The great thing about yoga, like life itself, is that it is an experience rather than a theory.
I am passionate about how yoga can be used to enhance our well-being and adapted to everyone's needs, regardless of age or fitness level. Yoga offers great tools for managing everyday life – on and off the mat.
I have been practicing for 25 years and teaching for 10 years. My classes include movement, breath, and postures
I try to capture in my classes that hatha yoga is not an excercise, it is part of a wider ancient discipline of yoga involving breathing technology, mindfulness, meditation and philosophy.
Maxine helps students create heightened awareness of the feel inside the asana (postures)
The mind (awareness) enters the body through the breath allowing the flow of prana (vital energy) inside.
As prana flows, chakras (energy centres) are activated allowing a more efficient performance of asanas.
Moving the body consciously therefore, creates a higher level of fitness and a deeper feeling of well being.
Channelling this flow of prana by taking the body into specific shapes, movements and repetitions and holding poses, the nerve endings (nadis) and neurological pathways are stimulated and cleared.
Students feel an improvement in mental stamina, physical fitness, flexiblity and strength.
Through this mindful training, Mind body coordination and connection are improved with repeated practice.
And you start to experience yoga as both a precise science and an art.
I came to yoga after recovering from serious illness. This enabled me to appreciate what it means to be in good health, both in body and mind. Before dedicating myself to teaching, and setting up MaxineYoga, I worked as a curator in the international contemporary art world and as a producer in documentary television.
A highly qualified teacher, I have more than 25 years of yoga practice and experience.
I was fortunate to first meet my teacher and mentor Sri Tiwari, the head of the Kaivalyadhama Institute, 15 years ago, who has guided me on my path and, I am fortunate to say, still continues to do so. I am also lucky to receive much wisdom, encapsulated through the teachings of Kaivalyadhama, from his son and successor, Sudhir Tiwari.
I originally qualified with the British Wheel, through Simon Low’s teacher training (Triyoga, London). Since then, I continue to follow a journey inspired by Kaivalyadhama Yoga, which includes traditional practice, yoga therapy training and philosophy, using the original yoga texts (Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Gherada Samitha, Hatha Pradipika and the Bhagavad Gita) alongside modern scientific research into the medical benefits of the practices. I have completed the Kaivalyadhama teacher training, and pranayama training certification.
Many other great yoga teachers who I have studied with have inspired me including Tias Little, Donna Farhi and Fausto Dorelli. I certified in pregnancy, postnatal and baby yoga with Franciose Barbira Freedman of Birthlight and Uma Dinsmore-Tuli of Womb Yoga. I also greatly enjoyed and pass on the insights my trainings with Sarah Powers in yin yoga, Mukunda Stiles in structural yoga therapy, and Dr Ananda Balayogi, yogi, medical doctor and head of Gitananda Ashram in Pondicherry, in yoga and yoga therapy – have brought me.
I am grateful to all my teachers for their wisdom and knowledge.
LIFE OFF THE MAT
La dolce vita!
I am married, with a beautiful teenage daughter. I continue to maintain my interests in the international art world. My passions include learning, writing, spending time with family, friends, artists, film, food, travel and having lived in Italy for a number of years, many things Italian.
It is only through the practice of living life consciously that we truly learn. And using our ‘selves’ as our playground in yoga – our mind, breath and our bodies as spaces for reflection –so with that premiss in mind, I tend to think that life does not get any more creative, authentic, or enjoyable than that.