Jason, Head Coach
Recently Dave has taken up BJJ to develop his technique on the ground, he is not afraid to tackle new arts and relishes the opportunity to learn new material. One of the delights of watching Dave train is how he quickly absorbs material, practices it and employs it in his own repertoire. Sparring Dave always has its surprises as he continuously adapts and develops. A true Black belt to be admired he has not sat on his laurels but instead grows and grows.
A personal point from Jay ‘Having known Dave for well over a decade he is without doubt not only a great student but a great inspiration. I have learnt a great deal from Dave and I reckon I will continue to do so. He keeps me and Scot on our toes just as a black belt should.’
Recently Nabeel has come onboard to help coach and has already proved to be a favourite, with students commenting on how helpful and patient he is. We are really proud to have Nabeel as part of our team and believe he will go much further in the arts. As they say watch this space.
After initially starting in Yoga in her home town Jemma decided that she would like to become more immersed in the subject. Therefore she embarked on an intensive four month program in Thailand before returning to the UK to start a teacher training program with a view to setting up her own school. Upon completion of the program Jemma has started to teach here at the Forge.
Jemmas passion for Yoga studies has led her to make another life changing decision in that she has left her role in the police to study Osteopathy for four years at the world famous European School of Osteopathy. Jemma believe that these studies will significantly enhance her yoga teaching and will greatly benefit her students.
To date Jemma continues to participate in Yoga teacher training courses always looking to further her knowledge in order to ensure that she is always offering her students the best in the education and practice of Yoga.
Jackie found yoga helped her to stretch as part of her gym, running and fitness regime.It wasn’t long before she realised that there was so much more to it, including space to stop and just be, through mindfulness and meditation. Yoga soon became a big part of her life and Jackie fell in love with Vinyasa yoga. Her passion led her to study to become a yoga teacher in 2011 as she wanted to share her love with others.
Her medical background is evident in Jackie’s classes allowing her to give attention to anatomy and alignment but still embracing the philosophy and esoteric aspects of yoga. All of this supports what she has become known for in her classes.
Since her initial training with Claire Missingham, which followed the lineage of Krishnamacharya, Jackie continued working with other renowned teachers adding to her knowledge and teaching offerings which include hot, pregnancy and restorative yoga.
She reminds those new to yoga to be gentle on yourself, without judgement, listen to what your body is telling you! If it says back off then give yourself permission to do that if it seems to want to go further honour that too but without harm. Keep at foremost of your mind that yoga is bringing connection back to your breath and body, the yoga poses are the process to help make that happen.
Jackie has seen improvements in strength, flexibility and stress, not only for herself but also for those who come to classes. She understands people have busy and full lives with lots going on but hopes through her classes there will be time to experience those benefits but also for fun and relaxation.