Accredited Yoga Elder with Independent Yoga Network
My initial Yoga study involved a residential Sivananda Teacher Training (200 hrs), in a four week period.
Held in Poland near Gdansk. The whole period was intense and was akin to Ashram life.
The Karuna Yoga training with Ruth White (500 hrs) occurred over a 2 year period and added a deeper perspective of the physical postures. This method often uses props to help attain a greater range within each posture. It lends itself to a broader audience than some of the faster flow practices in trend these days.
It is Yoga for everyone.
At the London College of Massage in the early 90’s i studied Therapeutic and Remedial Massage also Pregnancy and Manual Lymph Drainage. At Morley College i studied Sports Massage and in 2000 qualified in Reflexology Eastern and Western styles.
Having worked with these therapies through the years prior to studying Yoga it gave me a strong insight into being able to adjust and move people during the Yoga practice. This added insight in the yoga postures helps me to see the body’s movements and also to feel what is needed to reach more fully the potential of our Yoga practice.
Unlike other physical activities Yoga can focus totally on the mind-body connection.
Anapana is the starting point for the meditation that i teach. It is observation of the natural breath.
I attend Vipassana by SN Goenka, 10 days silent meditation retreat courses, usually once a year in India whenever possible. There are centres worldwide and in the UK can be found in Herefordshire and Suffolk. Dhamma.org
Vipassana is a Pali word meaning, to see things as they really are. This form of Meditation can erase habitual patterns, dissolve pain and erradicate old issues.
I run annual Yoga retreats, holidays in India and Hungary. And a range of workshops throughout the year.
The physical therapies have really helped inform my understanding of Yoga practice, so in addition to a massage or reflexology treatment, can offer guidance for a stretch or posture to help you.