Spotlight on… Jane Beevers
1. Why did you become a yoga instructor?
Working for a futures trading analyst at the time, I took my first hot yoga class and was blown away. It was like someone had just turned the lights on and I knew this was something that would change my life. Taking the leap from working in finance to teaching yoga full time was a big risk but something I was driven to do. Yoga has a very potent ability to improve our emotional and mental wellbeing, including the more immediate physical benefits, and I’m incredibly lucky to have carved out a living from teaching.
2. What is your favourite pose/exercise?
Forward folds, whether standing or seated are instant mood shifters and belong to a genre of shapes everyone can do to get in touch with their inner dialogue. I also enjoy the mental challenge of inversions as they are big teachers of patience.
3. Which classes do you teach at RHY?
Hot yoga, hot flow / vinyasa, and the super playful Rocket, based on the Ashtanga series.
4. How long have you been an instructor?
5. What is your go to snack after your practice?
Homemade energy balls with a base of nuts and dates.
6. How do you motivate yourself to get on your mat?
Knowing no matter what, I always feel better for it. Could be five minutes or two hours (time permitting), just a little every day and consistently pays dividends for our health over the long-term. Developing a home practice is a raw and honest way to understand our strengths and weaknesses, and makes for a good balance with studio classes.
7. Top tip for Downward Dog?
Experience your whole body.
8. What would your advice be to beginners?
Be ok with being new to your experience, and listen to your body. Find a practice that you enjoy, not what someone tells you is, or isn’t yoga. That could be a dynamic and physically challenging practice or slower in nature. Enjoy this incredible journey of discovery as you develop the confidence to choose a practice that works for you.
9. What else do you do in your spare time?
I’ve recently produced an Anatomy manual to teach on the 2017 Teacher Training course and spend a lot of free time creating my own sequences. Teaching yoga isn’t something I ever really switch off from! Although I recently started running again with our rescue Podenco dogs Alma, Bike & Fawn. Alma was an abandoned puppy that we found in 2016 in Spain teaching on the Red Hot Yoga Retreat and having fallen in love with her I decided to bring her back home. We’ve only had Bike for three months having seen his plight on a Facebook page (another dumped puppy) so my husband drove to Seville to bring him back to England in April this year. Fawn is the most recent addition to our canine family, another rescue dog, this time from the U.S! They are quite the characters and we love them dearly. We also have a senior cat, Florence, who naturally shows the dogs who’s the boss.
10. Where is your favourite travel destination?
The most memorable destination has to be Ruaha and Selous in Tanzania on a unique safari with my husband in 2012. Being in a remote part of the world, with no electricity or mobile phones, hearing lions roar at night whilst sleeping in a basic tent and encountering wild animals close up was breath taking, scary at times, and utterly humbling. I love the warmth and hospitality of the Balinese and Thai, yet also enjoy the energy and vibrance of New York or London. I’ve been fortunate enough to have travelled extensively throughout my life and have come to realise it’s always the people you meet and friendships made along the way that make any travel destination worthwhile.