I have been exploring yoga (in all of its guises) for over 30 years or so, and I have been helping people to experience the benefits and the joys of yoga for about 10 years.
Originally trained in and currently teaching hatha yoga, I came to this via Iyengar and Bihar yoga. In recent years I have been guided by the work of Krishnamacharya, and taught by Mr Desikachar and his student Paul Harvey.
I am a student of Tibetan yoga, practices I came to through my exploration and practice of Dzogchen. I learned Tibetan yoga through the work of Rinpoche Chogyal Namkai Norbu, and directly through his Senior Instructors, Fabio Andrico and Laura Evangelisti in Italy, and John Renshaw in London.
I like to think that I bring a pragmatic, down to earth and practical approach to yoga, combined with a heartfelt and wisdom-seeking love of the spiritual life. My philosophical ground is in yoga, stoic and buddhist philosophy; all of which are relevant and powerful counterpoints to modern day life, and living.
This means that while I am trained to teach yoga, I like to draw on a number of traditions, techniques, and methods.
I see yoga as a complete practice, but I also enjoy movement because movement is what we are designed for. So I love dancing, calisthenics, swimming, cycling and walking.
A compelling practice that I do, having received training from him, is the Wim Hof Method. Wim Hof brings together four elements of my practice in a complete package – breathing, exercise, yoga and cold water immersion. Alongside this I continue to explore other methods such as the Butyeko method, popularised by Patrick McKeown in The Oxygen Advantage, and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) exercise as developed by David Berceli.
You may have guessed, but I love knowledge and am always open to new insights into how we can be happier and healthier. While intuition and instinct guide me, I find that practice rooted in science and evidence is helpful in keeping me and others grounded.