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MINDFUL awareness

Inspiration and Style
John Stirk was my first yoga teacher, an Osteopath and Yoga Teacher who introduced me to The Scaravelli Method. This wonderful approach is gentle and sensitive and connects us to the wave of breath moving through our spine and the acceptance of gravity through our lower body. It is about creating softness and space and not sacrificing the body for the glory of the pose. This philosophy combined with John’s anatomical background helped me to re-balance certain body issues and injuries I was suffering with at the time and was a major influence in my decision to become a yoga teacher.

Erich Shiffman who wrote the book ‘Moving into Stillness’ with his unique style of inner listening, feeling the energy, being in the moment and developing a creative practice, led me to do a teacher training programme with him in Los Angeles. Erich’s philosophy is reflected in my own teaching where I encourage each individual through the practice of the above elements to make the practice their own.

The gentle practices of the Bihar School of yoga led me to the practice of YOGA NIDRA and I joined Swami Pragyamurti’s training programme at the Satyananda School. Yoga Nidra is a guided relaxation technique which induces a state of deep relaxation and helps bring about positive change in our lives.

Mindfulness is the thread which runs through all the practices. I have been inspired by the teachings of Thich Naht Hahn for many years and continue to learn and develop from these teachings especially Mindful Breathing practices as a way of managing to live better with pain and stress.

 

Teaching and training
I have been teaching and practising Mindful Yoga and Bodywork/Massage in North London for 20 years. My formal training was with the British Wheel of Yoga where I gained my teachers’ diploma but I have trained with and taken inspiration from many teachers and styles over the years. The main influences are John Stirk, Scaravelli, Erich Shiffman, Bihar School of Yoga and Buddhist Mindfulness and Breathing practices.

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