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 yoga philosophy. Eating a purely vegetarian diet and living 2 mins walk from a beautiful beach. Sadly, 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 body 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 added hugely to my experience. Gaining knowledge from other teachers, schools of thought, different 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 very much. I am excited to resume my teaching in the UK for 2019.
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