Originally a Secondary School Art and Outdoor Education Teacher, I went on to study for the Devon School of Yoga Teaching Diploma and established a number of classes in Gloucestershire. At this time, I had the fortune to meet Jenny Bullough, a senior Viniyoga teacher who became my personal Yoga teacher and who inspired me to embark on Paul Harvey’s CYS (Centre for Yoga Studies) Training Programme.
What I love about this tradition, and what prompted me back in 2001 to sign up for the six year commitment, is that it is such an intelligent approach to Yoga. Linking breath with movement, the journey in and out of postures as important as the form itself, creates a moving meditation where the mind is encouraged into the present. The body gains strength and mobility as many muscles are engaged in moving the body slowly, mindfully and with the breath. At the heart of it’s teaching lies Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, which although compiled over 2000 years ago, remains the authoritative instruction manual for Yoga study and practice.
A gymnast as a child and competitive runner until not so long ago, I considered myself to be pretty fit, but in Yoga I was looking for more than just a workout. I wanted something that would help define my life. Apart from helping to remedy my many and varied sports injuries from the old days, Yoga has given me a healthier perspective on life. As my teacher Paul says, ‘ Yoga allows you to do what you want to do in life … only better”. I very much enjoy passing this gift onto my students.
Classes Thursdays mornings 11.00 – 12.15 Much Birch Community Hall (near Hereford).
Thursdays early evening 6.15 – 7.30 Ross-on-Wye – The Ryefield Centre.