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 ‘the viniyoga of Yoga’: not a brand of Yoga but a motivation to modify, adapt and apply ancient techniques appropriately to meet individual needs (vi+ niyoga – meaning ‘special application’). 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.