I have been practicing yoga for 17 years and currently teach a small number of classes in Skipton. I strive to teach directly from my own experience and have been doing so for the last 7 years. I’m currently interested in developing my adaptive approach to Ashtanga yoga which can be seen as somewhat rigid when following what is currently understood to be the ‘traditional’ method. I’m also developing my understanding of yoga history and philosophy whilst incorporating hatha yoga and functional movement techniques into my existing practice.
I was first introduced to yoga in 2001 at a local gym. Progress was slow at first and my attendance sporadic, remarkably my desire to learn more persisted and in 2004 I signed up for an Ashtanga beginners course at Union Yoga. I had found a practice that suited me both mentally and physically; at the end of the eight week course the seeds of a lifelong practice had been sown. This was not the ‘big bang’ moment and instant daily practice that lots of students/ teachers seem to experience, it was more of a slow burning process of building my practice and dumping less useful habits/ behaviors in favour of better ones.
Over the next five years my interest in yoga expanded and I benefited greatly from the opportunity to learn from international Ashtanga teachers such as David Swenson, Matthew Sweeney, Anna Forest and Manju Jois. In 2009 I decided to become a yoga teacher and share the benefits of practising yoga. I completed teacher training with Brian Cooper & Union Yoga in 2013 and have continued to work on developing my practice, my teaching and my self ever since.
Since completing my RYT 200, I have completed further training in the ‘Art of Adjusting’ and Thai Massage with Brain Cooper and taken ‘Training for teachers’ with Manju Jois. I attend regular CPD courses with YAP and other teachers and I am currently registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals.