Interview with Yoga Teacher Jordan Crowley
e caught up with Yoga teacher Jordan Crowley.
CONGRATS ON QUALIFYING AS A YOGA TEACHER IN 2020, HOW DID YOU FIND STUDYING IN 2020 DURING THE PANDEMIC?
It was strange! We started in January 2020 so had a few months of normality before everything completely turned on its head. I did my training with Yoga London who were great at adapting the syllabus to allow us to do modules such as anatomy and philosophy online, which helped keep the momentum up. When classes returned to in person it did mean we had longer weekends which mainly involved practical (practice and teaching) so it was hella tiring. There was such a great sense of camaraderie though, we kept each other going even when it felt like we were running on empty.
ZOOM HAS BECOME A GO-TO FOR YOGA SESSIONS RIGHT NOW, HOW ARE YOU FINDING TEACHING YOGA ON ZOOM?
There are upsides and downsides to it. On the positive side of things, the fact that it’s remote allows me to connect with people who usually wouldn’t be able to attend a session in person. My sister is in France and my mum is up in the Peak District but they both regularly come to my classes which brings me so much joy. My main struggle is assisting students on an individual basis, it’s so hard to properly see them to give tailored instructions when they are on a tiny screen.
DO YOU HAVE ANY PLANS IN TEACHING IN PERSON ONCE LOCKDOWN IS OVER AND PEOPLE CAN ATTEND YOGA SESSIONS?
Absolutely, I can’t wait! Zoom serves a purpose but there really is nothing like in person yoga sessions. I’m an Event Manager by profession so keen to start hosting my own yoga infused events once the dust has settled… Watch this space!
WHO ARE YOUR GREATEST YOGA INSPIRATIONS?
I’m a big Cat Meffan fan. I really enjoy her creative flows and she has such a feeling of authenticity about her. Closer to home I draw inspiration from most of my teachers, past and present. Every time I do a class I find something new that inspires my own practice, it’s hard to keep up sometimes!
WHATS THE BEST ADVICE YOU WERE GIVEN WHEN QUALIFYING AS A YOGA TEACHER?
Take it day by day and don’t think too much about the end goal as it will likely freak you out. There is so so much to learn, it can be a little overwhelming for a student at first, you just have to take it a step at a time and trust the process.
FOR THOSE WANTING TO JOIN YOUR YOGA CLASSES, WHERE DO THEY GO TO SIGN UP?
You can find me on Instagram @yogijords. Drop me a DM, I’d love to connect!
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT SUNDAY IN LONDON (IMAGINE A DAY WHEN EVERYTHING IS OPEN AND WE ARE FREE FROM THE FEAR OF CATCHING COVID-19)
Hahah hard to remember such a time! It would start with a yoga class at my local More Yoga studio in Stoke Newington for sure, then I would meet my girlfriend for a drag brunch at Dalston Superstore. Vegan food, bloody Marys and queens, It’s the first place we are going when things open up again! Then I’ll probably find a spot in Hackney Downs with our Chinese Crested puppy Fabio, that’s my lovely chilled Sunday.
Photography by Nyla Sammons