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The Bhagavad Gita says ‘Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self’

I believe each class is a personal journey for the learner. A voyage of self discovery. I see yoga as the vehicle for the journey of the body and mind. 

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I come from a dance background and have been teaching dance for over 20 years.
I am E-RYT experienced, qualified Yoga Teacher.

My personal practice is Ashtanga, and have studied both at the Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore, India with Sharath Jois and Saraswathi Jois, and with Authorised Teachers of the lineage throughout Asia.

Recently I have begun to ask myself what I really want to achieve by teaching yoga?

I am still guided by the Bhagavad Gita quote, yoga should be an individual journey. An exploration of the self, and not just in asana (postures) but looking at your life holistically.

Over the years of teaching my teaching has evolved from a creative flow to a more structured class that focuses on different elements each week. Rooted firmly in Ashtanga, working with the real connection of moving with the breath (vinyasa). Further inspired by the quote from Sri. K Pattabhi Jois ‘Yoga is a breathing practice – the rest is just a circus’

If you can link your breath with the movement you will totally change your practice. If you take each class as an exploration, or journey, to find out more about yourSELF, you will change your practice.

Whilst I truly believe that Ashtanga is the best ‘method’ of yoga, providing a strong dynamic practice to strengthen the body and mind, I appreciate that teaching in the western world to students who maybe only take one class per week I have to be mindful in my approach, that although structured, the sequence can be adapted to suit every body, every age, everyone, in an individual journey of discovery.

We all start with the asana, the physical practice, but all my classes will also have a strong emphasis on pranayama (breathing techniques) and dhyana (meditation). If you come to my Ashtanga Vinyasa classes you will get just this, but following the Ashtanga Primary Series.

A restorative class will be less asana based and more about breath work and meditation.  Vinyasa classes flow through a choreographed sequence, with the focus on linking breath and body as one.

As a practitioner you must allow yourself to not only be guided by a teacher, but by your own body. Even the most experienced practitioner can approach each class as a beginner, and beginners have the joy of letting their journey slowly unfold.

Ultimately this journey should lead you to find some quietness of the mind. To press pause on the constant chatter of the brain and external distractions and let yourself be present, in that moment, whether you are in child’s pose, or forearm balance, sun salutations or deep backbends, the intention is the same. Being present, allowing the breath to flow.

To take the journey of the self, through the self, to the self is an exciting journey and one that i hope you will let me help guide you on.

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I want each student in my class to come out feeling good about themselves and I believe that each class is a personal journey for the learner. I am able to work in a group of mixed level students giving variations on postures to challenge experienced yogis and help the beginner get more out of the class. I aim to heal and not hurt. My classes will contain a mixture of asana, pranayama and meditation.

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I have a post graduate Certificate in Education and a Professional Diploma in Dance. I have been teaching dance for over 20 years. I professionally trained in dance and choreography at LABAN TRINITY.

Qualifications:

  • 200 RYT Yoga Alliance
  • NCFE Level 2 Fitness Instructor
  • Cert. Ed in Further Education
  • Professional Diploma in Dance Theatre from Laban Trinity

2018 – 19 Teaching in and around Gloucestershire at: Studio 13, Cheltenham, Quay Yoga, Gloucester, Calcot Spa, Tetbury, David Lloyd, Gloucester, Nuffield Health, Gloucester and Warrior and Wild, Nailsworth

2017 teaching at: Akasha Wellness Retreat in Transylvania, Romania teaching Ashtanga and Yin and delivering workshops in Mediation, Pranayama, Yoga Alignment, Inversions and more.

2016 –  I taught and practiced at The Yoga Retreat, Koh Phangan – click for details teaching Beginners Ashtanga Led Primary, Hatha Flow and Yin Yoga, and assisting in the Mysore classes.

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