Jenny Beeken and Pauline Sawyer founded the Inner Yoga Trust in 1993.
Both continue to teach the IYT 500 hour Teacher Training Diploma as well as leading many retreats and holidays in the UK, Europe, India and Australia. Jenny and Pauline are both members of the IYT School Board.
Jenny studied with BKS Iyengar whose teaching is still a great source of inspiration, knowledge and understanding. Subsequent study with Victor Van Kooten and Angela Farmer has given her a deep understanding of the inner body, inner awareness and movement. More recently she has worked with Sophy Hoare and Diane Long to access the teaching of Vanda Scaravelli. This has further developed her understanding of the importance of waking the spine in yoga postures and in life.
The emphasis in her teaching is on balance of the inner energies and healing oneself and others through yoga. Jenny is also the author of several books which set out the ideas and principles behind the teaching of the Inner Yoga Trust.
Pauline has practiced and taught yoga on an inner level since 1979 and took her Iyengar Elementary Certificate in May 1987. Her deep insight and understanding of the body and its link to the mind and spirit comes through her personal practice and extensive study of other disciplines. Pauline obtained a teaching certificate in May 1983 in Applied Kinesiology, and has attended mindfulness courses.
Pauline’s teaching is informed by her work with (and study of) Kofi Busia, Jenny Beeken, Victor Van-Kooten and Angela Farmer, BKS Iyengar, Diane Long (who is her current teacher) and Sophie Hoare. Her teaching demonstrates a deep understanding of the inner body, inner awareness and movement. Pauline brings her insight and intuitive awareness into her teaching, emphasizing the balance of the inner energies and healing oneself and others through yoga.