I teach in the tradition of T Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar. After studying in the UK and intensive study at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India, I am qualified as a TSYP yoga teacher/therapist continuing to develop therapy teaching with a particular interest in the areas of emotional and mental wellbeing.

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My work offers yoga therapeutically, and I am registered for Therapeutic Yoga with CNHC (Complementary and Natural Health Council) as well as the International Association of Yoga Therapists C-IAYT.

I have trained with Yoga Academy, Simon Low, and with Julie Friedeberger enabling me to offer yoga to people living with cancer. I subsequently continued to deepen and focus my study with The Society of Yoga Practitioners (TSYP) enabling me to offer therapeutic yoga on a 1-2-1 and appropriate class basis, underpinned by the use of regular personal practice.

After establishing a regular practice of Vedic Chant under the training of TSYP and Radha Sundararajan I qualified to teach Vedic Chant and offer regular sessions.

I see Yoga as a holistic system which can help to bring balance and clarity on all levels: body, breath, mind and emotion. Yoga practice encourages the unfolding of the qualities of self-awareness, resilience, stability and trust that help us to meet challenges and to use them as opportunities for growth and change.

Yoga offers a range of practical tools to help mobilise our inner resources. Those tools include physical movement (asana) led by the breath, the style could be described as meditative movement and is suitable for all levels regardless of age, injury and flexibility. Classes include breath led asana (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises) and rest with some sessions including Yoga Nidra, to promote the liberating qualities of wellbeing, strengthening and ease of movement, breath and mind.

I see myself as a student first and continue to develop my own practice and teaching.

  • Yoga teacher and therapist (class and personal practice):

    The Society of Yoga Practitioners (TSYP) & Association for Yoga Studies (aYs)

  • Vedic Chant:


  • Yoga Therapy Registrant:

    Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) -

  • Certified Yoga Therapist C-IAYT:

    International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT) -

"I am in my third year of attending your classes. In that time we have all advanced from our different starting points and have understood that we are also "our own teachers." You are very aware of individual difficulties and conditions and help people accordingly so that we work at our own pace offering supported learning that helps people to develop more self-awareness. We learn the benefits of each practice and through our own study and class involvement. We are also learning some Sanskrit along the way.
In the class we have also become close friends as a group and all support each other, enjoying trying new practices, in fact, having fun!"


Cambridgeshire and Hampshire

Among the many benefits from this subtle, sophisticated, yet common sense approach to Yoga are the following:

  • Respects the uniqueness of each individual

  • Makes yoga non-exclusive, personal and universal

  • Increases self confidence

  • Helps us to deal with life’s inevitable changes

  • Improves the quality of our relationships

  • Helps us to accept limitations and cultivate more patience

  • Reduces risks of injury

  • Compliments other health care systems

  • Can help with many with chronic illnesses

  • Increases overall well-being

  • Often works when more conventional approaches cannot

Ready to find out more?

Contact me for more information at maggie_shanks@hotmail.com or 07790218681