A little bit about me

 

My name is Georgina (Georgie) Bassford and I'm a working mother of three children.  I've lived and taught yoga in Bath since 2003.

 

I first came across yoga as a teenager, when I found an old yoga book of my mothers.  I attempted to copy the poses and practices from the poor quality black and white photos in the book.   But there was no internet and no local classes so it fell on the back burner until 1997 when a friend introduced me to the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in London.  Something clicked for me, and I went on to do the three year teacher training with the British Wheel of Yoga.

 

I don't teach a specific style of yoga (although over the years I've developed specialisms in pregnancy, postnatal yoga and women's health, as well as yin yoga).  I bring to my classes whatever new ideas I'm learning, share my inspirations and try new things. And I am still learning. Of course!

 

"You teach best what you most need to learn" Richard Bach

 

It's very important to me to keep on learning and moving with the latest understanding about the mind and body and to bring this into every class I teach in an accessible way.  I've recently completed (2016-17) training with Gary Carter of Natural Bodies, a world authority in the field of fascia and myofascial (muscle) within a yoga context and am incredibly inspired by Katy Bowman of Nutritious Movement.  Katy is a movement specialist and biomechanist and has a talent for sharing her understanding of 'why movement matters' to the masses. I recomend you check out her work. I also regularly attend in-person workshops and online trainings, which you can see below.

 

"Your cells respond to nutritious movement the way they respond to a healthy diet." Katy Bowman

 

Yoga is not a religion. It's not a panacea. But it has the potential to be life changing, moving you in the direction of good health and happiness.  Yoga can be fun or serious. fast-paced or slow, intense or relaxing, solitary or companiable, and much more besides. You know your mind and body better than anyone else and in my classes you're encouraged to be your own teacher, listening to your instincts so you get the most out of every class and leave feeling uplifted, happier and healthier than when you walked in! 

 

You can contact me at brightblueyoga@me.com or call me on 07940 704850.

 

 

 

Qualifications and Learning

  • 500hr 3-year BWY Yoga Teaching Diploma (British Wheel of Yoga.  BWY is the largest yoga organisation in the UK and is recognised by the Sports Councils as the national Governing Body for Yoga in the UK.  As a member of the BWY, I am bound by their ethics and code of practice, comprising values such as integrity, responsibility, competence and confidentiality. I am also insured through them.
     
  • 'Anatomy and Myofascial Movement series for yoga teachers' - 10 month (c. 100 hour) training with Gary Carter (Natural Bodies) to deepen my understanding of anatomy and physiology, learning the up-to-the minute science of fascia and myofascia and ways to use yoga to access and release tensions and tightness around the body that causes imbalances and pain.
     
  • Understanding natural movement - On-going online personal and professional development using Katy Bowman's wide range of books and online resources and other related material (www.nutritiousmovement.com)
     
  • Yin Yoga Immersion with Norman Blair and more indepth training planned for April 2018.
     
  • One day workshops in person with
    • Dot Bowen (Scaravelli-inspired practice)
    • Sarah Ryan (The Upanishads)
    • Maarten Vermaase (The progressive stages of meditation)
    • Derek Thorne (Atma Vichara - The Spirit of Stillness)
    • Charlotta Martinus (Yoga for Mental Health)
    • Bill Wood (Yoga and the Spine)
    • Christopher Gladwell
    • Andrea Newman (Yoga and stability)
    • Danielle Collins (Face Yoga)
  • Online training with Judith Hanson Lasater and Jenny Burrell
     
  • First Aider in the Workplace
     

PERINATAL

  • Infant Massage Course (Basic International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) Baby Massage Course)
     
  • Yoga for Pregnancy Teaching Diploma with Wendy Teasdill (BWY)
     
  • Post Natal Teaching Diploma with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli (Sitaram Partnership)
     
  • Adapting Modern Functional Fitness Tools for the Pregnant and Postnatal Client with Jenny Burrell (Burrell Education and FitPro)
     
  • Save a Life - Child and Baby British Red Cross certificate (level 1)
     
  • Member of AIMS (Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services)
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