After discovering a gem of a class at a local gym and practicing for a couple of years, I liked the sense of calm, peace and focus yoga gave my very distractible mind. I also enjoyed less aches and pains as a result of my body becoming steadier and stronger.

I'm certainly not super bendy or acrobatic and started yoga after working many years as a postman and graphic designer before that. So I consider myself to have a fairly regular body reflecting a regular working life!

I traveled to Kerala, South India in 2015 to 'deepen my practice' (as they all say!) and enjoyed my teacher training course. I really loved my experience in the Ashram and knew yoga was going to stay a big part of my life.

With a genuine desire to help others share in the benefits of a regular yoga practice, I began to teach part time and continue to learn. In 2017 after 10 years at Royal Mail I left to become full time self employed as a yoga teacher.


I qualified in June 2018 as a Somatic Exercise Coach having trained with Lisa Petersen @ Living yoga. This line of enquiry changed my own practice, my teaching practice and approach and I really like how the practice teaches others to help themselves.

I have now lead yoga asana classes with pranayama and more mindful movement in Manchester for over 8 years and have gained over 3000 hours of teaching experience at my classes at leisure centres, community centres, an inner city school, college and university, private offices, covering at Bodywise in Manchester Buddhist Centre and on-line on Zoom.

In the busy leisure centre environment my creativity and ability to adapt and change has proved essential. In these popular fully rounded classes I like to create a non-competitive, peaceful, light-hearted, atmosphere combining the energy of group practice with individual focus. I try to allow time for people to absorb what they do, move more mindfully and encourage a peaceful practice which hopefully enables folk to continue their day with a sense of well-being.

Believing in continuing personal development I continue to attend workshops and further training. The most recent listed first:

During Lockdowns in the 2020's I've had the opportunity to learn with some of my teachers teachers and explore other areas of body work:

J Brown 500hr Yoga Teacher Training (2022)
Befriending the Breath, Space and Gravity Immersion Series (2022) Lisa Petersen
Somatic Immersion Series (2022) Lisa Petersen
Livestream Class Series (2022) Donna Farhi Lisa Petersen Neal Ghoshal
Somatic Immersion Series (2021) Lisa Petersen
Restorative Yoga with Adelene Cheong
Laban / Barteneiff fundamentals with Alexandra Baybutt
Body Mind Centering with the STEM/Embody-Move teachers and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.

and before lockdown in person:

Intelligent Yoga: A CPD weekend with Peter Blackaby (March 2020)
The Embryology of Communication: Cells, Blood and Fluid Movements with Amy Matthews (Nov 2019)
Somatics CPD: Pelvis, pelvic floor, psoas, sacrum and jaw theme Lisa Petersen. (Sept 2019).
Coming Back to the Senses with Donna Farhi (June 2019)
Gentle is the New Advanced with J Brown at Triyoga, London. (Jan 2019)
Breath Centered Yoga with Leslie Kaminoff at Triyoga, London. (June 2018)
Moving from Centre with Gaby Porter.
Somatic Movement Education with Lisa Petersen, Gaby Porter & Maggie Peasewood.
Embodied Yoga with Amanda Latchmore,
Yoga with Christine Howitt,
Core stability CPD with GLL and Kirtan.
Yoga Teacher Training 200hr Alliance RYS Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre. (Jan 2015)

I regularly attend Bhakti yoga sessions because I love the music and I often go to a classes in person and more recently on-line which inspires and informs my own practice.

With a background in graphic design, the arts, and occupational therapy, there’s a lot of other stuff I can also bring to the table!















© Jamie Summers 2023