I started yoga around 1991 and the effect was immediate. Whilst I had always been fairly active and fit, my body was tight, tense and misaligned and the yoga postures proved to be an ideal framework to start to address this. What took me by surprise though was that through releasing tension and resistances in my body, I was left feeling centered and calm in a new way. I had studied yoga philosophy in my BA Humanities degree out of intellectual curiosity, but it took getting on a yoga mat for me to realise that while reading the books helps, yoga is primarily a practical discipline and exploration.
I became interested in Thai massage when I was training as a yoga teacher. My first Thai massage in Thailand was an amazing experience; my aches and pains were completely dissolved, my body felt light as a feather and whilst the massage was physically quite powerful it was also deeply calming and centering like no other massage I had had before. Thai massage has some working principles allied with yoga; this was clear to me from the beginning and inspired me to go on and learn the discipline. While studying Thai massage I discovered reflexology which had a surprising and beneficial effect on many levels. Work on feet is an essential aspect of both yoga and Thai massage so reflexology became a natural additional interest.
My initial teacher training from 1995 was in London and Brighton with Vanda Scaravelli inspired yoga teachers - Mary Stewart, Sophie Hoare, John Stirk and Peter Blackaby. Since then I have explored hatha yoga with a diverse range of teachers including Desikachar, Donna Farhi, Dona Holleman and Shiva Rea.
I also spent several years attending two silent insight meditation retreats a year at Gaia House in Devon and completed a meditation course written by Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg from the USA and guided by Catherine McGee from Gaia House.
I would also have to say that I learn much from my students through their questions and responses to my teaching.
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