I’m Ailsa and I have been teaching yoga since 2017 and practising for over ten years. I love sharing my practise with students and I am passionate about sharing the mental and physical benefits of yoga to as many people as possible. For me, yoga is not simply a physical movement of the body; it is a form of moving meditation, a tool for stress relief and a practice to help you manage your mind. Yoga has brought me greater clarity with my thoughts, greater meaning to my life and a greater appreciation and understanding of life. It gives me great joy to share these benefits!
I tried yoga for the first time in 2008 at the now closed Ashtanga Yoga Edinburgh when I was studying at Edinburgh University. I knew I would love it before I tried it. The level 2 class (so not quite beginners but very close) was intense and I remember being unable to hold downward facing dog for very long but I loved it and I felt amazing afterwards. At the beginning it was very much about getting an all over work out for my body and it was only several years later that I began to fully notice the benefits to my overall wellbeing.
In 2013, I volunteered at the Suryalila Retreat Centre in the south of Spain (check out their Om Dome, it is a jaw-dropping setting for yoga) and I built the foundations of my yoga knowledge and fully cemented by belief that yoga can have a positive impact on anyone's life! I returned to Suryalila in October 2017 to train to become a yoga teacher with the Frog Lotus International 200 hour Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Training Certification course.
I am based in Bristol in the United Kingdom and I teach eight classes across the week. You can find my timetable on the Yoga Classes in Bristol page and you can book your next class with me via the Book Online page. I also have a YouTube channel where you can practise with me in the comfort of your own home.
Other than yoga, I am passionate about everything to do with sustainability and environmentally-friendly living. I have always been interested in nature; from a young age growing plants from seed and all the way through to adulthood via a degree in Ecological Sciences. After university, I worked in marketing for the RSPB (an incredible and inspiring environmental charity), for a sustainability consultancy and for a scientific publisher. It is my lifelong belief that we should all be championing sustainability and ethical issues and I feel like this goes hand in hand with the teachings of yoga. Keep an eye on my blog as I love to write about ways we can live a bit more ethically as well as issues such as the cultural appropriation of yoga, feminism, yogic philosophy, plastic free living and mindfulness.
October 2017 | Frog Lotus International 200 hour Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Training Certification (www.froglotusyogainternational.com)
November 2018 | Jillian Pransky 27 hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training (www.jillianpransky.com)
December 2018 | Alicia Waters and Gilda Goharian Advanced Practice Week, Creative Sequencing and Pranayama (www.aliciawatersyoga.com)
April - May 2019 | Alicia Waters, The Meditation Space (www.aliciawatersyoga.com)