I've been practicing yoga for over 13 years and am a fully qualified Satyamvidya Holistic Yoga Teacher, Therapist and Causal Healer. I spent over 4 years studying with Lisehanne Webster at the Satyamvidya Integral Yoga Centre in Somerset.
What started as personal development work, led to so much more, and I feel enormously fortunate to be doing what I love! I consider my role as a teacher of this material an immense honour, and will never tire of watching people gradually blossom through their yoga practice. Many of my students have been attending my classes since I first began teaching in 2006, becoming lifelong friends - this is the joy of the work that I do.
I also offer 1:1 Yoga Therapy sessions, which create a safe space to go much deeper into your practice. It’s a wonderful healing and therapeutic journey to embark upon when the time is right, as it allows for a deep release of emotional and physical pain, so that you can live your life to its fullest potential.
Maria Grima SIY HYT, Th & CH Cert.
A bit about Yoga and the style that I teach:
Yoga is an immensely rich and highly complex spiritual tradition, with a history that is thought to span over 5 thousand years. Though it may seem to be shrouded in mysterious and complicated practices, yoga is in fact a very practical tool which we can all benefit from in everyday life.
The name "Soulistic Yoga" came from my desire to reflect the nature of the yoga that I teach, which is a very holistic approach to wellbeing that encompasses all our layers of consciousness, for we are not just physical beings.
The actual system of yoga taught in my sessions is "Satyamvidya Integral Yoga", which is a holistic and therapeutic yoga, based on the 5 layers off consciousness called the Pancha Koshas: the body, breath, mind, soul and spirit.
The name "Satyamvidya" in Sanskrit breaks down into 3 separate words:
It is an adaptation of Purna Yoga (the total Yoga), which is an Integral Yoga that embraces the many paths of Yoga, such as an understanding and amalgamation of Bhakti, Karma, Raja, Hatha, Svara, Tantra and Jnana Yogas.
Satyamvidya Integral Yoga is a gentle and very nurturing form of yoga where students are encouraged to respect their bodies and not to push and pull themselves excessively, as the body will grow more supple and flexible over time. It is a lesson in patience, as we live in a world where instant results are often demanded of us, so we in turn come to demand too much of ourselves.
In Satyamvidya, we use the breath to move into and within a posture. We look not so much for advanced techniques, but more towards advancing in the techniques. All techniques are practiced slowly to encourage full attention and awareness. We synchronise breathing whenever possible, and let the breath "do the work".
Yoga gives us the space to reconnect to who we really are and what we really want, because during our practice, we learn to listen to our inner voice once again and connect in to our highest truth. It helps us to build a new way of life and a new way of being, over time. The wonderful thing about Yoga is that when you become confident and competent with certain gentle postures, breathing and relaxation techniques, you can practice yourself at home, thereby becoming empowered to make a real difference to your own health and wellbeing.
Satyamvidya helps us to develop sympathy and consideration, patience, tolerance and compassion for ourselves and others, as well as acceptance and understanding of where we are at, in order to progress. You are encouraged to let go of expectations and always enjoy your practice with non attachment.