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.
MY YOGA JOURNEY began when I was 14 and my mother returned from a month retreating at a Sivanandsa Ashram. She got me and my sisters onto a mat, but little did I know at the time that Yoga was going to transform my life. I had recently confirmed my belief in the christian church, although what I understand now, is that I was confirming my belief in faith, in something greater, more powerful, more complete, than each and every one of us as individuals. I was confirming my belief in the God within us all.
Without sounding conceited, in my days as as sportswoman, I was always among the best. Competition and success was a proud part of my existence, yet something in me felt incomplete. I was unhappy, in many ways, seriously depressed at times.
I am strong, freakishly strong for a woman, in fact, but I am not naturally flexible. And so Yoga Asana made me loose that competitive battle very quickly. I learnt that I had to surrender, to accept my body, its weaknesses, injuries, stiffness. It taught me that the state of my body, reflects so clearly the state of my mind. Strong willed, determined, and in fight mode. The more I have practiced yoga throughout the past 10 years, the more flexible I have become, the more supple, soft and patient. Not just in the body, but also in the mind. The details in which I now understand the intricate aspects of my physical body, are reflected in the way I feel more clear and assured in my mind.
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 feel so at home in an Ashtanga Yoga shala, and 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.