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Interview with  Tabitha Wright – Studio & Online Yoga Classes Derbyshire

Tabitha Wright is a yoga teacher specialising in online yoga classes and classes in Hazelwood and Duffield, Derbyshire. She is also a YogaClicks Ambassador. In this interview with author Lucy Edge, she shares her most important yoga teachers, what song she sings alone in the car, her secret yoga crush, and what she’s most excited about for 2019.

Q: What motivated you to become a yoga teacher?

A:  

I don’t remember a lightbulb moment about wanting to be a yoga teacher, all I can tell you is after my first yoga class in 2000 I knew that teaching yoga was what I was going to do, my reason d’être and I was going to get the ball rolling right away. Helping others whilst looking after myself was a huge appeal, what a total privilege; who wouldn’t want that job?

  Q: What’s the best thing a student of yours has ever said to you?

A:  Three years ago one of my students was experiencing all of the horrors of suffering Cancer. In order to aid her in her recovery I designed some classes that she and I could do at her home. She said they were a Godsend and they made her feel stronger, less anxious and more positive and more importantly after a short period of time she knew that yoga was something she would continue to do all of her life and three years later she still comes to my classes twice a week. The impact yoga has on peoples’ lives is phenomenal and I’m so proud to have enabled it to happen.

Q: Who is your most important yoga teacher, and why?

A: My most important teacher to date was my teacher trainer Richard Adamo. Richard is a great inspirational British Wheel Of Yoga Trainer and Chairperson to the Wheel. He is jam packed full of knowledge on yoga philosophy and yoga texts; when I’m with him I’m always learning. Richard teaches in a no-nonsense way that has created values in my teaching that stay with me today.

On a more personal level, Richard enabled me to stay on my 3 year teacher training course whilst I had two of my three children. Both babies came to class and I fed and nurtured them whilst training. He was super patient with me…an emotional new mum. This was total life changing stuff for me and I am hugely grateful.

Q: What has been your most hilarious moment in a yoga class?

A:  Like all yoga teachers I often get my words mixed up but my most hilarious new word combo was hips and knees, I asked my students to 

‘fold their nips.’

Q: What projects are you currently working on?

A:  I am currently working very hard with my business partner, Jackie Lowery, to build and develop our Tabitha Yoga YouTube Channel.  I’m so passionate about Yoga & Pilates & the many benefits they both have on our minds, bodies & souls that I've decided to bring my online classes to EVERYONE totally FREE.  So we now have a channel with over 50 different classes, and that number is increasing on a weekly basis, that everyone can join in with, wherever they are in the world, for free, forever.

Q: What’s your favourite asana and nemesis pose?

A:  Uttanasana of course, a forward bend, holding elbows … that’s better! Any arm balance; I’ve humiliated myself too often with a face plant!! What advice would you give someone who is not sure yoga is for them? Try different styles of yoga and different teachers until you find the right class for you…give yourself time and yoga will transform your life.

Q: Who is your yoga crush?  Do you have a celebrity crush?

A: Oh my, another cliché … but Adam Levine, he cuts some perfect shapes on the yoga mat.  Chris Martin, Coldplay… Fit and nimble and a yogi!!

Q: What is your favourite thing about YogaClicks?

A: I love that YogaClicks products are by yogis for yogis. They design yoga clothes that are comfortable and that yogis want to wear; their yoga pants and yoga tops don’t ride high or drop low just when you don’t want them to. I hugely value the fact that the design, yoga clothes, yoga mats and yoga jewellery have a story, maybe recycled or eco friendly fabrics … Whatever the story, their collection is intelligently sourced and beautiful.

Q: You’re a new addition to the crayon box – what colour would you be and why?

A: I would be a ‘Perfect Peacock blue’. I’m not an extrovert like a peacock at all, in fact I’m quite the opposite but I would love a bit of the peacocks’ brazen confidence and beautiful theatrical display.

Q: What songs do you sing when you’re in the car alone? And,  What’s your favourite film and why?

A: Sia and I do a duet to her album ‘This is Acting’, I’m sure she would be mortified.  Joanna Harris’s ‘Chocolat’.  Joanna gives the female character in the film a real power and strength. I’m also always drawn to France and chocolate!

Q:  What is your favourite food?

A: Tea, and my guilty pleasure… salt and vinegar crisps….

Lucy Edge 

is a yoga advocate and writer with three yoga books to her name, including the beloved travel memoir Yoga School Dropout. She writes regularly for the national press, has authored over 150 guides to types of yoga and yoga poses, discovered nearly 250 proven health benefits of yoga through her painstaking classification of 300 clinical studies, and collected more than 500 personal testimonials to the real life benefits of yoga. She is also the creator of our yoga shop – YogaClicks.Store – handpicking yoga brands that are beautifully made by yogis committed to environmental and social sustainability.

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