Hi, I’m Bronwen
I embarked on my teaching journey 14 years ago. Over the years, I have guided many clients to a healthier lifestyle – in both private and group sessions. I love teaching different people and meeting them where they are at with their bodies. I enjoy witnessing how their health and wellbeing improves by incorporating some simple daily practices.
I’ve always been interested in how our body’s energy is influenced by movement, the environment and the food we put into it. This has led me to study and qualify in many different, but related, modalities.
Yoga, Pilates, Shiatsu and Mindful Eating are practices that have had the most profound impact on my life. Besides their practical aspects, I’m drawn to their philosophical, spiritual and energetic aspects.
Mindful eating helped me to overcome an eating disorder that had developed over many years of yo-yo dieting. It helped me to learn to listen to my body and trust it to tell me what it needs. I started using Mindful Eating techniques 20 years ago and I’ve neither dieted nor had extreme weight fluctuations since.
My introduction to Energetics and the body’s energy systems was during my 3 years of Shiatsu training. What I was discovering resonated with me and led me on a journey of exploration…
My Yoga Journey
I’ve practiced Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and hot yoga at different times in my life. Hatha was my introduction and gave me the grounding of the asanas. I was then attracted to the more physical Ashtanga yoga. I trained with Ulrike Lamprecht who teaches the traditional Ashtanga method taught to her by Sharath R. Jois, grandson of the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore India. I enjoyed the routine and flow of the class – getting into the flow of the movement and the breath.
I then started practicing Vinyasa Flow with Lauren Mensikovas who had trained under the Baptiste Power Vinyasa Institute in the USA. She encouraged me and gave me the confidence to practice asanas that I previously thought I was incapable of doing. I learnt that with the right technique and instruction, they were all possible. This added a lot of fun to my practice.
After teaching Pilates for many years, in 2013 I felt inspired to become a yoga teacher and trained under Jim Harrington who’s teaching is a blend of ancient traditions and research-based science. I was attracted to his teaching because of my background in Exercise Science and Pilates. Jim Harrington taught me awareness of my body’s positioning and muscle recruitment whilst practicing, allowing me to experience the same asanas I’d come to know in a different way. I also learnt more about alignment and preventing injuries in the asanas by engaging and relaxing the correct muscles.
After my second pregnancy with our identical twin boys, I learnt to be more gentle with myself and my body. I couldn’t do the things that I could previously do. I was regularly attending classes with Lisa Murray, who teaches Hatha Vinyasa Yoga in a hot yoga studio, and she continued to remind me to listen to my body. It was then that I was introduced to the work of Vanda Scaravelli and felt inspired by her approach of using gravity, the breath and the wave:
“It is not so much the performance of the exercises that matters, but how we approach them mentally and physically.”
I’m now studying Meridian Yoga for my 500 hour training with Annie Cryer, incorporating meridian and energy work with Vanda Scaravelli’s philosophies, combining my training and love for Shiatsu with yoga. My journey of study continues to inspire my teaching journey…
When I’m not teaching, my own daily practice includes yoga, Pilates and running. I have a deep connection with the ocean and have always lived close to her. I surf as often as I can and when there’s no waves, I like to run along side the sea and sense her rhythm.
After 2 pregnancies and 3 babies (do the maths on that one!), I enjoy the stillness and peace that yoga and mindfulness allows me to feel. My body has changed and it now responds differently to different movements. I’ve learnt to allow my body these changes and not try to push it where it doesn’t want to go.
My exploration of health and healing through many modalities has helped me to find balance in my own life and guide my clients to find balance in theirs.
I like to view balance in terms of the yin yang symbol. At the extreme yang, it becomes yin; at the extreme yin, it becomes yang. There’s a little of each in the other. Together they find balance. We are all yin yang. Sometimes more yin than yang, other times more yang than yin. With the right guidance and practices, we can spend more time in that perfect balance of yin equaling yang.
If this resonates with you, if you’re looking to find some balance in your training and health regime, join my practice.
Registered Yoga Teacher 200hr (RYT)
Pilates Matwork Teacher (BASI)
Shiatsu Practitioner (Shiatsu Society UK)
Nutritional Therapist (IAN)
MB-EAT Facilitator (Mindfulness Based Eating Awareness Training)
Reiki Level II Practitioner (Traditional Usui Reiki Ryoho)
Clinical Weight Control (SAC)
Personal Trainer (RIA)
Bronwen has buckets of life experience and a wide spectrum of clients that she has worked with and built solid professional relationships with during her years in the industry.
She has always maintained a very positive outlook on life and has been consistent in her approach when dealing with clients. She has a soft but confident approach that is very soothing and nurturing.
Among the many strings in her bow, Bronwen is an accomplished author, Pilate’s teacher, yoga instructor, personal fitness trainer, mother, entrepreneur, surfer, blogger and most importantly a fundamentally good person who has always done right by others and her self.Andrew Wyllie