Meet our smiling yoga teacher of the month, Sally Parkes.
I was, and still am amazed at what a therapeutic practice yoga can be, and I can honestly say that yoga totally changed my life by helping to make it a happy one. My journey with yoga started in 1998 when I was studying for my degree in Sports and Exer- cise Science. I was enjoying my work as a personal trainer and fitness instructor but wanted to find a more all-encompassing and spiritual approach to wellness. As soon as I went to my first yoga class I knew I wanted to teach and so started studying and practising as much as possible until I was ready to embark upon teacher training.
I was initially drawn to Iyengar yoga, which I think is fantastic for building a solid foundation in asana practice, but eventually moved on to Ashtanga yoga. I was fortunate enough to do my teacher training in Thailand with Paul Dallaghan and then practice in earnest with Russell Case and Sarah Miles in Brighton. Now based in London, I teach Vinyasa Flow and Hot yoga to people from all walks of life and I pride myself on making yoga accessible to everyone regardless of age, ability or experience and I truly believe yoga is for everyone and there is a style to suit everybody’s needs.
I teach at Indaba Yoga in London (indabayoga.com) and run retreats all year round in the UK and Spain, and I’ve just launched a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training. I also present master classes and workshops at various health and wellbeing conferences including The Vitality Show, and I write regular articles for a number of health and fitness magazines. For more information visit