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Metta yoga was created by Rocci, Metta means Kindness. Rocci qualified as a 500 hour Karuna yoga teacher with Ruth White and started teaching regularly over 10 years ago.

Since then she has regularly taught over 10 classes a week and now owns The Rocci Tree yoga studio in Leighton Buzzard.

She became a senior yoga teacher in 2018. To become a senior yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance Professional you have to have completed 4000 hours of teaching plus 8 years of experience. By the time Rocci had been teaching for 8 years, she had almost double the hours required.

Rocci trained with Ruth White, Ruth White had trained with BKS Iyengar and had been a senior Iyengar teacher for many years. Iyengar yoga is known for its precision in alignment of the poses. She has then gone on to train with Francoise Freedman (creator of Birthlight) Gary Carter, Diane Long, Robin Stamm, Liz Brown and John Stirk. Rocci's style has changed over the years and now concentrates on creating a practice for all. She regularly teaches pregnancy, postnatal, well women, kids and therapeutic yoga

On hearing that she was now qualified to teach yoga teachers, Rocci’s students asked her to start teaching them and Metta yoga teacher training was born. The first group of Metta Yoga teachers qualified in March 2020 and now all regularly teach yoga sessions. On retreat, we will be joined by some of The Rocci Tree teachers such as Natasha Taylor-Komar, Mary Williams, and Helen Coleman.

Helen is our anatomy and physiology teacher for the teacher training course. Having always been interested in the human body, she completed her training as a massage therapist (including level 3 anatomy and physiology) in 2010. She has been working ever since as a soft tissue therapist and has completed additional training in deep tissue, myofascial release, osteopathic techniques and many more CPD courses, all of which have deepened her knowledge of the body and its patterns of movement. In her teaching of anatomy, Helen draws on all of this knowledge but more importantly its practical application. “As a soft tissue therapist, I have gained a practical knowledge of anatomy that is so helpful when teaching yoga. I can see the patterns and problems that I come across on my massage table being helped through people's yoga practices every day. Teaching anatomy focused yoga really empowers my students to understand what is going on in their bodies and how they can move in a way which will be best for them. I really believe that to be an excellent yoga teacher, you need a good understanding of how the body works”