"Yoga is a path to freedom"
Currently, I can offer one to one yoga classes in the Plymouth area at £30 per hour CONTACT for further information.
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I started practising Yoga, actually when I was a child. I remember practising the “Lotus Position” mainly because it looked interesting! I also dabbled in Meditation in my early twenty’s. But did not really “Get It”
Much Later after some travelling, I returned to the UK with a renewed interest in Yoga and Meditation and I had also quit smoking. A friend encouraged me to try a Yoga class with her. I went along wearing totally the wrong clothes and with the wrong yoga mat and I was completely shocked at how hard I found the practice. In particular, these repeated postures that were forcing me to open in my shoulders and stretch my hamstrings and I realized my core strength was non-existent! but I stuck at it.
I got a better yoga mat! and some shorts.
At first, it was the physical side that interested me but soon I could tell it was having a positive mental effect. Slowly I became more and more interested in what this practice was doing to me. It was making my life better/easier. I was more focused. More interested in other people, a nicer person.
During a six-month contract performing in Doha Qatar, in my spare time, I attended Yama Yoga Studios. This was my first real introduction to Ashtanga yoga. It was remarkably hard! but I loved it and I could feel it was transforming me. After this experience, I was now fascinated with yoga.
One time I attended a teacher training class by mistake! but was kindly allowed to stay and practice with the other trainee teachers. It was very embarrassing as I had no idea what I was doing! but the first seeds of thought of passing my very limited knowledge to others started to occur to me.
I returned to the UK with an amazing suntan and a thirst for more knowledge of this “Ashtanga” yoga that I had been introduced to, but could not find any classes that came close to the experience in the middle east.
Needing a deeper immersion into yoga in general, I travelled to India and attended the Himalaya Yoga Valley Training Centre. My-self and twenty-two others from around the globe, spent twelve hours per day, six days a week training in meditation, pranayama, chanting, anatomy, asana and philosophy. Eating almost a purely vegetarian diet and living 2 mins walk from a beautiful beach. Unfortunately, this had to come to an end. But I returned to the UK a fully qualified yoga instructor.
After two years teaching yoga at Plymouth life centre, Brickfields sports centre and Plymouth’s own dedicated studio The Yoga Loft. It was time for some more travelling. During this time I also studied and gained a level 3 diploma in Massage and successfully completed an ITEC diploma in Anatomy Physiology and Pathology.
I moved to Marseille in the South of France and had my own class at a dedicated Ashtanga school Yama for a year. I was also able to attend all other classes and learnt a great deal from the other teachers including Vanessa Brouillet, Alexia Galleron and Savitri Igos.
I describe the physical part of my teaching style as “dynamic”. I modify the poses and sequences in order to best suit the class I am teaching.
I respect and understand the chanting that is very much an important part of the Ashtanga tradition however I do not include chanting in my classes.
Although I do very much appreciate the transformative nature of traditional Ashtanga yoga, I do not feel that in its purest form, it is suitable for everyone. It is a complete practice that any yoga teacher should have an excellent knowledge of, but it is not practical for me in the classes that I teach.
My teaching style certainly draws inspiration from Ashtanga. My classes can be challenging, they have a strong emphasis on breath work (pranayama) the stilling of the mind (pratyahara) and ultimately meditation. The physical postures are simply a warm-up for this subject and not the end all and be all of what Yoga is.
If you can breathe, you can do yoga.
It is not all about how bendy you are, or if you can twist yourself into exotic shapes. Most of that is ego, and we are trying to rid ourselves of that part of the mind, at least temporarily!
Now I reside in the UK. Most recently I have had the honour of teaching yoga to medical students at Plymouth University and I cover for other teachers at various venues.
I would like to help more people to help themselves, by taking up the practice.
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