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 a posture through the breath. 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’ve been teach in my regular classes since 2009.

My classes interweave yoga philosophy and thoughts on the psychology of the mind with intelligent, imaginative (and often somewhat unusual) fun sequences. Connection to the breath, attention to alignment, exploration of functional movement, and encouragement to develop clarity and awareness off the mat are integral to my teaching. I also love the complementing balancing nature of a gentle flow and restorative yoga practice and often teach these in 4 week courses and on retreat.

I’m involved in yogacampus’ yoga teacher training course and support yoga teacher trainees in their own journey of becoming teachers as a mentor. I also offer mentoring to other yoga and meditation teachers.

My teaching is inclusive, and infused by warmth, care and humour.

I’m passionate about my own ever evolving practice and am lucky to continue studying with and being inspired by some of the world’s leading yoga teachers including Richard Freeman, Alan Finger, Shiva Rea, Doug Keller and Rod Stryker amongst many others. I also have amazing students in London that inspire and support me on my yoga journey.

I’m registered with Yoga Alliance Professionals as a senior yoga teacher – with well over 4000 teaching hours. I have done well over 500 hours of teacher training intensives and workshops, and hold a 200hr teacher training diploma from yogacampus, accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance. I’ve trained in yin yoga and mindfulness with Sarah Powers and I’m also trained to teach meditation and mindfulness at 200hr level with additional advanced training in trauma-sensitive mindfulness.

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