Moving Prayer is the website of Jess Glenny, moving
body teacher, facilitator and therapist based
in south-east London. I offer astanga vinyasa
and yin yoga classes, courses and workshops; Phoenix
Rising yoga therapy sessions; individual and group
mentoring for yoga teachers; and dance movement
individual sessions and workshops.
Moving body practices are ways of putting all
of ourselves into motion. Through moving the body
and witnessing what emerges, we give space for
subconscious material to surface into awareness.
This process fosters the growth of an evolving
body of wisdom, enabling us to live with increasing
fulness and meaning. This is a journey into the
unexplored spaces of ourselves, a practical tool
for living, a mystical path. Enjoy!
as long as I can remember, moving my body has
been an instinctive way for me to know myself
and discover what it means to be alive. My formal
involvement with movement techniques dates from
1981, when, at the age of 18, I did my first Iyengar
yoga class. At
about the same time I began to train in ballet
and contemporary dance techniques, and did class
daily for the next 18 years.
continued to do the odd yoga class, trying out
different styles. Then, in August 2001, I came
across astanga vinyasa and fell in love with it.
I became a dedicated practitioner, finding in
this intensely physical, moving form of yoga a
deep sense of immanence in the body. The discipline
of daily engagement with my body has always been
a backbone for me. What happens on my mat now
tends to be a response to the in-the-moment needs
of my body and may not resemble asana (yoga postures)
according to any regular understanding; however,
astanga vinyasa remains a core practice.
I trained to teach astanga vinyasa initially in
2002 with Abby Daniel, and again in 2003 with
Miller. Since then I have been fortunate enough
to work with many senior astanga teachers
youll find their names on the Links
page. In 2003, I also qualified as a Phoenix
Rising yoga therapist, becoming one of a small
number of certified Phoenix Rising practitioners
in the UK. I worked with Paul
Grilley for the first time in 2006, began
teaching yin yoga not long after that, and have
since trained as a yin yoga teacher. I am registered
as a Yoga Teacher Elder with the Independent
In the summer of 2001, I gave up performance dance
techniques and began to explore experientially
oriented dance. Over the years I have experimented
with forms including including trance dance, contact
improvisation and authentic movement, and my ongoing
dance practice has been the Five Rhythms of Gabrielle
Roth. My own approach to dance movement has grown
out of all these experiences.
I took refuge with the Karma Kagyü lineage
of Tibetan Buddhism in 2005 and completed the
ngöndro (a traditional series of preparatory
practices). I dont consider myself a Buddhist,
but I do find a lot of my own understanding of
the world reflected in Buddhist philosophy, and
I often work with Buddhist tools.
teach all sorts of people with all sorts of bodies,
but I specialise in working
with people with hypermobility. My own relationship
with movement practice has been challenged and
enriched by Ehlers Danlos / Hypermobility Syndrome.
I teach occasional public workshops for hypermobile
yogis and (non-hypermobile) yoga teachers, as
well as hypermobility units for yoga teacher trainings.
I am autistic and welcome others on the spectrum
to my classes please let me know if you
have any special needs around touch, or any sensory
issues that it may be possible to address. I work
extensively with professional dancers and taught
yoga on the professional dance programme at Greenwich
Dance for many years and am also on the faculty
Dancer yoga teacher training. I am a guest
teacher on Yoga
Londons advanced yoga teacher training.
I also teach in the queer community.
For me, whatever arises in my body is a gateway
into deepening and expansion. When we remove the
labels from our physical experience and tune into
the body on a subtle level, we become aware that
our physical limitations, our injuries,
difficulties and imbalances, are our greatest
opportunities for becoming healthy, whole human
beings. We expand into this wholeness through
the commitment to stay present to to our experience,
as much as we can, without manipulating, editing
or suppressing it. Each of our experiences comes
to us as the seed of a blessing, as an invitation
to wake up to unexpected new possibilities for
being. Moving body practices offer us a way to
receive that blessing
I feel privileged to be able to pass on the little
I have learnt of these wonderful transformative
practices and hope that you will be as enriched
by them as I continue to be.
writing on yoga and movement practice appears
in various places online and in print. You can
find it at http://movingprayer.wordpress.com.
Yoga Register Teacher (Elder): Independent
Certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist:
Phoenix Rising Yoga
Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist: International
Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association
What people say about practising with Jess
of the big things for me is that Jess is so absolutely
authentic in her practice and it is an inspiration
to know that that integrity underpins all her
The sense of the presence of spirit makes
Jesss classes very special and different
from the normal yoga class. Jess creates a space
that feels sacred.Tinsel
Jess is a fantastic teacher ... I am particularly
struck by and inspired by her calm, relaxed demeanour.
I pretty much relax as soon as she starts speaking
at the beginning of the lesson.Leah
Jess is a very gifted teacher and creates
a space where one is entirely free from judgement
and the soft energy of acceptance is ever present.
She encourages deep listening in a very profound
way because she is so finely tuned in to the present
moment. A class can therefore be full of quiet,
gentle surprises and slow awakenings.Anne-Marie