Asana Technique/Enquiry (Scaravelli Inspired Approach), Buddhist Insight Meditation, Somatic Experiencing Therapy
Gemma is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. Her Yoga teaching is inspired by the work of Vanda Scaravelli, supported by principles of Buddhist Insight Meditation (Mindfulness) and Dr Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing therapeutic work. She is an SE Therapist (Graduate Trainee / 4 years to date).
She lives and teaches in Totnes, Devon with her family.
Teachers and Influences in Yoga, Therapy and Meditation
Thich Nhat Hanh www.plumvillage.org
Dr. Peter Levine PhD and his Somatic Experiencing Method (Body Orientated Trauma Healing) www.traumahealing.com
The Insight Meditation Society (Many teachers :-most recent to date Steven Smith, Martin Aylward – (Now studying under Martin Aylward, Resident Teacher @ www.moulindechaves.org
Danny Paradise in Yoga (original teacher) www.dannyparadise.com (1998 – 2006) – Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga
I am currently studying a Scaravelli Inspired style of Yoga with Caroling Lang www.carolinelang.com
I worked with Bill Wood (Scaravelli inspired) for a couple of years unlearning and unwinding and I experienced 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. www.akiomori.blogspot.com
Flamenco Dance and the internal dynamic and energetic containment of Flamenco and how it seems to be so congruent with the Yoga teachings on Bandhas!
I have been taught by many humble, unnamed here, but certainly not unrecognised family, friends, teachers, mentors and students along the way.
Personal Background 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 14 years, practicing yoga and meditation for 17 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.