When I speak about yoga, I mean the entirety of yoga.
This includes physical postures, which can be fun, help develop our awareness, ground us when we're too much in our heads, and rebalance and re-energise the physical body.
But in the west we too often ignore the rest of yoga: the many mindfulness techniques that can be carried into day-to-day life, the pantheon of sitting meditation practices, the breathwork that connects body, heart and mind, the yoga of serving our community, the enquiry into what it is to be a human being.
I am often approached by people looking for coping mechanisms to deal with the stress in their lives, wanting to build resilience. It is important to learn these tools and I often use them myself. But if we don't also explore what is really causing us to suffer, this can only ever be putting a sticking plaster over the wound, rather than taking a step forwards on the path towards real healing and awakening. So my yoga sessions vitally include self-enquiry, conversations and questions, as well as doing practice.
Having studied and practiced yoga and meditation for 18 years with extensive periods of silent retreat and intensive personal practice, I can bring a wide range of practices, tools and insight to sessions with individuals and groups. I have also faced, and overcome, many obstacles on the physical, mental/ego and emotional levels and know that, at the times when you feel stuck, lonely or overwhelmed, help from someone else can be invaluable.
I have been teaching yoga for 16 years in London and Devon, and now focus on retreats and working one-on-one to develop tailored, therapeutic practices to heal and rebalance the mind and body. If you are looking for help choosing which of the many practices out there are right for you I can work closely with you to design a customised practice, drawing on my studies and experiences of practically applying neuroscience and western psychology as well as Eastern traditions. I can help those who are navigating the challenges of spiritual emergence, have mentored several individuals through periods of strong kundalini activity and helped others to ground and integrate strong experiences that have occurred during shamanic ceremonial work.
My style of group yoga teaching is breath-centred, mindful, kind, and always responsive to the needs and energy of those present.
Currently my main teachers are Clive Sheridan (Hatha Yoga, pranayama, Tantric and non-dual philosophy and meditation) and Lama Lena Yeshe Tsogyal (Buddhist Dzogchen and Tantric meditation). Other important teachers have included: Ram Chatlani, Bridget Woods-Kramer, Nancy Gilgoff, Abby Daniel, Roberta Giannotti, Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, Burgs, Richard Freeman, Carlos Pomeda and various shamanic teachers from around the world.
Please contact me for a free consultation. I can offer one-to-one sessions in central London and Devon. I am always open to collaborating with others to design retreats, workshops and other initiatives.