About me

Jerry JonesI first took up yoga in 1988, in order to cope better with the stresses and strains of my work as a service engineer. Initially, I was self-taught. I found it such a life enhancing experience that I decided to enrol in a local adult education class to learn properly.

I enrolled on a British Wheel of Yoga teacher-training course in 1994. I completed my studies in the summer of 1996 and qualified in December 1996. Shortly after, I decide to pursue my interest in the human mind and complementary therapies by taking a hypnotherapy course with the Association of Natural Medicine. This gave me an excellent grounding in relaxation techniques and the use of metaphor and imagery. My original idea was to use the two skills to work full-time as a teacher/therapist. However, fate took a hand.

Demand for yoga classes was (and still is) rising sharply. By the Spring of 1997 I found myself teaching almost full time, so I decided to wind down my old work as a service engineer. The hypnotherapy was put on hold while I concentrated on what had now become my destiny.

Since 1997, a number of other classes have come along, giving a lot of experience in very varied circumstances. I have taught in two prisons, three sports/fitness centres, my own private classes and a number of adult education classes, including a special needs class. I have also taught a number of day seminars, mostly self-organised and some short courses, mainly on meditation.

During 1999, I started to feel frustrated about my personal practice. I felt that I was facing a brick wall and could get no further. I started to experiment with my own form of dynamic yoga involving powerful breath and movement techniques. I used myself as a guinea pig for several months before introducing it to a class during a day seminar. It was very well received and my students' enthusiasm has led me to develop the method further. I call this technique Pranayoga© and further day seminars are planned. Unlike some forms of dynamic yoga, you do not have to be super fit/supple to master Pranayoga. Anyone who can tackle a modest range of basic postures can cope with it. Because of time constraints and other factors, I do not teach Pranayoga in my day-to-day mainstream classes, but I occasionally touch on it.

Example of a yoga positionMy approach to yoga is entirely practical. I see it as the key to the door of a better life, physically, mentally and spiritually. Yoga is for everyone, not just for those who are super fit, super supple and spiritually enlightened. Without (I hope) compromising yoga's cultural roots, I demystify the practice as much as possible by avoiding "mumbo jumbo".

I have just completed tutoring a 200+ hour teaching training course, validated by the Independent Yoga Network, so I could pass on my ideas and experience to the next generation of yoga teachers.

Another of my activities is research, especially into life energy (prana) and the chakras (life energy centres). I have now published a book on the subject (see "Other Books and CDs") and will soon be offering courses on chakra balancing and therapy. If you are interested please get in touch and I will put you on my e-mailing list.

I hope this brief outline helps to show what I'm about. If you don't think I'm singing your song, please don't be put off yoga. Yoga teaching and learning is a very personal thing and there's a teacher out there somewhere who will be in harmony with your needs.

My qualifications

  • British Wheel of Yoga Diploma, December 1996
  • British School of Yoga Diploma, yoga therapy, 1995
  • Association of Natural Medicine, hypnotherapy diploma, 1997
  • C.I.T. Desk Top Publishing Module, April 2000
  • City & Guilds 7307 Part 1 (teaching & training adults), April 2001
  • British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course Tutor Licence, November 2001

Current Classes