Principal Teacher - Margaret Willcocks
My introduction to Yoga was at the Theravada Buddhist centre in Nollamara due to a recommendation from my GP in 1985. The recommendation was to learn and practice Yoga as a means of recovery from a serious car accident and the only class in my area at the time was in Nollamara. So, from experiencing Yoga first as a therapy for healing my body and mind from the injuries, tension, panic attacks and anxiety caused by the accident, I decided to learn more about Yoga and commenced my training and graduated with a Diploma of Yoga Teaching from International Yoga Teachers Association Inc. in 1995.
I love practicing and teaching the many aspects of Yoga and am grateful every day that my GP encouraged me to seek out a Yoga class as Yoga is a major aspect of my life.
My teaching style has always been rather eclectic as I come from a dance and fitness background and was a Taoist Tai Chi instructor for more than 6 years. These experiences and understanding of body movements combined with the knowledge and skill of teaching about the Koshas, Gunas and Patanjali’s 8 limbs, have all allowed me to develop my style of teaching to enable people to have full awareness of themselves and to journey within with Joy to find the Guru within☺
After teaching Yoga in community centres across many shires and being the resident Yoga teacher at the Buddhist centre in Nollamara for about 6 years, my husband Keith and I established the Greenwood Yoga Academy in Wangara in 1999. Although it was the start of a very long and satisfying career for me as a teacher of Yoga, it was a daunting time for us as we had never dreamt of establishing business of Yoga.
As I learnt more about Yoga, I was keen to volunteer my time to serve on the committees of IYTA (International Yoga Teachers Association) and Yoga Australia (when it was Yoga Teachers Association of Australia). From my graduation from IYTA I served on the WA committee in different roles from Newsletter editor, Secretary, President and Student Liaison. The role of Student Liaison for the correspondence teacher training students in WA was a special position and I enjoyed mentoring and assisting more than 12 yoga students to become wonderful Yoga teachers.
I was elected to the national committee of Yoga Teachers’ Association of Australia in 2006, known now as Yoga Australia. This was early days for Yoga Australia (YA) and very exciting times. In this period of being on the national committee I chaired the Yoga Therapy committee and wrote the draft document for YA to help define the Scope of a Yoga therapist. The research performed to present the findings for this task was very challenging, yet exciting as I was learning more about Yoga Therapy from the many different styles, lineages and methods of Yoga who each have their own unique method.
In 2010, I achieved two of my greatest accomplishments in becoming a Registered Training Organisation with National Vocational Education and Training Australia and writing and developing the only government accredited training course for Yoga Teachers and Yoga Therapists in WA. I employed several Yoga teachers to contribute their expertise to this work to whom I will always be grateful. I worked for these achievements as I believed Yoga teachers and Yoga therapists need to be as qualified and experienced as the allied health and medical professionals who refer their clients/patients to Yoga.
In 2012/2013, I was instrumental on the IYTA national Strategic Planning Committee in providing advice on topics ranging from teacher training, marketing of IYTA to policies and procedures for conducting a professional association and I enjoyed being a member of this excellent committee.
I have attended numerous workshops, seminars and conferences for yoga since 1989, and in doing so have learnt from many wonderful and dedicated Australian and International yoga teachers who have each inspired me and influenced my teaching methods and abilities in a variety of ways. However, since becoming a grandparent in 2004 I realised that my inspiration for teaching Yoga is not simply related to my knowledge and approach to yoga asanas, pranayama, meditation and philosophy etc. It is more my approach to life! The innocence and magic of children has and still influences my teaching and practice for I admire children’s fearlessness, honesty, bravery, constant discovery, love and sense of fun.
Margaret teaches the general classes, Over 55's, Restorative and X. Margaret's style can be described as primary, reflective with her classes focusing on teaching Yoga techniques of Asana, Pranayama, Relaxation, Mudra and Meditation with the use of Yoga equipment. Margaret believes this enables everyone to develop and enhance their own well-being and awareness and in turn appreciate the effects the techniques have upon them. Yogic philosophy is gently weaved throughout the classes.
Days & Times:
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
9.30am to 11.00am
and Mondays and Wednesdays
6.30pm to 8.00pm.