Linda Irving Dip HE, BWY Dip.
I was first introduced to yoga over 34 years ago by my mother (now 96). My mother trained as a yoga teacher more than 50 years ago. She practised yoga at a regular weekly class and at home until the age of 86 and was an inspiration to many, including myself.
I completed my teaching diploma with The British Wheel of Yoga 28 years ago. I have been teaching classes in Newcastle and Gateshead ever since including The British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Courses since 2002. Many of the graduates from the accredited Foundation Course have gone on to be yoga teachers themselves.
I have studied with many great teachers and Swamis. Sri Swami Satchidananda (Integral Yoga) has been a spiritual inspiration since I met him in the late 1980's and I often had the opportunity to hear his teachings in lectures and, more personally, at the home of my teacher, Lashmi Waters. I studied Dru Yoga in 1991 with Mansukh Patel and Rita Goswami, when they first re-introduced this style of yoga to the West. I gained a Certificate in Yoga therapy for Low Back Pain in 1994 after studying with Dr Robin Munro. I have trained in Counselling and Reiki and hold a Higher Education Teaching Diploma. Over the years I have continued to study with Swamis and teachers in various styles of yoga, including Iyengar, Astanga and Kundalini. I also learn from my students and my study of yoga spiritual books and self study of yoga in my daily life. I really enjoy sharing the benefits of yoga and seeing my students shine.
I teach regular weekly beginners/ intermediate classes throughout Tyne & Wear. I also teach Gentle yoga classes and have taught a chair yoga class at Throckley Day Centre for about 18 years, where students in their 80s and 90s enjoy the fun of yoga.