Judy Smith was born and educated in South Africa, where she studied at the University of the Witwatersrad. Judy began practising yoga in the early 1970s to correct her posture and, after having children, trained as a teacher at the prestigious lyengar Yoga Institute in Maida Vale, London, qualifying in 1989. Judy teaches classes all over London, including a remedial class at Triyoga in north London, and children's classes. Having trained to a senior level, Judy regularly visits the mother institute in Pune, India, where she attends courses taught by B.K.S. lyengar, his daughter Geeta, and his son, Prachant.