Yoga is for everyone and every body.
“The success of yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures, but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships.” -TKV Desikachar
Following in the tradition of Desikachar, my approach to teaching yoga is to meet the student wherever the student is at that moment. It’s not a case of the student fitting into a set structure of yoga, but rather that the teacher will find the elements of yoga, be they physical asana practice, pranayama, mantra or whatever, that will benefit the student and work with each person as an individual. In a group class the aim is for each person to have their own experience, using variations of postures that suit them and with their own breath as a guide.
I first tried yoga classes when I was a student at Sheffield University in the early 1990s. The classes took place in the bar of the sports centre. Nobody had a mat and the carpet smelled of stale beer and chips! Despite that it was great for relaxing and countering the stress of an intense university course.
Over the years I’ve tried many different teachers and styles of yoga and for a long time that was as far as it went. Then in 2014 I completed ChillOut Yoga’s Teacher Training program with Brenda Louw, and began teaching.
Since then I have continued to study and teach, I have a Calm for Kids children’s yoga qualification, an Indian Champissage diploma and most recently in 2020 I gained a diploma in Yoga Therapy from the Scottish School of Yoga Therapy (SSYT).
As I teach yoga to many different groups of people – children, teenagers, and adults of all ages and abilities they in turn teach me different things. I have learned for example that yoga does not always have to be quiet and serious! On the other hand I have also learned that youngsters are capable of great relaxation, insight and stillness given the right context.