People are drawn to yoga for various reasons. It is generally accepted that yoga can improve health and well being, help to manage chronic conditions and stress, as well as offer space for detachment and meditation. So much more than a workout, yoga involves the whole body and mind. It helps to channel energies and brings life into balance, and those with an interest in philosophy can find profound insights in Yoga scriptures.

Michaela Palmer is a yoga teacher based in the South West of England, currently teaching a number of Hatha yoga classes in the Bristol area. Her practice has developed over many years, fostered by inspirational Iyengar, Ashtanga and Viniyoga tutors. Apart from group classes, she also delivers yoga workshops and one to one tuition and holds a British Wheel of Yoga teaching diploma.

BWY Foundation Course September 2018 - June 2019

If you wish to learn more about Yoga, its rich history and philosophy, as well as taking your personal practice beyond the constraints of a weekly yoga class, then this course is a great choice. We will be exploring a range of yoga postures, breathing and relaxation techniques in depth, and learn about core concepts of Yoga, such as Hatha energetics, Mantra and Chakra. There will be talks and discussions about core texts as well as the relevance of Yoga in everyday life. Please find more details in the course information leaflet.

Yoga Foundation Course Yantra

This 60 hour Foundation Course, validated by the British Wheel of Yoga, is suitable for anyone with an interest in deepening their understanding of yoga and a regular class attendance for about two years. Movement limitations should not prevent you from successfully completing the course. It will run for 10 Sundays over 10 months at Portland Therapy Centre, North View, Staple Hill, BS16 4NQ.

To apply for a place on the course, please read the course information, and send a completed application to micpalmer@live.co.uk. Make sure you also contact your current yoga teacher and ask for a reference.

About Michaela

Yoga can take one on an inspiring journey that does not end. A gymnast in her youth, Michaela rediscovered the joys of well-aligned postural movements whilst attending Iyengar yoga classes in 1999. Thanks to Renate Lalloo familiar poses started to set off a much deeper resonance and so Michaela's yoga practice grew roots. Some years of Ashtanga yoga with Christopher Gladwell followed, which improved strength and stamina, and made a longer, flowing practice possible. In October 2013 Michaela completed her BWY teaching diploma under Angela Ashwin, who always inspires her students to see beyond postures. Michaela's practice now focuses more on yoga as a means of self-enquiry, using the breath as a diagnostic tool.

According to her students, Michaela is an intuitive Hatha yoga teacher who makes it easy to understand why yoga is practiced in particular ways. The breath is a strong element of Michaela's dynamic classes. Michaela has been teaching in Further and Higher Education for over fourteen years, and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Post-Compulsory Education. She currently practices Viniyoga with Paul Harvey, and meditates with the Bristol Shambhala meditation group. Inspired by a visit to the Mandala Yoga Ashram, Michaela also began to sing Carnatic music and Bhajans with Durga Ramakrishnan.

Michaela Palmer