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Shirley Doolan Teacher I’m    Shirley,    a    semi-retired    former    Art    teacher, mother    of    four    lovely    sons    and    wife    to    a    very understanding    and    endlessly    patient,    Steve.        I embarked   on   my   Art   teaching   career   at   the   Grange School   in   sunny   Runcorn   and   as   I   was   moving   back to    the    North    from    Brighton,    accommodation    in Runcorn   Brookvale   came   with   the   post.      In   the   late 70’s   Runcorn   was   just   emerging   and   to   be   in   a   New Town,   with   a   new   husband   and   a   new   job   was   a   bit of   a   shock   to   the   system.      We   were   living   in   the middle    of    nowhere,    teaching    was    harder    than    I expected,   especially   year   eights!!      Steve   and   I   were getting    used    to    living    with    each    other    and    we needed   to   widen   our   experiences,   so   we   decided   to   join   some   evening   classes.      He   chose   Shotokan   and   I headed   towards   a   Yoga   Adult   Education   class.      I   had   always   enjoyed   sports,   but   as   with   most   people,   was unsure   about   this   new   form   of   exercise   where   you   laid   down   at   the   end   –   what   was   that   all   about?      I   just wanted   the   adrenaline   to   flow,   get   a   buzz   and   feel   like   I   had   tired   myself   out.      What   I   expected   was   aerobics, what I got was an experience which, over the last 40 years, has shaped my life. Over   the   next   few   years   I   moved   back   over   the   river   to   Tarbock,   left   the   Grange,   started   teaching   at   Widnes Sixth   Form   College   and   had   my   first   son.      I   continued   going   to   Yoga   classes   and   enjoyed   many   different teachers,   workshops   and   yoga   retreats,   but   my   actual   teaching   journey   began   in   1982   with   the   wonderful   Pam and   Gordon   Smith.      Their   teacher   training   course   was   really   inspiring,   but   the   birth   of   my   second   son   meant that   I   had   to   put   it   on   hold   for   a   while.      Little   did   I   know   then   that   “while”   would   be   20   years!      I   did   however, teach yoga to my students at Widnes Sixth Form College on Wednesday afternoons and Yoga at Night School. The   BWY   Teacher   Training   course   with   Rosemary   Bennet   finally   happened   in   the   next   millennium   and   several years   later,   a   Foundation   Course   with   Marilyn   Heginbotham.      The   wrong   way   round   I   know,   but   it   gave   me   an opportunity   to   learn,   work   and   spend   some   wonderful   yoga   time   with   Stephen,   my   eldest   son,   who   was   just embarking on his journey to become a Yoga Teacher. Understanding   yoga,   beyond   just   the   physical   practise,   has   been   truly   inspirational   and   encouraged   me   to   do   a training   course   for   teaching   yoga   to   people   living   with   cancer.      Julie   Freiderberger   was   an   exacting   teacher,   but one   that   truly   prepared   me   for   the   task.      The   armchair   yoga   group   was   set   up   and   I   worked   from   a   prefab   hut at   Whiston   Hospital   for   twelve   months   before   moving   into   the   lovely   new   Lilac   centre   in   St   Helens   Hospital.     We now meet in St John’s Centre in St Helens every Tuesday. Yoga   has   brought   some   wonderful   friends   into   my   life,   whether   from   courses   I   have   attended   or   students   I have   taught   and   thankfully,   still   teach.      I   love   my   Monday   groups,   who   have   been   with   me   for   more   years   than   I dare   to   admit   –   we   are   like   a   happy   family,   and   I   hope   to   continue   widening   this   friendship   group   with   the   new Thursday Hatha class. My   Yoga   practise   has   taken   many   forms   over   the   years,   beginning   with   Hatha,   including   a   bit   of   Yoga   Ballet, moving   onto   Iyengar,   Ashtanga   and   eventually   the   beautiful   Yin.   New   students   often   ask   what   type   of   yoga   I teach.      I   find   this   hard   to   give   an   exact   answer   to,   as   I   believe   that   Yoga,   like   Art   is   an   eclectic   experience.      I   am constantly   learning   and   adapting   my   Yoga,   as   I   am   my   Art:   so,   just   as   I   try   to   keep   the   artist   side   of   me   evolving from   the   experiences   I   have   had,   to   make   “Shirley”   art,   I   would   like   to   think   that   my   Yoga   teaching   is   an amalgamation   of   all   the   teachings/workshops   and   classes   I   have   experienced   to   form   “Shirley   Yoga”   –   often melding into “Smiley Yoga”, as I believe Yoga is a wonderfully uplifting and enjoyable experience. During   my   time   teaching   yoga   I   have   taught   in   school   halls,   village   halls,      gyms,   upstairs   in   pubs,   downstairs   in pubs,   in   a   living   room,   prefab   and   a   dance   studio   –   none   of   which   were   really   conducive   to   the   total   yoga experience.      So,   to   have   the   fabulous   Yoga   Bank   to   share   yoga   in,   is   joy   beyond   words-it   feels   like   my   Yoga   has finally come home.
