The Heart of Yoga
One of the best things about yoga for me is being able to share the many teachings of yoga and seeing the slow revelations it often brings as it begins to seep into people's bodies and minds. It often starts with a realisation that the body isn't quite as stiff or immobile as it used to be, or there are a few moments of calm or you become less reactive to things that would previously have bothered you. It doesn't mean there aren't still stressful moments, sleepless nights or achey bones at times, but they become fewer and perhaps a little bit easier to deal with.
I teach yoga from many different lineages (Hatha, Yin, Yoga for All) but mostly from the teachings of T.K.V Desikachar, who learnt from his father Krishnamacharya (who lived to over 100 years old - both pictured in image to the right). These teachings were grounded in the fundamental teaching that practices need to be continually adapted to the individual to achieve maximum value. It is often a challenge to teach each individual in line with their exact needs in a group class, but I endeavour in all my teachings to give options, support (whether through props or encouragement or assistance!) and enable students to find their own path within the huge umbrella that is yoga.
Many of you who practice with me on a regular basis will know that I believe yoga to be more than just the postures (otherwise it is no different to an aerobics lesson), but at it's heart is the ability to work with the breath, the nervous system and ultimately the mind, creating space and freedom to be our true selves, both on the mat and off it. This is the heart of yoga.