I have practised yoga since 1983 and have held a Teaching Diploma from the British Wheel of Yoga since 1992.
I have trained in meditation at Amaravati Monastery and with Maarten Vermaase, senior student of Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. For me, Buddhism is a method of consolidating samadhic states rather than a religion.
Yoga, for me, is anything which extends, develops and refines ones capacity for conscious, creative living. Yoga is therefore about Growing Up as much as it is Waking Up. This is why I trained as a Psychotherapist some 20 years ago. I am now a UKCP Registered Psychotherapist with a supervisory practice. I am endorsed to train psychotherapists to Registration level.
I founded the highly successful Calderdale Yoga Centre in 2009 which runs classes and weekend workshops and which hosts the Yogacampus Teacher Training Program within which I have a small part in teaching the Meditation module on the course.
For me, advanced hatha yoga does not reside in increased gymnastic ability. It is the ability to balance wisdom and compassion when practising asana and pranayama regardless of flexibility. I teach this internal skill to my students on Monday and Thursday morning classes and am currently writing a book which explains how to approach asana from the inside out.