About Trish MunroFounder of The Yoga Factory
“A journey, which began for physical reasons, soon became much more.”
Trish was an aspiring swimmer growing up, but soon discovered she had a hip deformity and had to give up on her dream.
After years of pain and multiple operations, doctors informed her that she had chronic arthritis in both hips and would need them both replaced within a year. Trish, however, disagreed. She decided to fight the fate that was handed to her and forge a new path in life.
This new path took the form of yoga; a path that enabled her to put off a hip replacement for over 20 years. 22 years later, and she is still going strong on the other hip.
The journey, which began for physical reasons, soon became much more.
It became apparent to Trish that the mental journey she went through was at least as important, if not more. It was this blend of physical activity and mental fortitude that gave her strength, and it was this strength she wanted to give to others.
She went on to found The Yoga Factory, which specialised in writing courses for school teachers to teach in school. She wanted all children to learn about, and understand, the importance of maintaining a healthy body and mind -something that had eluded her in her youth.
She devised a series of simple exercises revolving around breath control and relaxation to create structured routines that could be delivered by teachers or classroom assistants in schools. The response has been amazing. It is estimated that over a million children are now benefiting from the routines and that number continues to grow daily.
The experience gained through dealing with school teachers and the help and joy it gave to children, motivated her to write a stress management course ‘Stress Less’. The programme helps the participants to learn strategies for managing stress and deal with it in a positive manner using her 3 core principles – breathing, mindfulness and emotional Intelligence. You can find out more at www.stress-less.org
Trish has been a fully trained yoga teacher for over 18 years and is dedicated to inspiring young and old alike. Learning just a few simple practices will help to develop a healthier body and mind – enabling everyone to live a more fulfilling and happier life.
We have now trained over 4000 teachers on the yoga for schools programme, bringing yoga to thousands of school children across the UK