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Shirley Doolan Teacher I’m    Shirley,    a    semi-retired    former    Art teacher,   mother   of   four   lovely   sons   and wife     to     a     very     understanding     and endlessly   patient,   Steve.      I   embarked   on my   Art   teaching   career   at   the   Grange School   in   sunny   Runcorn   and   as   I   was moving      back      to      the      North      from Brighton,    accommodation    in    Runcorn Brookvale   came   with   the   post.      In   the late   70’s   Runcorn   was   just   emerging   and to   be   in   a   New   Town,   with   a   new   husband   and   a   new   job   was   a   bit   of   a   shock   to   the system.      We   were   living   in   the   middle   of   nowhere,   teaching   was   harder   than   I   expected, especially   year   eights!!      Steve   and   I   were   getting   used   to   living   with   each   other   and   we needed   to   widen   our   experiences,   so   we   decided   to   join   some   evening   classes.      He   chose Shotokan   and   I   headed   towards   a   Yoga   Adult   Education   class.      I   had   always   enjoyed sports,   but   as   with   most   people,   was   unsure   about   this   new   form   of   exercise   where   you laid   down   at   the   end   –   what   was   that   all   about?      I   just   wanted   the   adrenaline   to   flow,   get a   buzz   and   feel   like   I   had   tired   myself   out.      What   I   expected   was   aerobics,   what   I   got   was an experience which, over the last 40 years, has shaped my life. Over   the   next   few   years   I   moved   back   over   the   river   to   Tarbock,   left   the   Grange,   started teaching   at   Widnes   Sixth   Form   College   and   had   my   first   son.      I   continued   going   to   Yoga classes    and    enjoyed    many    different    teachers,    workshops    and    yoga    retreats,    but    my actual   teaching   journey   began   in   1982   with   the   wonderful   Pam   and   Gordon   Smith.      Their teacher   training   course   was   really   inspiring,   but   the   birth   of   my   second   son   meant   that   I had   to   put   it   on   hold   for   a   while.      Little   did   I   know   then   that   “while”   would   be   20   years!      I did   however,   teach   yoga   to   my   students   at   Widnes   Sixth   Form   College   on   Wednesday afternoons and Yoga at Night School. The   BWY   Teacher   Training   course   with   Rosemary   Bennet   finally   happened   in   the   next millennium   and   several   years   later,   a   Foundation   Course   with   Marilyn   Heginbotham.      The wrong   way   round   I   know,   but   it   gave   me   an   opportunity   to   learn,   work   and   spend   some wonderful   yoga   time   with   Stephen,   my   eldest   son,   who   was   just   embarking   on   his   journey to become a Yoga Teacher. Understanding   yoga,   beyond   just   the   physical   practise,   has   been   truly   inspirational   and encouraged   me   to   do   a   training   course   for   teaching   yoga   to   people   living   with   cancer.     Julie   Freiderberger   was   an   exacting   teacher,   but   one   that   truly   prepared   me   for   the   task.     The   armchair   yoga   group   was   set   up   and   I   worked   from   a   prefab   hut   at   Whiston   Hospital for   twelve   months   before   moving   into   the   lovely   new   Lilac   centre   in   St   Helens   Hospital.     We now meet in St John’s Centre in St Helens every Tuesday. Yoga   has   brought   some   wonderful   friends   into   my   life,   whether   from   courses   I   have attended   or   students   I   have   taught   and   thankfully,   still   teach.      