I have been practicing Ashtanga (Vinyasa) Yoga since 2010. I fell in love with Ashtanga yoga after my first ever class.
I have started to teach yoga as I want to share this beautiful practice with interested individuals. in my experience, it’s a truly wonderful practice and it can help open the door to your inner self, helping you find some space in your mind and heart.
In 2015, I travelled to Bali, Indonesia to undertake a one month intensive teacher training course with renowned and inspiring yoga teachers Gregor Maehle and Monica Gauci (www.chintamaniyoga.com). My greatest teacher however has been my own yoga practice.
I’m grateful to many other great teachers who have helped me on this path mainly the beautiful Mo Still and Sarah Hatcher whom I consider my primary teachers.
I am also fascinated by anatomy and I am keen to learn more about how our bodies move and function so I can help those who come to practice with me find more comfort in their bodies by using yoga postures as a healing aid (almost like a self massage).
Ultimately yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory (as said by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, founding teacher of this yoga method); you’ve got to experience it to know what benefits it may offer you.
Those aches and pains from sitting for too long at a desk or perhaps doing heavy lifting or any type of physical labour (house work counts too!) will soon start to melt with a regular yoga practice. You may not even need that physio appointment when you start to practice regularly (minimum once per week, ideally 2/3 times a week and if you practice most days gets you a gold star). Ashtanga Yoga Vinyasa builds both strength and flexibility and I promise it’s not boring. It’s a truly wonderful practice which comes with many benefits including:
- increases energy/reduces fatigue
- relieves stress
- relieves physical muscle tension
- releases natural wastes, such as carbon dioxide
- gives the internal organs a gentle massage
- increases the oxygene to all cells
- strengthens the lungs
- slows the hearth rate (that’s a good thing the slower your breathe, the longer you get to enjoy living)
- lowers blood pressure
- increases blood flow to muscles
- boost creativity
- better concentration/focus
You may find some of your own benefits too which aren’t listed above as yoga is ultimately a personal experience/practice.
8 weeks to a more stronger, flexible and happier you – backed by research
A University of London study shows that just 8 weeks of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga has significant effects on a practitioners physical and mental health. Charlie Taylor-Rugman, a Pattabhi Jois-Authorised Ashtanga teacher, gathered a sample group of complete beginners and taught them the Ashtanga Primary Series once a week for 8 weeks. Each week students were guided through Sun Salutations, standing postures, then Dandasana, Paschimottanasana and Purvottanasana (Sanskrit names for the postures) and three seated finishing poses and final relaxation. After 8 weeks participants demonstrated significant improvements in upper body and core endurance; trunk and hamstring flexibility; shoulder flexibility and ankle-calf flexibility, as well as a reduction in total body fat percentage. Results also suggested beneficial effects on subjects mental well-being.
My teaching manifesto
I promise to teach you:
- In a safe, yet fun way
- To motivate and encourage you
- Use all the tools in my yoga (and life) box I’ve acquired so far to help you find ease in your body and mind
- And lastly, but most importantly teach you in a REAL way, adapting my teaching style to meet you where you are and encouraging you to EXPLORE and get CURIOUS about your own body. You know it best after all.
I hope to meet you on the yoga mat sometime soon!