What sort of Yoga do you teach?
In essence, Yoga explores all aspects of human experience – body, breath and mind. My intention is to make the practice of Yoga accessible and appropriate, while respecting this ancient tradition and philosophy.
My inspiration is the teaching of Professor T Krishnamacharya; his son TKV Desikachar, who continued his father’s work in the 20th Century in India; and the tradition of teachers who trained with them. Desikachar described his approach as ‘special application’: not a brand of Yoga but a motivation to modify, adapt and apply ancient techniques appropriately to meet individual needs. Careful design of practices and conscious use of the breath are hallmarks of this tradition of Yoga teachers.
As Desikachar said: ‘It is not enough to jump if you want to reach the sky. Taking an intelligent approach [to yoga practice] means working towards your goal step by step.’
Yoga has developed in many and various ways worldwide over the past 1,500 years. I know from my own experience that, practised carefully and consistently over time with the guidance of a good teacher, it can help significantly to promote physical health and flexibility; mental clarity and peace of mind. For more general information about Yoga, see www.ays.org.uk