Olivia Desborough

United Kingdom
Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

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​I have been practising yoga for about 20 years. I began attending weekly classes as a student at university, looking for a way to relax my body and mind, and to deal with the stress of studying and finding my place in the world. That little pocket of time and space became sacred. As I've grown older, I've come to realise that the world is in constant flux and the ground beneath us continually shifting, and so developing awareness and refining our ability to respond well in any given moment - some of the principle aims of my yoga practice - is key to navigating our way through life.

I teach a classical form of yoga that has particular affinity with the work of Vanda Scaravelli and her students. A class lasts 1 hour 30 minutes and includes asana (physical forms), pranayama (breathing practices), relaxation (including yoga nidra) and meditation, with mudra and bandha added over time. My intention is not to impose static forms on to the body, but to instead encourage the emergence of movement and expression from within. I am curious about exploring the pathways in and out of form, using the classical postures as a gateway into deeper explorations. I acknowledge that every person's physical body is different, and believe that great wisdom resides within each of us if we are open to listening. My approach is simple, quiet and reflective, and I draw inspiration from the natural world and the elements.

In 2013 I trained as a Satyananda yoga instructor at Satyanandashram Hellas in Greece, and in 2017 I completed a two-year British Wheel of Yoga accredited teacher training course at Mandala Yoga Ashram in Wales. I have also completed a foundation course in trauma sensitive yoga with Alex Cat in London. I continue to study and explore all aspects of yoga, somatics and movement.


Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

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