My mission as a yoga teacher is to help students discover and achieve the intimate interplay between body and mind and to guide them on their path to inner tranquillity and better physical health.
My own yoga journey began in 2008 when I took my first Ashtanga Yoga class. Being quite inflexible myself before starting yoga, I was amazed when I saw how all the people in the room were bending their bodies, breathing loudly and focusing so hard on what they were doing. I knew then that practicing yoga was something very special and immediately signed up for a whole month. My journey has continued ever since.
After that first month I traveled to India and explored different styles of yoga and meditation techniques – and it was there that I fell in love with Vinyasa Flow Yoga. Deep breathing while moving through challenging poses helps me to center my mind and keep my body fit and supple.
I felt so moved by this practice that I wanted to share it with others so, in 2011, I embarked on a 200hour teacher training. Not long after this I was offered the opportunity to jump right in at the deep end and began teaching at a Yoga center in Mexico. Since then I’ve shared my knowledge in many different parts of the world.
My own study of yoga and meditation has continued; exploring and learning about different styles and traditions and participating in workshops such as yoga anatomy, assisting/adjusting, partner yoga, Yin/Yang and Thai yoga massage. I have had the benefit of some wonderful teachers including Jason Crandell, Luz Orea, Victor Thiele, Kathryn Budig, Ian Lewis and many others .
Yoga teaches me to be my own witness. It shows me my edges, helps me to accept what is and to work with what I have.
About Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Vinyasa Yoga is a popular form of Hatha Yoga, developed by T. Krishnamacharia.
Vinyasa can be decoded from its root words Nyasa denoting “to place” and vi denoting “in a special way.” It symbolizes a flowing, dynamic form of yoga, where postures are linked together using breath. Focusing on a calm but deep and energizing breath while moving brings harmony into body and mind. An active asana practice strengthens & tones the muscles and, if practiced right, leads to better physical health.
Benefits of a regular Vinyasa practice
- Increases stamina
- Tones & strengthens the body
- Improves flexibility & circulation
- Calms the mind by synchronizing movement & breath
- Removes tension and obstacles in the body to allow breath & energy to flow freely
About Yin Yoga
The essence of Yin yoga is surrender.
Yin Yoga has it’s origins in China, in the Taoist concept of yin and yang (passive-active, feminine-masculine, cold-hot, etc). It is a quiet, meditative yoga style where the postures are held passively for longer periods of time in order to lengthen the connective tissue that surrounds the joints and increase its elasticity. Most postures are practiced seated or laying.
Its practice is an invitation to dive deep inside, a practice of observing, accepting and letting go.
Benefits of a regular Yin Yoga practice
- Improves flexibility & joint mobility
- Reduces stress & anxiety
- Calms and balances body & mind
- Works deeply on the connective tissues (fascia, tendons and ligaments)
- Stimulates the meridians (energy channels) bringing balance to the organs in the body
Yin and Yang complement each other. The combination of these two yoga practices improves energy and fitness while promoting relaxation and well-being.