About Peter Blackaby
Peter started practicing yoga seriously in 1978 as a student of the Iyengar system and after six years undertook the two-year teacher-training programme, qualifying in 1986. He continued in this system for a further four years.
From 1987-1993 Peter studied Osteopathy at the College of Osteopaths at Regents College London, qualifying in 1994.
From 1995 he co-ran a two-year teacher training course with John Stirk and Sophy Hoare, while teaching anatomy and physiology at the Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy in Ealing. This was followed by another two-year training course.
In 2002 he became involved in the British Wheel of Yoga (the governing body in England), and ran a two-year teacher training programme for them.
Although Peter no longer trains teachers, he has been running courses for teachers since then. His interest in the last 15 years has been to put some scientific underpinning to the practice of yoga, both in the biomechanical sense and in the mind/body relationship.
Currently he teaches functional anatomy on the London yoga teacher-training course and has input to two other local courses. He also teaches the anatomy module at the Esther Myers yoga studio in Toronto, and is regularly invited to teach throughout England, Wales and Scotland.
The project he is involved with at present is a two-year course for teachers called grounded yoga. There are five faculty, with Peter teaching biomechanics, Professor Peter Connolly teaching philosophy, Dr. Christine McHugh teaching homeostatic regulation through yoga, Diane Farrell teaching the psychology of the body, and Taravajra teaching mindfulness. Their aim is to help students understand how yoga can bring productive change to the body, the mind, and the breath and improve our sense of relationship to the environment in which we find ourselves.