In 1998 when her sons were 3 and 1, Vicky took a keen interest in yoga for children and decided to embark on a yoga teacher training program that would fully enlighten her to the history of yoga.
In 1999 Vicky studied to train as a yoga therapist with Sunra. Narayani, a profoundly spiritual teacher was to be her main inspiration. The richness and uniqueness of Vicky's teaching lies in the way she has united all strands of her knowledge and experience into a coherent philosophy. This philosophy is memorably carried along by her personality and energy.
Between 2001 and 2004 Vicky has also lectured and taught at King's College Hospital as part of a wider programme; introducing complementary therapies to final year medical students of the major London hospitals.
In 2003 Vicky completed her commissioned book 'The Yoga Bananas Book' to be published by Octopus. Sadly 6 weeks before print the book was pulled due to US distribution problems and was held under contract until 2005. Vicky is still sitting on it....
Between 2003 and 2010 Vicky has worked extensively on her project Yoga Bananas, yoga for balanced, bendy children, offering teacher training as well as specialist classes. Yoga Bananas has been commissioned by Selfridges, BBC and between 2002 and 2009 an inner London state school to enhance their physical and spiritual curriculum. Vicky has trained over 300 teachers in the Yoga Bananas Technique. See www.yogabananas.com for more information.
In 2004 Vicky completed a doula course with Michel Odent, natural birth pioneer, who for years had been an inspiration. Vicky had been an advocate of natural birth since her first self-managed labour and birth in 1995. Michel attended the lotus birth of her third son in 2005 where he told Vicky that he felt she should follow her path as a doula and that her strength and knowledge would be invaluable to women in the future. Since then Vicky has made the health of women during pregnancy, labour, birth and the post-partum phase a priority through teaching her pregnancy classes and pregnancy teacher training courses. whYoga for Pregnancy Teacher Training Courses now run regularly throughout the year. Both Yoga Bananas and whYoga For Pregnancy are recognised by the Yoga Alliance as part of a yoga teacher's continuing education programme.
In 2009 Vicky became sole subject matter expert in yoga for ITEC. ITEC is the largest international examination board offering a variety of qualifications worldwide. Vicky is embracing her new role and hopes to build a focused, relevant and in depth syllabus for prospective students to follow, reflecting the required level of knowledge and skill needed for a practicing therapist.
Vicky prefers to take her inspiration for teaching from a broad spectrum of discilplines. Philosophy and the Arts inform her approach to teaching as well as the plethora of Hatha yoga tradition. Vicky's classes own an eclectic style of yoga teaching that offers her students the chance to experience variation and exploration of yoga techniques including an application of posture work according to Ayurvedic principles. Her classes are both dynamic and meditative and suitable for those who wish to open their mind to health and self-realisation. The classes will at times explore sequencing, breathing, chanting, readings, and an innovative approach to asana practice. Vicky works in collaboration with Andrew Lawrence of One Long Hum Design to produce unique and classic illustrations of some of Vicky's most innovative sequencing work, they offer her students the freedom to practice at home. Andrew has also produced the illustrations for her book and designs all her promotional work.
Vicky Oliver is registered with the Yoga Alliance at an advanced level (RYT500) and also with the Register of Exercise Professionals (REP's 3).
THE SMALL PRINT
Course payment is due two weeks before the start of the course. Hereafter drop-in rate applies. Payment is sent by bank transfer to: acc no 90157648, sort: 60.17.11 or if you are not set up make transfers then to Vicky Oliver at: Cat Bells, 27 Merrylands Road, Great Bookham, Surrey KT23 3HP.
As a goodwill gesture, Monday night attendees can make up any missed classes on Wednesday night at Earlsfield Library and Wednesday night attendees can make up any missed classes on a Monday night at Balham Library ONLY within the time frame of the course they are attending and ONLY subject to availability. This concession cannot be extended to any other event or beyond the time frame of the course they are attending. This is non-negotiable.
A course payment is a binding contract. In all circumstances course payments are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Financial concessions cannot be made for any missed classes for any reason including acts of nature as this is beyond the control of either whYoga or the venue. Course participation offers a cost effective means of attending whYoga classes if not more than one class is missed in the course. whYoga suggests a drop-in rate if more than one class is going to be missed in a course and cannot be made up. It is the student's responsibility to work out the best possible rate before committing to a course.
A yoga mat and blanket are required for the class. The best quality colourful yoga mats can be purchased in class for £22. Inversions will not be permitted without a blanket or other support for the neck, Vicky also recommends that you bring a long sock for reaching feet in forward bends. If you would like further advice on this then please contact Vicky. Vicky also advises the use of a French organic lavender eye mask to enhance meditation classes and relaxation at the end of the class.
All payments are non-refundable in all cases including acts of nature where cancellation is beyond the control of either whYoga or the venue. There is a 48 hour transferable policy in place. Cancellations must be made strictly before 11am on Thursday morning if you would like to transfer your payment to another whYoga Day. This policy applies even if your payment is pending.
Please be advised that all payments towards the retreat are non refundable and non transferrable unless the retreat is cancelled by the retreat centre or myself for personal reasons. In the case of acts of nature where circumstances are beyond the control of either whYoga or the venue there can be no returned payments. This is non-negotiable in all cases including commiserating circumstances. Balances must be paid 12 weeks prior to departure.
private yoga tuition
All privately booked classes are charged at £65 per hour per person and rise incremently by £5 for each person who attends (excluding parking fees). Cancellation of a class must be made 36 hours prior to the booking and another time scheduled for that week that fits in with whYoga otherwise 50% of the fee is incurred. In the case of any acts of nature where circumstances are beyond the control of whYoga or the private client whYoga will endeavour to reschedule a time for the week in question. If this cannot be achieved then a 50% fee will be incurred. If you wish to cancel then please ensure that you contact me via all methods of communication and presume that if you have not had a response then I do not know of the cancellation. I shall respond as soon as I am aware. This will ensure that I get the message and can make alternative arrangements in place of the cancelled booking. Please note that in order for me to deliver high quality teaching I schedule myself to teach no more than 10 classes per week to maintain quality, so it is important that I am given as much as notice as possible.