I   love   my   Monday   groups, who   have   been   with   me   for   more   years   than   I   dare   to   admit   –   we   are   like   a   happy   family, and   I   hope   to   continue   widening   this   friendship   group   with   the   new   Thursday   Hatha class. My   Yoga   practise   has   taken   many   forms   over   the   years,   beginning   with   Hatha,   including   a bit   of   Yoga   Ballet,   moving   onto   Iyengar,   Ashtanga   and   eventually   the   beautiful   Yin.   New students   often   ask   what   type   of   yoga   I   teach.      I   find   this   hard   to   give   an   exact   answer   to, as   I   believe   that   Yoga,   like   Art   is   an   eclectic   experience.      I   am   constantly   learning   and adapting   my   Yoga,   as   I   am   my   Art:   so,   just   as   I   try   to   keep   the   artist   side   of   me   evolving from   the   experiences   I   have   had,   to   make   “Shirley”   art,   I   would   like   to   think   that   my   Yoga teaching    is    an    amalgamation    of    all    the    teachings/workshops    and    classes    I    have experienced   to   form   “Shirley   Yoga”   –   often   melding   into   “Smiley   Yoga”,   as   I   believe   Yoga is a wonderfully uplifting and enjoyable experience. During   my   time   teaching   yoga   I   have   taught   in   school   halls,   village   halls,      gyms,   upstairs in   pubs,   downstairs   in   pubs,   in   a   living   room,   prefab   and   a   dance   studio   –   none   of   which were   really   conducive   to   the   total   yoga   experience.      So,   to   have   the   fabulous   Yoga   Bank to share yoga in, is joy beyond words-it feels like my Yoga has finally come home.
The Yoga Bank 2018 © All Rights Reserved. Website Design GC_Wood
0151 257 8202
Shirley Doolan Teacher I’m   Shirley,   a   semi-retired   former   Art   teacher,   mother   of four    lovely    sons    and    wife    to    a    very    understanding    and endlessly   patient,   Steve.      I   embarked   on   my   Art   teaching career   at   the   Grange   School   in   sunny   Runcorn   and   as   I   was moving   back   to   the   North   from   Brighton,   accommodation in   Runcorn   Brookvale   came   with   the   post.      In   the   late   70’s Runcorn   was   just   emerging   and   to   be   in   a   New   Town,   with a   new   husband   and   a   new   job   was   a   bit   of   a   shock   to   the system.      We   were   living   in   the   middle   of   nowhere,   teaching was   harder   than   I   expected,   especially   year   eights!!      Steve and   I   were   getting   used   to   living   with   each   other   and   we needed   to   widen   our   experiences,   so   we   decided   to   join some   evening   classes.      He   chose   Shotokan   and   I   headed towards    a    Yoga    Adult    Education    class.        I    had    always enjoyed   sports,   but   as   with   most   people,   was   unsure   about this   new   form   of   exercise   where   you   laid   down   at   the   end   what   was   that   all   about?      I   just   wanted   the   adrenaline   to flow,   get   a   buzz   and   feel   like   I   had   tired   myself   out.      What   I expected   was   aerobics,   what   I   got   was   an   experience   which, over the last 40 years, has shaped my life. Over   the   next   few   years   I   moved   back   over   the   river   to Tarbock,   left   the   Grange,   started   teaching   at   Widnes   Sixth Form   College   and   had   my   first   son.      