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Anna Blackmore, BA(HONS), DO, MRSS(T)
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Anna has been teaching yoga and practicing as a bodywork therapist since 1982. She has done extensive training in western and oriental bodywork, including osteopathy, massage, shiatsu and in several styles of yoga; Iyengar, Sivananda, Astanga Vinyasa. She also has a great deal of experience of many other yoga methods, meditation and mind training.

Clive Sheridan
with Pattabi Jois

"My first yoga teacher was Clive Sheridan, whom I met in India in 1978. Clive has his own unique style. I found him an inspiration because of his knowledge of philosophy and astonishing mastery of the postures, but also by the way he combines a deep and genuine devotion to his yoga practice with being a very normal, fun loving person, fully engaged in life, love and adventure. We persuaded him to teach us yoga on the beach under the palm trees. Someone (a bit the worse for much late night partying) would regularly disrupt the class by topping over in the unstable sand into a pile of giggles. But with great patience and good humour Clive persevered with us! I was hooked and came knocking on his door again the following year asking for more teaching"


She initially did a Sivananda yoga teacher training in South India in 1982 and then went on to qualify as an Iyengar teacher in 1986. In 1990 she spent 6 months in India studying with the Iyengar family in Pune and with K. Pattabi Jois in Mysore.

"I am grateful for having had the opportunity to study with some of the masters of the previous generation, BKS Iyengar and K Pattabi Jois. I would also like to acknowledge the late Derek Ireland for all the inspiration, fun and laughter he brought to yoga and the way he could use a joke or wry comment at just the right moments to puncture competitiveness and release the tension of excess struggle"

Anna first studied yoga therapy in India in 1982 and later in the UK and the USA and is currently involved in training yoga teachers with The Life Centre and teaching yoga therapy for the Yoga Therapy Centre.

"My initial encounter with yoga therapy was 2 weeks study at the Yogic Prakash Hospital for Chronic and Incurable Diseases in India in 1982. When I arrived at the gate of this unprepossessing building in a residential area of Ernakulam, my first sight was of a white, completely sheet swaddled 'mummy', sitting on a chair alone in the middle of the yard!! It was a [live] patient having a sunbath under the orders of Dr Satyanand. He proceeded to put us [two] students on a stringent régime of only raw food and lemon juice, regular salt water purges, early morning asana and pranayama practice and long late evening lectures. We had to absorb his teachings while learning the mental discipline to endure the avid attentions of millions of mosquitoes! I have to confess I was young and impatient and did not stay the course, but learned far more than I realised at the time"

Wanting to learn more about the body, Anna then studied and practiced several forms of bodywork, massage and reflexology before discovering shiatsu. She has qualifications in shiatsu from The Community Health Foundation (1984) and The College of Shiatsu (1993), is registered with the Shiatsu Society as a practitioner and senior teacher and was an assessor for several years. She taught shiatsu, oriental medicine, anatomy, physiology and pathology for the European Shiatsu School for 12 years.

"In 1982, while on a yoga retreat, I met Chris Jarmey, who became the founder/director of the European Shiatsu School and has since written many successful books on shiatsu, oriental medicine, and self development. He is one of the most inspiring, talented (and humorous) teachers on these subjects and has been a great source of inspiration to me."

Anna qualified at the British School of Osteopathy in 1989 and was in practice as an osteopath for 11 years.

" I chose osteopathy because I wanted a thorough training in anatomy and physiology and in a well established complementary medical therapy. After 11 years in practice, I had gradually moved away from what is usually expected from an osteopath and more towards using yoga and teaching people the tools to treat themselves. I therefore took the decision not to register with the GOsC when it replaced the Register of Osteopaths in 2000."

Having completed an NLP practitioner's course in 2002, she went on to do hypnotherapy training with Gil Boyne in 2003.

with Gil Boyne

After taking some courses in self-hypnosis I became fascinated with the mind and how we use [and misuse] it. "I was very fortunate to have had a chance to study with Gil during the time he was based in London. He has been one of the most innovative and courageous pioneers of transformative hypnotherapy and opened some long locked doors in my mind."

Over the years Anna has been gradually evolving a style of therapy, which combines yoga and hands on bodywork with hypnosis and NLP .

" I have realised that working with the mind, which the ancient yogis knew all about, is by far the most powerful tool for healing and for achieving whatever we want in our lives. Combining it with the physical experience of hands on bodywork, while engaging the active participation of the client via yoga, seems to help anchor the process in the body-mind. This enormously increases the lasting effectiveness of the treatment. For me, this style of work brings together the different strands of my training and experience in a way which I find endlessly exciting, fulfilling and enjoyable"

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