate matters of Spirit