Hugh Poulton specialises in combining the Yoga discipline of Ashtanga Yoga and the mental discipline of Mindfulness meditation with more than 30 years’ experience of both disciplines. He is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an S-RYT.
His teachings are of great simplicity. This simplicity applies to the asanas as well as to all the other aspects of Yoga, both on and off the mat. His keys are bandhas and breath as a tool of self-teaching, self-correcting and self-healing. By focusing in this way and using Mindfulness as an integrated component of asana practice, all resistance and difficulty in the postures disappears.
This style of teaching offers a fresh approach to students of all ages and flexibility, whether advanced practitioners or those experiencing Yoga for the first time. It is also suitable for people working with injury or for those working with restrictions in the physical body.
His foundation in self-practice and subsequently teaching was cultivated with Danny Paradise since the early 1990s with his championing of a style of practice that is self-teaching, self-correcting and self-healing. Over the years he has learnt with wide range of teachers, including John Scott, Nancy Gilgoff, David Swenson and David Williams.
He runs a number of weekly Yoga classes and workshops in Oxfordshire for a full spectrum of students who are experienced practitioners through to beginners. He regularly teaches Yoga at the Village Barn detox courses voted “Best detox in Britain 2011” by Tatler Magazine.
Hugh first learned Mindfulness meditation from the monastic Buddhist tradition of Asia more than 30 years ago whilst living and working in Thailand. He has continued to study with Senior Meditation teachers from Thailand, Burma and Sri Lanka on a regular basis ever since. His studies have also included Buddhist philosophy and the emerging discipline of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy under Professor Mark Williams.