Yoga Classes in The Cotswolds, Oxfordshire

Meet the trainers


Nikki Jackson (Director of Yoga Therapy Training Course)
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I have practised yoga since 1983, taught yoga since 1990 and became a BWY certified yoga teacher in 1998. I started working in NHS in 1991 as an occupational therapist using yoga as a therapeutic intervention for people suffering from a variety of physical and mental health conditions. In 2004, I began specialising in mental health, working in both mainstream and forensic psychiatry using yoga therapy practices and principles to support people through their recovery journeys.  In 2006, I was contracted by NHS occupational health department as a yoga therapist to support NHS staff in their rehabilitation back to work schemes. I have worked as a yoga therapist in the private sector since 1990’s for people suffering from numerous and varied health conditions and have run yoga therapy one to ones and groups in local GP health centre. I am a Mindfulness for health teacher and have run regular 8 week courses in Mindfulness for stress and pain since 2016.

I am currently the British Wheel of Yoga representative for the British Council of Yoga Therapy. In 2015 I set up the first BWY foundation courses in Yoga Therapy and in 2020 I accepted the offer from BWY to build the fully accredited 550 hours professional training course in yoga therapy.

I believe that lifestyle management is key to creating health and wellbeing. I am passionate about Nature, the natural process of life and empowering people to heal themselves naturally with the wisdom and teachings of yoga therapy.

Vicky Arundel (Lead Trainer in Musculoskeletal conditions)

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I am a 500hr E-RYT Yoga Alliance teacher and yoga therapist with over 20 years of practice experience and 1500+ hours of formal training. I trained as a yoga teacher in 2009, completed my Graduate Certificate Yoga Therapy training in Australia in 2015 and have since gone on to explore a wide range of movement modalities. I passionately believe in mindful movement as a form of healing and use an interdisciplinary approach when working with clients, drawing on my diverse experience of yoga, pilates, somatic movement, corrective exercise, strength training and myofascial release techniques.  I believe that any movement has the power to be a deeply therapeutic experience when combined with breath, mindfulness and our willingness to be present and curious. I have experience working with a wide and diverse range of physical and mental health conditions and I specialise in clients working with chronic pain, musculoskeletal imbalance and injury.

There are several further guest trainers on this course including Swami Krishnapremananda,Swami SatyaDaya (ancient texts relating to healing power of yoga), Margaret Landalepsychotherapist (psychosomatics), Tarik Dervish (ayurveda), Fiona Agombar, (chronic fatigue), Lizzie Cummings (creative therapies) and more.