About Trish - Wild Willow founder
I have worked in the health and wellbeing industry for nearly 30 years. I started out teaching aerobics in the late 80’s and have fond memories of packed classes of lycra clad folk jumping around to some awesome music. Thankfully the fitness fashions and trends evolved – although I still love a good old fashioned aerobics class.
I had dabbled with yoga over the years but struggled to find a class I liked and to be honest just didn’t really get it. Injuries forced me to revisit it about 13 years ago and I eventually found a class I loved – Power Yoga. A class that worked me hard and presented plenty of challenges – which is part of what I have always loved about fitness. My interest grew and I decided to do the BWY Foundation Course in Yoga – which was a wonderful year of regular Sunday workshops with a teacher who introduced me to a more restorative practice and meditation. This was something I really struggled with initially as I didn’t really do calm and slow! However I soon realised the benefits it could bring me and ended up really looking forward to those Sunday’s. I took the plunge and qualified as a Yoga Instructor and have been having great fun sharing my passion for yoga ever since.
I try to make my classes inclusive and fun. There is a fitness theme to many of them as that is my back ground so we do often raise heart rates and build up a sweat but with fun, laughter and acceptance. I like to promote movement with ease and acceptance. Using the breath to create space and allowing movement in the body that is right for you on that day at that time.
I currently teach across Bath at various centres but mostly at YMCA Bath Group. The YMCA and I set up a free gentle yoga class at their Bath site in Broad Street Place, every Wednesday at 11.30am – everyone is welcome to come along and give yoga a try. I love sharing my passion and enthusiasm for yoga – I know we all lead busy lives and have multiple commitments that take time away from nurturing ourselves. Finding time for a little yoga in your life can be transformational – even if it some simple stretching or breathing exercises – it all works and has a positive impact.
Yoga and Fitness qualifications: Gym Instructor, fitness assessment, step, post & ante natal, exercise for the older adult, indoor cycling, Pilates, Les Mills Body Balance and finally yoga where I qualified through Yoga Professionals (in association with YMCA Fitness Industry Training) level 3 Diploma in Yoga – a 500 hour qualification, Hot Yoga, Strala Yoga Intensive and many other workshops and teacher training events including: acro yoga, Forrest yoga, Ashtanga primary series, Anusara Yoga, restorative practice and many more. My most recent training (2019) was with Norman Blair for Yin Yoga - a week immersed in teaching Yin with one of the leading lights on this wonderful practice. This year I also attended a two day teacher training with Dan Peppiatt and a week in India doing lots of different styles of yoga. I am currently studying a course in Kundalini yoga and have attending many inspirational workshops with leading yoga teachers including the wonderful Clare Brave Fish Yoga - I love learning and sharing!
Academic Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Sociology; Advanced Post Grad Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing; MBA - Masters in Business Administration; PGCE - Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Secondary).