KEVIN JONES YOGA & PILATES | MEET KEVIN
Freelance Yoga & Pilates Teacher
Kevin trained in matwork Pilates & the Jivamukti Yoga method. He teaches in both group & individual class settings.
Kevin was a regular participant in Pilates classes for a number of years before completing the Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork with ActiveIQ in 2011 - tutored by Kelly Reed & with special thanks to my first Pilates teacher, Julie Lloyd.
Pilates works on the deep core & stabilising muscles of the body to strengthen & condition muscles, stabilise joints, increase flexibility, challenge balance & re-educate posture as well as reducing stress to create a fitter & more functional ‘you’. The principles that guide the Pilates method include a concentration on controlled, precise & flowing movements with a steady, flowing breath.
Kevin's Pilates classes combine traditional matwork exercises, mindful movement & functional fitness whilst being influenced by his many years of yoga practice. Expect low-impact body conditioning exercises performed in standing, kneeling, seated & lying positions. Class concludes with a short period of relaxation.
Kevin completed an intense month-long (300 hours+) teacher training course in Jivamukti Yoga during February 2018 at Govardhan Eco Village in India - mentored by Andrea 'Radhika' Kwiatkowski. Kevin continues to be a student of yoga through his daily sadhana practices.
The Jivamukti Yoga method integrates traditional yoga practices into a modern lifestyle; combining physical, intellectual, mental & spiritual aspects of yoga. Expect vinyasa-based asana sequences, yogic philosophy, scriptural study, Sanskrit chanting, music, pranayama, meditation & relaxation in Kevin's classes.
2011: Level 2 NVQ in Instructing Exercise & Fitness (Exercise to Music)
2011: Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork (QCF)
2018: 300-hour Teacher Certification (Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training Programme)
UPDATED: Full Public Liability Insurance
Kevin has an academic background, having studying Mathematics at Loughborough University in the late 1990's, before travelling the world in his twenties. Kevin has been practicing yoga sporadically for over 20 years now but it was only when he was pursuing a variety of dance styles (including street, ballet & contemporary) in his early thirties that Kevin was drawn to a more regular & consistent yoga practice as a way to counterbalance the effects of many hours dancing & working as a teacher. Whilst travelling, Kevin also became a vegetarian & then a vegan soon after. You could say this was the dawning of 'yoga' for him - everything was starting to connect & join together (the word 'yoga' translates as union; connection; to join).
After trying out a number of different styles of yoga, Kevin was introduced to Jivamukti Yoga & quickly knew that this was the method that resonated the most with him - a vigorous physical practice that advocates an ethical lifestyle. Kevin deepened his studies with the support of a number of yoga teachers both locally & further afield; began more independent study; & found himself drawn further into the depth & vastness that is Yoga.
The rest as they say is history.
Kevin has many years of teaching experience & is passionate about sharing the benefits of both Joseph Pilates' method of conditioning & the ancient teachings of yoga with everyone.
Kevin says, "May each of you find safety & happiness in taking class & may you leave feeling healthier so that you can live your life with greater ease".
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
(May all beings everywhere be happy & free)
Kevin looks forward to welcoming you to a class soon.