Yogash chitta vritti nirodah

 

Yoga is the stilling of the changing states of mind.

translated by Edwin F. Bryant

 

Tada drashtuh svarupe 'vasthanam

 

Then the seer abides in his own true nature.

translated by Sri Swami Satchidananda

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Yoga is a place of balance, an intimate connection between body and mind, the world around us and beyond us. It gives us a framework to develop a deeper awareness and understanding to live a more meaningful, happy life – even if it’s just for a moment every day.

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For me

Yoga is

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taking the effort to get up and onto my mat in the morning

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watching my breath for an hour without getting upset that my mind wanders every few seconds

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taking up challenges and meeting my fears when practicing handstands

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paying attention

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practicing kindness

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becoming a better listener

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clarity

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freedom from misunderstanding

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and so many other things…

My yoga journey

I’ve been fascinated by yoga and meditation since my early teens, but other than reading books on Buddhism, Taoism, existential philosophy and everything else a teenager is usually attracted to nothing much ever came of it. In the early 2000s I finally started practicing Tai Chi and going on meditation retreats and on one of those retreats I had my first yoga class. Back in London I was quickly hooked and yoga immediately became a constant in my life.

I was interested in a practice that emphasises the breath, establishing the focus for a moving meditation and started practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga – linking breath with movement and finding space and alignment within one asana through the breath. It’s a beautiful framework to practice in and I still try to fit in one or two Mysore sessions a week. Staying within the Krishnamacharya lineage my practice soon evolved into a more free flow Vinyasa yoga style, where there’s space to focus on different physical and energetic themes with every practice and this is the style I teach in my regular classes. I also love the complementing balancing nature of a yin and restorative yoga practice.

I try to practice Vipassana (Insight) meditation (almost) every day – a Buddhist meditation practice based on the Theravada lineage, but universally valid independent of any religious believes – and go on meditation retreat at least twice a year.

I’m passionate about my own ever evolving practice and have been lucky to study with and been inspired by some of the world’s leading yoga teachers including Sarah Powers, Richard Freeman, Alan Finger, Shiva Rea and Rod Stryker amongst many others. I also have amazing yoga teachers and students in London that inspire and support me on my yoga journey and am blessed with great meditation teachers at Amaravati Monastery in Hertfordshire.

In addition to having done well over 500 hours of teacher training intensives and workshops I also hold a 200hr teacher training diploma from yogacampus, accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance.

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