Introducing Len Gillespie

“I am passionate about sharing with others how the “self care system of yoga” can be used to support and improve our day to day lives.

My goal as a teacher is to inspire and empower people to take responsibility for their health and happiness and have fun doing it!

I really enjoy supporting students in taking those “first small steps” towards new, more positive habits, that in turn can lead to powerful personal transformation.”

– Len Gillespie


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Founder and Principal Teacher at Yoga Prana

Throughout his working life, Len has had interesting careers in several industries: printing, publishing, technical and creative design and training and has spent more than 25 years in private business helping people deal with the daily challenges of working with computers and getting disparate technologies to work nicely with one another. Len has a great eye for detail while simultaneously being able to stay focused on the big picture.

“Despite the enjoyment and satisfaction my work and hobbies have brought to me over the years, long hours, stress and health issues finally forced me to slow down and reassess a lifestyle that simply wasn’t working. Instead of giving up, I saw this as the perfect opportunity for some serious change. I know deep down you cant literally ‘do it all’ but it never stopped me from trying – and of course there is always a price to pay…”

Utilising a clean diet and the many tools of yoga, Len has radically transformed his health and begun a new chapter in his Life.

Teaching in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya (having completed the Advanced Diploma of Teacher Training with The Yoga Institute under the direction of Michael de Manincor PhD)

Len particularly enjoys introducing beginners to the practice of yoga and meditation, teaching privately in one-on-one sessions as well as exploring the many benefits of group learning through classes and workshops.

Len is currently studying Yoga Therapy (under the direction of Dr Ganesh Mohan) which combines the most effective aspects of traditional Yoga and Ayurveda with modern Medicine.

June 2017, Completed Module 3 of the Svastha Yoga of Krishnamacharya: Therapy Program with Dr Ganesh Mohan.


Qualifications (Yoga and Related)

  • YA Reg TeachAdvanced Diploma of Teacher Training (The Yoga Institute – under the direction of Michael de Manincor PhD (650 hours))
  • Module 1 of the Svastha Yoga of Krishnamacharya: Therapy Program – Musculoskeletal System: Functional Approach to Disorders of the Lumbar spine and Lower Limb
  • Module 2 of the Svastha Yoga of Krishnamacharya: Therapy Program – Musculoskeletal System: Functional Approach to Disorders of the Cervical & Thoracic Spine and Upper Lim
  • Module 3 of the Svastha Yoga of Krishnamacharya: Therapy Program – Anatomy, Physiology, and Sequencing of the Breath, Yoga Therapy for Respiratory and Cardiovascular Disorders
  • Module 4 of the Svastha Yoga of Krishnamacharya: Therapy Program – Pranayama, Ayurveda, Neurological, Immune, Digestive, and Hormonal Systems

  • Module 6 of the Svastha Yoga of Krishnamacharya: Therapy Program – Yoga Psychology for Well-Being, Stress, Anxiety
  • Module 7 of the Svastha Yoga of Krishnamacharya: Therapy Program – Revision of key disorder based guidelines – Cancer, Diabetes, Asthma – Holistic Case Studies (Integration/Completion Module)
  • Advanced Teaching Workshop (Simon Borg-Olivier IYTA)
  • Integrative Restoration – iRest Level 1 Yoga Nidra Training (Richard C. Miller, PhD)
  • Advanced Asana Workshop (Campbell Wilson)
  • Yoga for Seniors Workshop (Melissa Roncolato & Maria Johnston)
  • Yoga for Children Workshop (Michela Caselli)
  • Sound Practice Workshop September 2014 (Pamela Tyson), June 2015 (Pamela Tyson)
  • Yoga for Women’s Health Workshop (Rosie Caunt)
  • Introduction to Ayurveda Workshop (Eleni Tsikrikas)
  • Current Apply First Aid and CPR (HLTAID001, HLTAID002, HLTAID003, HLTFA311A)

Other areas of interest

I enjoy, reading, writing, cooking, astronomy and trying any kind of sport I haven’t yet experienced. I love conversations on anything and everything.


The viniyoga approach to teaching yoga

The term viniyoga has been used by T.K.V. Desikachar (son of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya) to describe his approach to utilizing the tools of yoga, in particular his conviction that yoga practice should be adapted to fit the individuality and particular situation of each practitioner.

Our teachers have trained extensively with this approach as the primary focus and teach in the lineage of Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya.

“Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you, to yourself, but as it applies to the other”.

Yoga should always be adapted to the needs, circumstances and goals of each individual, never the individual to fit the yoga.


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