Jacqueline Wigglesworth, founder of Luminous Trails, is a presenter, writer, yoga teacher and travel guide. A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, she has always been an adventurous soul and has been to over 90 countries on 6 continents. Luminous Trails is informed by her travel experience, respect for local people, passion for the environment and love of all things holistic. 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!)
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 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 Dorset- England, 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 community based trips 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 building homes and weaving workshops with local Quechua communities in the sacred valley of Peru, 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,' 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 various humanitarian and environmental projects including working in an orphanage in Nepal; teaching English and sustainable development in Tulum, 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; (she is executive producer on a new documentary about it,) 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 have recently created a HumaniTEA called Ahimsa-Infusions of Peace.
Jacqueline has created three books: a coffee table book called World of Wonder with highlights from her travels and inspiring quotes, Little Book of Wisdom based on her encounters with several of the world's brightest lights including Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama and Stephen Hawking, and Little Book of Life Tools filled with tips to make the journey through life easier. There are links to these books in the Inspiration page of this website under Books and Films.
She recently presented a documentary on a sustainable community in Jamaica and creates her own 100% natural product range for beauty and the home called Love Gaia.
Luminous Trails combines her love of travel, yoga, the environment, humanity, inspiring books and films, spirituality, holistic living and giving back all into one inspiring experience.
As they say in Jamaica: Full Joy!