Yoga is a way of life, and during the past 10 years it has become the way of my life. It's a path of practice, of commitment, of devotion to the greater good.
I share a a fusion of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga traditions, with a balance between movement and stillness. Inspired by Hridaya, Sivananda, Agama and Ashtanga Yoga traditions the focus is to find a space of tranquility within, while activating and energising different muscles and energy points in the body. Using the chakra system to guide yogis through their practice brings another element into the sequence, and allows for deeper exploration of these subtle energy wheels.
Drawing attention to the breath, brings yogis more in tune with their lung capacity, and its common underuse. Through breath we are able to eliminate more toxins than through any other method of excretion. We explore breath and its ability to cleanse and heal through pranayama practice, too.
I trained in Classical Tantrik Hatha Yoga, under the guidance of Arjuna Thilo at Mahadevi Ashram in Guatemala, and I spent time in Sivananda Ashram (Kerala), SriRamanashram (Arunachala), the Himalayan Iyengar School (Dharamshala). These years of Hatha yoga awarded me greatly. I slowed down, and became content with where I am, in each moment.
My pitta (fire element) character lead me to discover the Ashtanga Yoga Tradition. The daily discipline, repetitive structure, and the intelligent formation of the series' - whereby each seat is preparing you for the next asana - leaves me in a state of awe at the end of each morning practice. I can not imagine my life now, without this structure, this discipline, this commitment to self-development and growth, each morning. I'm lucky to visit India on a yearly basis to continue practice and study with Sharmila Desai, a student and disiple of K. Pattabhi Jois himself.
I love nothing more than sharing what I have been so lucky to learn. We always begin our practice together slowly, being kind to the body as we warm up. From here we flow, learning to connect our breath to our movements (vinyasa), finding the link between mental and physical strength, movement and mindfulness. We exert ourselves, to detoxify the body, before making our way down onto our mats for seated and lying sequences. Here we begin to hold postures for extended periods of time, allowing the body to become more subtle and flexible. The states of stillness cultivated during these periods resting in posture, deepen our states of consciousness and allow for each seat to become a meditation position.
Yoga is more than a workout. It makes you realise that when you surrender and when you find stillness, strength follows. This strength cultivated is both mental and physical, bringing harmony and balance to our existance.
I warmly welcome you to join me on the mat.