Barbara Bhagavati McClements is the founder and teacher of Ananda Yoga Centre in Warrington.
Barbara’s Yoga Journey
I started my yoga journey when I was working in the financial service sector. I found myself stressed and tired so started to search for alternative and holistic approaches to health.
During this search Hatha Yoga kept featuring as a combination of relaxation, breathing and meditation techniques. Along with physical moving and long held poses to stimulate energy throughout the body.
I liked the sound of this so I took myself to a Hatha yoga class. I couldn’t touch my toes and giggled all the way through the class, however the teacher was helpful and reassured me that my flexibility would improve.
When I left the class I felt energised from within but the most important thing I noticed was my mind felt calmer. From that day on I went to yoga practice as much as I could. I felt alive again. The stress was disappearing, my body stopped aching and my mind was becoming more still. I felt at peace, something that I hadn’t felt for a long time.
After a few years of practicing most days and with guidance from my teacher, I went to India to train as a Hatha Yoga teacher for 5 weeks, where I stayed in the Ashrams of The Sivananda Vedanta Centre.
I decided to train in India as this is where Hatha Yoga originates from. I chose the Sivananda Ashram as this is a place to retreat from daily life. To study yoga and meditation under the guidance of spiritual teachers known as Swamis who have dedicated their lives to teach yoga to all. On top of this I was also given a beautiful spiritual name Bhagavati, meaning Supreme Goddess.
This was a life changing experience for me. When I returned to the UK I knew I wanted to devote my life to teaching this wonderful ancient practice. I wanted everyone to feel what I was feeling, which was total bliss or “ANANDA”.
So that’s what I did. I gave up my job at the bank and starting teaching in Warrington and around the North West. I gained experience by teaching for non-profit organisations, gyms, yoga studios rehabilitation, recovery centres, for Warrington Council and NHS staff as well as building up a portfolio of private students. I also gained my practitioner qualifications in Holistic Treatments Relaxation Massage, Reiki Healing and became a Reiki Teacher
I decided I wanted to open a centre that offered Yoga and Holistic Therapies under one roof, so Ananda Yoga Centre was born I funded the centre myself with the help of the community. Ananda Yoga Centre aims to bring people together. So that they you can practice yoga and enjoy treatments in a sacred space. It is our very own Ashram in Warrington.
Yoga for All ≈ Yoga for Life