Nerissa Fields has been practicing yoga for 35 years and teaching for 30. She trained with the British Wheel of Yoga and is currently a Final Class Assessor (FCA) for them. She is also involved with the highly regarded Bihar School of Yoga.
Based in Leicester she works with a variety of specialized groups including pregnant women, those with learning disabilities, children, the local prison service and in adult education. She is also trained as a nurse in mental health and for those with learning disabilities. She gave up nursing in 1988 to start a family and become a yoga therapist and teacher.
There have been many yoga influences, before having children she spent time in India at the Bihar School of Yoga (Satyananda Yoga School). In later years she became involved in the teachings of Desikachar. She has attended various Viniyoga Courses and completed both Stage 1 and the Foundation Course in Viniyoga Course. Her own personal teacher is Sheila Baker who has studied with T.K.V Desikachar in Channai and the UK. Nerissa has been attending one to one yoga sessions with Sheila on a regular basis over the past 16 years: www.yogaasanart.wordpress.com
Other influences have been through workshops, weekends and one day sessions with the Prison Phoenix Trust.
Meditation is integral to Nerissa's own yoga practice, she is a practising Buddhist and is actively involved with the Leicester Triratna Buddhist Community. She regularly runs Buddhist/Yoga Days.
Nerissa says: 'The skill of a yoga teacher is to adapt to the needs of the individual'.
The Prison Phoenix Trust
The PPT run courses for those already trained as yoga teachers to work in prisons. The PPT encourages prisoners in their spiritual life through meditation and yoga, working with silence and the breath: Yoga, Meditation and Books for Prisoners - Prison Phoenix Trust.