"Yoga is a path to freedom"
Currently, I am in Southampton UK and can offer one to one yoga classes at your home. Contact for pricing and details.
I have been teaching yoga for 8 years.
Scroll down to TRAINING for more info on my experience and qualifications
My teaching draws inspiration from Hatha, Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga. The classes can be challenging, with a strong emphasis on breath work and ultimately meditation. Physical postures are simply a warm-up for this subject and not the end all and be all of Yoga.
I respect the chanting that is very much an important part of the Ashtanga tradition. However I do not include chanting in my classes.
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. Much of that can be ego, and we are trying to rid ourselves of that part of the mind, at least temporarily!
The physical aspect is there to encourage a healthy, balanced and comfortable body. The more important goal of yoga however is to still the fluctuations of the mind.
I would like to help more people to help themselves, by taking up the practice.
I started practising Yoga, actually when I was a child. I remember trying the ‘Lotus Position’ because it looked interesting. I also dabbled with meditation as I got older.
Later after some travelling abroad , I returned to the UK with a renewed interest in Yoga and Meditation. I had also quit a pretty serious smoking habit and was attracted to a more holistic approach to my health and lifestyle. A friend encouraged me to try a Yoga class with her.
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, hips and stretch my hamstrings. Also inversions that highlighted weaknesses in my wrists and hands and exposed a fatter belly than I had previously acknowledged!
I realised my core strength was almost non-existent. But I stuck at it.
At first, it was the physical side that interested me, but pretty soon I noticed it was having a positive effect on my mood. Slowly I became increasingly interested in what this practice was doing for me. It was making my life better/easier. I was more focused. More interested in other people, a happier person.
During a six-month music contract performing in Doha Qatar, in my spare time, I attended Yama Yoga Studios. This was my first proper introduction to Ashtanga yoga. The teacher Valerie Jeremijenko was inspiring. The practise was remarkably hard. However, I loved it.
Maybe not so much during the class! but the feeling after was amazing. I could feel it 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 for me as I had no idea what I was doing. Despite this the first seeds of thought of passing my very limited knowledge to others started to occur to me.
I returned to the UK with a thirst for more knowledge of Ashtanga yoga. However, I could not find any classes that came close to the experience I had found 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.
In the UK I also studied and gained a level 3 diploma in Massage and successfully completed an ITEC diploma in Anatomy Physiology and Pathology.
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.
I moved to Marseille in the South of France and through good fortune ended up with my own class at a dedicated Ashtanga school Yama where I taught for a year.
I was able to attend all other classes and learnt a great deal from my fellow yoga teachers including Vanessa Brouillet, Alexia Galleron and Savitri Igos.
I returned again to the UK where I resumed my classes and had the opportunity of teaching yoga to medical students at Plymouth University, a good chance to brush up on my anatomy.
It is great to see that yoga is now being taken more seriously by the medical profession.
Most recently an extended trip (6 months) to Australia and Bali Indonesia has broadened my mind. Learning more from other teachers, schools of thought, other cultures, and seeing how the practice is continuing to rapidly expand and develop.
I have experienced almost every style of yoga class and have learnt so much. I am excited to resume my teaching in the UK for 2019.
I am currently planning for some yoga workshops in Plymouth.
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