Style(s): Ashtanga, Dynamic, Restorative, Yoga Wheel
I began practicing Iyengar yoga in 1990 and have practiced (almost) continuously ever since. After 15 years, however, a chance Ashtanga class changed not only my practice but also the direction of my life. Apprenticeship with Debbie Blunden and teacher training with John Scott followed. In 2017, I travelled to Mysore to study with Sharath Jois. I have also recently completed the academic portion of training as a yoga therapist with The Minded Institute. I remain profoundly grateful to all the teachers who have helped me find my path (particularly Debbie Blunden, Eileen Gauthier, Greg Nardi, David Keil, John Scott, Lucy Crawford-Scott, and Hamish Hendry), who are a constant inspiration – and for the support of my husband and three children, who put up with a lot…!
The Ashtanga system, particularly Mysore self-practice, can be a remarkable tool for self-transformation. In my classes, expect an emphasis on ‘tristhana’ – breath, bandha and focused attention – and a playful approach that both embraces exploration and promotes safe, functional movement patterns. I look forward to welcoming you and sharing the unfolding of your yoga journey. Practice once a week is MUCH better than doing nothing, but change can be slow. Twice a week is maintenance. Three times a week, or more, is where the magic happens…
Assisted self practice Students with experience of Mysore self practice can start any time between 5.45 and 6.15pm. The opening chant is at 6.00pm. Self-practice students who have not finished their closing sequence by 8.00pm are kindly asked to move to the side of the room nearest the entrance, to allow space for the beginners coming in.
Beginners guided Ashtanga is at 8.00-9.15pm. This class is suitable for both complete beginners and those with more yoga experience. We will highlight key asana and provide thoughtful modifications to make the practice accessible to everyone. Good practice for both avoiding and working with injuries is included. This class may also be enjoyed by those returning to yoga after a break, and people who just enjoy a slower, more relaxed class.
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