the path to connecting with all there is

YOGA

We are body, mind, spirit, community and environment.

…and we are more than the sum of our parts! In practice, yoga is one of acknowledging and balancing relationship that leads to an increase of awareness about who we are, and how connect with the world.

The process of exploring yoga is sometimes experienced as 'waking up' of sorts: through asana practice there is a wider lens of the body in space and space in the body; this enables a refined skillfulness physically that includes becoming more energy efficient. In a timeframe that is different for each of us, the work on the mat can translate into other areas of life; there is an invitation to change.

It doesn’t happen overnight, but with an earnest and regular practice, yoga can be a tool for understanding the world we each create and the world that creates us...and this might lead to a realisation of Self - who we really are.

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ABOUT MY TEACHING

A guiding hand to a meaningful practice.

I've always felt inspired by the spark of curiosity. I'm interested in nourishing that spark when there is an opening for contribution; I light up when I encounter people as eager to explore the question 'who am I?' as 'how do I stand on my head?' But whether you start with one line of inquiry of the other, it all starts in showing up.

My yoga practice has spanned several decades through iterations of a changing landscape, physically and mentally. This path has shined its light through child birth, a liver transplant and two spinal surgeries, and many hardships and joys inbetween.

My teaching is influenced by several teachers and methods and continues to evolve. The Jivamukti method of which I have been practicing for over 20 years and hold an Advanced Certification, resonates deeply for me and I appreciate it for being complete, uplifting and action-oriented. This wholistic method of yoga focuses on cultivating yoga as a non-harming, faith-based practice that hones both skillful listening and the roots of activism, increasing concentration and responsibility— all set to a rigorous asana practice.

Iyengar yoga has been a strong aspect of my asana and pranayama practice for over a decade. I love the attention to detail, specificity of alignment and exacting pranayama, all of which have deeply informed my teaching. Finally, Rolfing
® and Rolf Movement® have also played a formidable role in how I communicate explorative movement and the elements that define physicality in space. Each of my lessons create an opportunity for exploration and creativity that help to forge an inner relationship with the body-mind. 

I consider myself more of a perennial student and guide than a teacher and find purpose in empowering practitioners and teachers alike to be curious, to learn how to move and be in touch with one’s own uniqueness from a place of curiosity, awareness and understanding...and to never assume there is only one approach to anything in life.

 

RECOVERY

Yoga and Healing.

Yoga as a healing modality has been pivotal in my own recovery. It has helped to reframe my life post-liver transplantation, to recover from two spinal surgeries, and to stay present to the changing circumstances that arise living with an auto-immune disease and autistic child.

I have a personal knowledge of trauma as well as a comprehensive understanding of anatomy and the body as a fluid space.

Please get in touch regarding trauma-informed work / yoga for illness and recovery prior booking a session.

BESPOKE SESSIONS

One-to-one and Corporate Lessons.

A small number of spaces each week are dedicated to privates and corporate clients. I am interested in building relationships and therefore avoid one-off sessions of this manner. Contact me for more information.

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MOVEMENT FOR MODERN LIFE

Videos on demand.

When you can’t make it to a class yet don’t have the inspiration or know-how to initiate a self-practice, online yoga resources can be a god-send. My friends at Movement for Modern Life have chosen some of the best teachers in the UK to bring a variety of classes to you, from beginning restorative classes to challenging sweaty beasts.

I have some 20 filmed classes on the site, everything from a full 90 minute alignment-based Jivamukti lesson, to short segments focusing on protection and recovery from illness, to themed, hour-long Jivamukti classes. Have a look!

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FAQ's

Do I need my own mat and props?


For in-person classes, please bring your own yoga mat, and if you would like to bring a blanket, please do. Props in the form of blocks, yoga belts and chairs are available on site. For online classes, it is very helpful if you have both a mat and a pair of blocks and a yoga belt.




Why do you require all in-person students to be fully vaccinated?


I know this is a controversial position on the Covid virus. There are two reasons for my position on the vaccination: the first is, I want everyone to be and feel as safe as possible, and there is evidence that being vaccinated both slows the transmission of the disease as well as aids in the recovery. While the vaccination is not a silver bullet, there is plenty of research to show that it slows the spread of the virus and its severity. The second reason is that I myself am in the most critically vulnerable category, having had a liver transplant and being severely auto-immune suppressed.




I have a handicap, can I attend class?


My goal is to be as inclusive as possible in my lessons. Marindin Hall does have a ramp, but there is also a step into the entrance way. If you have a special need that you are uncertain about, please contact me using the form at the bottom of the page to let me know, and I will better be able to assess if I can help you.




Is there a shower on site?


Marindin Hall has several toilets, but no shower.




What should I eat/drink before class?


What you do with your body is your choice. The purpose of not eating for a few hours before class is that you body is not overly engaged in the digestive process. Drink before and after the session, but if possible, refrain from over drinking during the practice itself - as one of the points of yoga is to direct energy upwards, and if we are drinking a lot of fluid through the course of the practice, it will pull all that energetic work down. Of course, if you need to drink water throughout a lesson for a health reasons, feel free to do so. Eating in general is a large topic and shares an intimate relationship in how we feel in the body. Prior to a session, a lite vegetarian meal is preferable.