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!