*Fiona has been studying yoga since 1993 and originally trained as a yoga therapist with the Yoga for Health Foundation. In the late 1980s, she ran a busy PR business but became very ill with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME). Initially she was in a wheelchair but made a full recovery by following a yogic lifestyle. In 1998 she wrote Beat Fatigue with Yoga (Cherry Red books), followed by a DVD which she made with Sue Delf. She is also author of Endless Energy (Piatkus). She holds an Advanced Teaching Diploma (BWY accredited) in the Krishnamacharya tradition (KHYF). Her mentor is Gill Lloyd, a direct student of TKV Desikachar. Fiona visits India regularly to deepen her knowledge of yogic philosophy and has studied the Patanjali Yoga Sutras with Desikachar and his son Kausthub and also at the Vyasa Ashram in Bangalore. She also studies Vedanta; the science of self-realisation – with her teacher James Swartz, a disciple of Swami Chinmayananda and communicates the knowledge “I am whole, complete, peaceful, unchanging and authentic” through her teaching.
Fiona works as a yoga therapist in Portsmouth where she uses yoga, tailored for the individual, to help empower the client in the journey towards healing and self-discovery by learning how to quieten the mind and detach from the identity and problems of suffering. She runs retreats in the UK and around the world for people with chronic health problems and is a regular contributor to Yoga and Health magazine. Fiona teaches philosophy for Yogacampus on the Yoga Therapy Diploma and also runs IST days on CFS for teachers for the British Wheel of Yoga. She is registered with the CNHC as a Yoga Therapist and is currently developing a teacher training module for the BWY. She was a Trustee of Action for ME for a number of yearshttp://www.fionaagombar.co.uk