I   continued   going   to Yoga     classes     and     enjoyed     many     different     teachers, workshops    and    yoga    retreats,    but    my    actual    teaching journey   began   in   1982   with   the   wonderful   Pam   and   Gordon Smith.      Their   teacher   training   course   was   really   inspiring, but   the   birth   of   my   second   son   meant   that   I   had   to   put   it   on hold   for   a   while.      Little   did   I   know   then   that   “while”   would be   20   years!      I   did   however,   teach   yoga   to   my   students   at Widnes   Sixth   Form   College   on   Wednesday   afternoons   and Yoga at Night School. The   BWY   Teacher   Training   course   with   Rosemary   Bennet finally   happened   in   the   next   millennium   and   several   years later,   a   Foundation   Course   with   Marilyn   Heginbotham.      The wrong   way   round   I   know,   but   it   gave   me   an   opportunity   to learn,    work    and    spend    some    wonderful    yoga    time    with Stephen,   my   eldest   son,   who   was   just   embarking   on   his journey to become a Yoga Teacher. Understanding   yoga,   beyond   just   the   physical   practise,   has been   truly   inspirational   and   encouraged   me   to   do   a   training course   for   teaching   yoga   to   people   living   with   cancer.      Julie Freiderberger   was   an   exacting   teacher,   but   one   that   truly prepared   me   for   the   task.      The   armchair   yoga   group   was set   up   and   I   worked   from   a   prefab   hut   at   Whiston   Hospital for   twelve   months   before   moving   into   the   lovely   new   Lilac centre   in   St   Helens   Hospital.      We   now   meet   in   St   John’s Centre in St Helens every Tuesday. Yoga    has    brought    some    wonderful    friends    into    my    life, whether   from   courses   I   have   attended   or   students   I   have taught   and   thankfully,   still   teach.      I   love   my   Monday   groups, who   have   been   with   me   for   more   years   than   I   dare   to   admit –    we    are    like    a    happy    family,    and    I    hope    to    continue widening    this    friendship    group    with    the    new    Thursday Hatha class. My   Yoga   practise   has   taken   many   forms   over   the   years, beginning   with   Hatha,   including   a   bit   of   Yoga   Ballet,   moving onto   Iyengar,   Ashtanga   and   eventually   the   beautiful   Yin. New   students   often   ask   what   type   of   yoga   I   teach.      I   find this   hard   to   give   an   exact   answer   to,   as   I   believe   that   Yoga, like   Art   is   an   eclectic   experience.      I   am   constantly   learning and   adapting   my   Yoga,   as   I   am   my   Art:   so,   just   as   I   try   to keep   the   artist   side   of   me   evolving   from   the   experiences   I have   had,   to   make   “Shirley”   art,   I   would   like   to   think   that   my Yoga      teaching      is      an      amalgamation      of      all      the teachings/workshops    and    classes    I    have    experienced    to form   “Shirley   Yoga”   –   often   melding   into   “Smiley   Yoga”,   as   I believe    Yoga    is    a    wonderfully    uplifting    and    enjoyable experience. During   my   time   teaching   yoga   I   have   taught   in   school   halls, village   halls,      gyms,   upstairs   in   pubs,   downstairs   in   pubs,   in   a living   room,   prefab   and   a   dance   studio   –   none   of   which were   really   conducive   to   the   total   yoga   experience.      So,   to have    the    fabulous    Yoga    Bank    to    share    yoga    in,    is    joy beyond words-it feels like my Yoga has finally come home.
