I teach Hatha Yoga in Muswell Hill, North London in small, friendly groups. I teach with sensitivity and care for people’s individual needs. My approach is gentle and my aim is to work progressively towards the deeper aspects of yoga.
I have been running classes in Muswell Hill for over 20 years.
I offer classes for different needs: general classes, gentle yoga for people with low energy or physical ailments, and bi-monthly 4 hour workshops for those who would like to deepen their practice. I also teach private classes for one or more people.
Although my initial training was with the British Wheel of Yoga, I have influences from different traditions and styles: Iyengar, Viniyoga, Bihar, Scaravelly.
All my classes include yoga postures (asanas), breathing (pranayama), deep relaxation/yoga nidra (pratyahara) and some aspects of meditation (dhyana).
The asanas that I teach are classical, with warm-ups and modifications.
PROFILE and RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS
My first contact with yoga was in the early 1980’s. I was seeking something to improve my life, I bought a book on yoga and practiced alone for a while. Later I attended classes, these had a profound and beneficial impact so that from then on yoga became an integral part of my life. I began my teacher training in 1987 with Velta Wilson (British Wheel of Yoga) and have taught continuously since 1990.
For many years yoga acted as a means to ground myself and relax. After a while I knew I had a need to know more about other aspects of yoga and studied a module in Pranayama with Philip Xerri.
In 2002 I met Swami Nishchalananda, spiritual director of Mandala Yoga Ashram, a deeply insightful and inspiring teacher. Since then I’ve regularly attended workshops and retreats with him on different yoga aspects including Chakras, Working Through Death, Vigyana Bhairava Tantra and Mantra. There I also undertook a one year Meditation Training Course from the Yogic and Buddhist perspectives, led by him and Michael Cohen.
I’ve also studied a module in ‘Yoga For People Living With Cancer’ with Julie Friedeberger. This course reminded me that gentle yoga can also work very deeply.
For the past 20 years I’ve worked individually and attended group meditations with Hilmar Schönauer who has been the most influential person in my self-development. The work that I have done with him has been extremely valuable in opening my contact with life and so understanding myself better.
I also hold a Diploma in Counselling from AMAP