|October 1999 Ashtanga yoga course with Godfrey Deveraux at The yoga place, Bethnal Green, London, England
June 1999 Ashtanga yoga course with Deena Kinsberg from Australia, The Life Centre, Notting Hill, London, England
October 2000 B.N.S Iyengar Ashtanga yoga course, Mysore, India
November 2000 Sivananda Teacher Training course, Trivandrum, India Approved Sivananda teacher
January 2001 Yoga for Health foundation – 1 week Yoga for M.S course
November 2001 2 weeks intense practise in New York at Integral yoga centre
January 2001 Yoga for health foundation complete scheme, Bedfordshire, England. Approved teacher by yoga for health foundation.
March- April 2002 Visited India and Sivananda ashram as well as Malnatheeram ayrvedic health resort
October 2002 completed MS society bigfoot fundraising event 50 miles in 3 days raised £829
February 2003 ran yoga Retreat at La Serrania spain
June 2003 Diploma in Anatomy and physiology level 3 ITEC
IAIM certified infant massage instructor September 2004
Birthlight perinatal yoga (pre and post) March 2007
British wheel of yoga teaching diploma November 2008
Yoga nidra teacher training module July 2016
2018 currently on calm for kids childrens yoga course with BWY
I asked to take three months’ unpaid leave from Cap Gemini in order to study in India. My employer agreed and I began to plan the trip of a lifetime. Despite my reservations about travelling by myself, I knew inside that I was doing the right thing and if nothing else it would give me a different perspective on life.
I left behind my boyfriend (now husband) and set off on my trip. Part of my plan was to spend time in an ashram, doing a teacher training course in Kerala and also to go to Mysore to study there. I knew that at the end I would have a certificate so that I could begin to practise teaching if I wanted to. I was not sure if it would be a new career for me, but it gave me more options.
India was amazing, a real attack on the senses. I got sick but still I love it there. I returned significantly lighter than when I left but also really inspired by the whole experience. This made returning to my old job really difficult. I kept with it for three months and started to teach to gain experience. I also enrolled on a further teacher training course, and anatomy and physiology.
It was such a huge step in a different direction, it was almost like starting out again. I wanted to be sure I was getting all the correct qualifications because by now I had decided that I would leave my career in IT. I eventually took the plunge and resigned. I took a part-time job to keep me going, as I knew that initially there would not be enough money to live off from teaching yoga.
It was hard at first but I never questioned it once I had left; it just felt so right. I would visit all the gyms and health clubs looking for work, because at the time, six years ago, yoga was just beginning to get popular so there were no agencies that you could go through to get work.
I worked in Champneys in The Strand, and The Third Space, a trendy gym in Soho, teaching early morning classes and also working evenings after my day job. When I felt confident, after about 10 months, I left my part-time job to teach full-time. My day was no nine-to-five any more. I would teach in the morning, over lunchtime and in the evening, so it was quite a different routine to get into.
I have since moved three times and taught yoga in Spain, Dublin, Bournemouth and now Winchester. I now have the luxury of being able to manage my own workload. They say the grass is always greener. One thing is for sure – you have to be very determined and very motivated. You can do anything if you put your mind to it. My motto is: follow your dreams.
* Rachel Bean runs Discover Yoga
www.discoveryogauk.com 01962 843005