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The Yoga Bank 2018 © All Rights Reserved. Website Design GC_Wood
Shirley Doolan Teacher I’m   Shirley,   a   semi-retired   former   Art teacher,    mother    of    four    lovely    sons and   wife   to   a   very   understanding   and endlessly   patient,   Steve.      I   embarked on    my    Art    teaching    career    at    the Grange   School   in   sunny   Runcorn   and as   I   was   moving   back   to   the   North from     Brighton,     accommodation     in Runcorn    Brookvale    came    with    the post.      In   the   late   70’s   Runcorn   was just    emerging    and    to    be    in    a    New Town,   with   a   new   husband   and   a   new job    was    a    bit    of    a    shock    to    the system.      We   were   living   in   the   middle of   nowhere,   teaching   was   harder   than I    expected,    especially    year    eights!!      Steve    and    I    were    getting    used    to living   with   each   other   and   we   needed to     widen     our     experiences,     so     we decided   to   join   some   evening   classes.     He    chose    Shotokan    and    I    headed towards     a     Yoga     Adult     Education class.        I    had    always    enjoyed    sports, but   as   with   most   people,   was   unsure about     this     new     form     of     exercise where    you    laid    down    at    the    end    what    was    that    all    about?        I    just wanted   the   adrenaline   to   flow,   get   a buzz   and   feel   like   I   had   tired   myself out.      What   I   expected   was   aerobics, what   I   got   was   an   experience   which, over   the   last   40   years,   has   shaped   my life. Over   the   next   few   years   I   moved   back over    the    river    to    Tarbock,    left    the Grange,    started    teaching    at    Widnes Sixth   Form   College   and   had   my   first son.          I     continued     going     to     Yoga classes    and    enjoyed    many    different teachers,       workshops       and       yoga retreats,     but     my     actual     teaching journey     began     in     1982     with     the wonderful    Pam    and    Gordon    Smith.      Their     teacher     training     course     was really    inspiring,    but    the    birth    of    my second   son   meant   that   I   had   to   put   it on   hold   for   a   while.      Little   did   I   know then   that   “while”   would   be   20   years!      I did     however,     teach     yoga     to     my students      at      Widnes      Sixth      Form College     on     Wednesday     afternoons and Yoga at Night School. The    BWY    Teacher    Training    course with        Rosemary        Bennet        finally happened   in   the   next   millennium   and several     years     later,     a     Foundation Course     with     Marilyn     Heginbotham.       The   wrong   way   round   I   know,   but   it gave    me    an    opportunity    to    learn, work     and     spend     some     wonderful yoga    time    with    Stephen,    my    eldest son,   who   was   just   embarking   on   his journey to become a Yoga Teacher. Understanding   yoga,   beyond   just   the physical     practise,     has     been     truly inspirational    and    encouraged    me    to do    a    training    course    for    teaching yoga    to    people    living    with    cancer.      Julie    Freiderberger    was    an    exacting teacher,   but   one   that   truly   prepared me   for   the   task.      The   armchair   yoga group   was   set   up   and   I   worked   from   a prefab    hut    at    Whiston    Hospital    for twelve    months    before    moving    into the    lovely    new    Lilac    centre    in    St Helens   Hospital.      We   now   meet   in   St John’s     Centre     in     St     Helens     every Tuesday. Yoga    has    brought    some    wonderful friends    into    my    life,    whether    from courses   I   have   attended   or   students   I have   taught   and   thankfully,   still   teach.     I   love   my   Monday   groups,   who   have been   with   me   for   more   years   than   I dare   to   admit   –   we   are   like   a   happy family,     and     I     hope     to     continue widening    this    friendship    group    with the new Thursday Hatha class. My    Yoga    practise    has    taken    many forms   over   the   years,   beginning   with Hatha,   including   a   bit   of   Yoga   Ballet, moving   onto   Iyengar,   Ashtanga   and eventually     the     beautiful     Yin.     New students   often   ask   what   type   of   yoga I   teach.      I   find   this   hard   to   give   an exact    answer    to,    as    I    believe    that Yoga,       like       Art       is       an       eclectic experience.      I   am   constantly   learning and   adapting   my   Yoga,   as   I   am   my Art:   so,   just   as   I   try   to   keep   the   artist side      of      me      evolving      from      the experiences     I     have     had,     to     make “Shirley”   art,   I   would   like   to   think   that my         Yoga         teaching         is         an amalgamation           of           all           the teachings/workshops    and    classes    I have    experienced    to    form    “Shirley Yoga”    –    often    melding    into    “Smiley Yoga”,      as      I      believe      Yoga      is      a wonderfully    uplifting    and    enjoyable experience. During   my   time   teaching   yoga   I   have taught    in    school    halls,    village    halls,      gyms,   upstairs   in   pubs,   downstairs   in pubs,   in   a   living   room,   prefab   and   a dance   studio   –   none   of   which   were really    conducive    to    the    total    yoga experience.      So,   to   have   the   fabulous Yoga    Bank    to    share    yoga    in,    is    joy beyond    words-it    feels    like    my    Yoga has finally come home.
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