Gordon Spence began Yoga at the age of thirteen and it continues to transform his life. He felt pleased and privileged to be able to give something back by teaching Yoga to others. Yoga led him to physical and spiritual competence. As a result He was able to enjoy vigorous exercise and spent 12 years organising and instructing outdoor pursuits for the Inner London Probation Service. He also held “Inward Bound” courses – Yoga and mountaineering. He continues to be sustained by Yoga and by being a Quaker.
Under the guidance of his first Yoga teacher, Robert Leyshon-Hughes, he learned to improve his relaxation methods, insight and sensitivity. He also learned to work with groups and to assist students with postures and breathing. In 1973 Robert recommended that he should teach, and around that time he joined the Centre Community in London. Robert gave him a letter of recommendation to teach a weekly 2-hour class for the London borough of Richmond. He taught this class from September to December.
Centre Community emphasised spiritual practice through communal living and also held public classes in Yoga and related fields. Here he was both teacher and student, studying under Malcom Strutt to further his Yoga practice and teaching methods. He also assisted Robert Hughes with mental health Yoga classes at Tooting Bec Hospital for two and a half years. In 1974 he began teaching classes for the public at Centre House.
In 1978 his study of Yoga led to a B.W.Y. Teaching Diploma and this enabled him to teach in prisons.
“In 1989 he undertook training in psychotherapy on a B.A.C. accredited 3-year diploma course taught by Nigel Hamilton. This involved study and practice of both humanistic and spiritual approaches to therapy, known as Transpersonal. From 1992 he has held counselling & psychotherapy sessions for 1-3 clients per week, both short and long-term.
He has held classes for Civil Servants and the general public in Westminster from 1978 to 2014 and holds classes in Croydon & Selsdon that began in 1990.
He is convinced that Yoga practice should touch the whole human being and link the individual with the universal. In practical terms this means he includes as many aspects of Yoga as possible and encourages people to go beyond their original reasons for practising Yoga.