Luminous Trails

Yoga, Travel, Inspiration

Jacqueline Wigglesworth, founder of Luminous Trails and fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, has always been an adventurous soul and has been leading trips and running yoga retreats across the world for the last 11 years.  Luminous Trails is informed by her travel experience, love of sacred places, respect for local people when travelling, passion for the environment and love of yoga and all things wholistic. Having worked and travelled on 6 continents and in over 85 countries, she happily shares her extensive travel and community support knowledge and her unique blend of yoga and wellness 'life tools' accumulated over the years which are universal and practical. Jacqueline graduated from Exeter University with a BA (Hons) in Drama and has a diploma with distinction from the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, where she was introduced to yoga in 1997. She was considered for the role of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider. Instead she led expeditions in fascinating, remote, sacred parts of the world, amongst ancient archaeological wonders. Not so very different (except the salary!) She continues to love teaching yoga and leading retreats and trips.

Jacqueline has trained in many styles of yoga, in London (at Triyoga with Nadia Narain,) and in India and California, including Vinyasa Flow with Shiva Rea, Yin Yoga and Mindfulness with Sarah Powers, Ashtanga with Pattabhi Jois, Restorative with Judith Lasater, Yoga Therapy with TKV Desikachar, Amrita Yoga at Amma's Ashram in Kerala and Iyengar Yoga. Her own style of teaching is authentic, fun, safe and joyful, always relating to the bigger picture. It is both dynamic (solar/yang) and relaxing (lunar/yin) and always includes inspiring quotes, breathing exercises (pranayama) and illuminating meditations. Jacqueline sees yoga, in its widest sense as a wonderful tool to enhance every aspect of life and adapts her yoga classes to cater to all levels. She worked for many years teaching clients at London's prestigious private member's club Home House. Currently based in Sussex in the UK, she is ever happy to share the many benefits yoga brings, wherever she finds herself, and particularly enjoys leading retreats in beautiful sacred locations. 

Jacqueline has led several expeditions for VentureCo in South America, Africa and Asia, including the epic 15 week ‘Inca Amazon Venture,' and has been staff for Global Vision International in Mexico, the Amazon and Fiji. Her adventures include being crew leader on the Gypsy Moth yacht with Ellen McArthur on board, going to Everest base camp in Tibet, diving with dolphins in the Bahamas and galloping horses across Mongolia raising money for animal welfare. The more she travels, the more similarities she sees than differences. She believes that essentially we are all one  -  ‘sunbeams of the same sun, waves of the same ocean’  -  and that focusing on our unity as a race and protecting our home, this earth, are the keys to a brighter future.
 
She has also been involved in several humanitarian and environmental projects including working in an orphanage in Nepal; teaching English and sustainable development in Mexico; helping set up and later leading The Book Bus for children in Zambia, Malawi and Ecuador, including taking it to a refugee settlement for 6 weeks; working on education and rainwater harvesting projects in Fiji; as well as volunteering on several Red Cross events over 15 years, including hosting one of their Gala balls in London. Jacqueline is also on the board of The Humanity Initiative, whose mission is 'encouraging people everywhere to understand this planet as our common home.' They are currently working on a HumaniTEA called Ahimsa-Infusions of Peace.

Her lifelong interest in different philosophies, cultures and spirituality through extensive reading, travels and meetings with some of the world's brightest lights, informs her daily life. She is currently working on a documentary and a book called ‘World of Wonder.’ Luminous Trails combines her love of travel, yoga, meditation, inspiring books and films, aromatherapy, nutrition, anthropology, discovery and giving back all into one inspiring experience.

As they say in Jamaica: Full Joy!