'Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.' - The Bhagavad Gita
My Yoga Journey and Experience
I was introduced to yoga at a young age. When I was eight years old my mother attended a local yoga class (which must have been pretty unusual in the South Wales Valleys in the early 1980s!) and she'd come home and demonstrate the asanas to me and my family. In my teens I devised a daily yoga practice using a fantastic book called The ABC of Yoga by Kareen Zebroff - a fabulous, cat-suit clad woman with a beaming smile. I would practice asana and meditation for 20 minutes every morning before school and in the evening before bed.
Later, at university, I found my first real life teacher and was introduced to the world of yoga beyond the postures and meditation. She talked about The Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. I was studying Philosophy for my degree, so these insights into metaphysics and Jnana yoga appealed to me.
I spent many years after university overseas, travelling and examining the world and in 2005 I made my way to India to take my exploration of yoga deeper. on that trip I spent a month at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala and two weeks at the Osho Meditation Centre in Pune.
A few more years of practice, interspersed with Reiki Master training, a Vipassana 10-day-silent retreat, weeks of volunteering at the Manjushri Buddhist Centre in the Lake District, and yoga teacher training seemed like the right step. In October 2013 I took a month long yoga intensive in Rishikesh with my teacher of several years, Lila Conway (www.yogaprema.org), and successfully completed my 200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training.
Since then I have taught at:
I have also:
* assisted on a month-long yoga teacher training at Satsanga Retreat, Goa
* led yoga sessions for the fabulous ShakeAwake morning rave
* run one-day yoga and writingretreats with Ash Bond of Flying Monkey Yoga
* led specialist sessions for sixth form students at Chew Valley School
* led yoga and meditation sessions for competitors at Poetry By Heart finals competitions
* organised a 108 sun salutations event in Bristol to celebrate International Yoga Day
* organised full-day Urban Yoga Gathering charity events with YogaPrema and Shekin Ashram
I regularly attend workshops and yoga gatherings where I connect with the yoga community and update my own practice. Here are a few that I've attended in recent years:
* Month-long self guided retreat at The Yoga Barn in Ubud, Bali (2016)
* Thai massage workshops with Flying Monkey Yoga, Bristol (2015, 2016)
* AcroYoga course with Flying Monkey Yoga, Bristol (2015)
* Colourfest, Dorset (2014, 2015 & 2016)(I love it!)
* Bliss Beat Festival, Italy (2015)
* BhaktiFest, California (2014)