Your Teacher

Emma Petitt 


I started yoga in my mid-twenties. I loved how it made me feel. My body felt strong and balanced, my flexibility increased. I simply felt better. As I continued to practise, I was steered towards practising Ashtanga Yoga with Gingi Lee at his Sangam Studio in Battersea. I practised the Primary Series for 8 years with Gingi before leaving London and moving to the country. I really enjoyed Ashtanga Yoga. It deepened my understanding and love of yoga.

Since living in Wiltshire, I have continued to develop my yoga practice and have trained to become a teacher with Debby Wilkinson through the British Wheel of Yoga. The BWY teacher training equates to more than 500 hours and is comprehensive, ensuring all BWY teachers are safe and knowledgable. I enjoy teaching Hatha and Vinyasa Flow Yoga blending elements of Iyengar alignment with Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga Yoga, teaching pranayama and relaxation techniques. Since qualifiying in 2011, I have continued by ongoing development as a teacher by undertaking workshops and trainings with international yoga teachers, including David Swenson, Jason Crandell, Bill Wood, Peter Blackaby and most recently Gary Carter.

My classes are based on the sequencing of Yoga Poses performed in a flowing Vinyasa Style. A typical (non-beginner) class would start with Surya Namaskar (Salute to the Sun) which is a flowing series of postures synchronised with the breath to help improve strength and flexibility in the muscles and the spinal column. Classes will also include Standing Postures, Balances, Backbends, forwards bends and twists. Then we finish the class with some time spent in relaxation to bring tranquility and peace to the mind; to revive our confidence and awaken a sense of self-control.

It is important for students to work at their own pace so I therefore usually offer modifications of poses to suit my students. This allows everyone to get the most from their practice.