Paul Arnold

Leeds and Clapham (North Yorkshire)
Yorkshire
United Kingdom

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I started teaching exercise, aerobics and meditation in a local gym in 1986 before commencing training in radiography in 1988. A continued interest in anatomy and physiology drove me to specialize in computed tomography and I have been teaching anatomy and medical technology at University level since 1998 - around the same time I rediscovered my love for yoga and meditation.

I like to encourage people of all shapes, size and age to let yoga into their lives and a firm believer that yoga at some level should be accessible to all - and should most importantly be fun!

My favourite classes run with a narrative of the traditional stories behind the asanas and these feed into my fun classes for children, drawing on the animals in yoga asana and linking movements with music, often taking these young clients on an adventure journey across land and sea.

I completed my 200hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Cassie Aitken of Global Yoga (Florida), Mac McHugh of Nyama Yoga (Chicago) and Steve Ross of Maha Yoga (Los Angeles) in 2011 and regularly attend workshops in specialised areas of yoga and massage to expand my knowledge.

I received a Yoga Nidra teaching certificate in 2012 after studying with Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and I am currently studying for an MA in the Traditions of Yoga and Meditation at SOAS, University of London.

A student of Thai Yoga Massage with Kira Balaskas and Amy Ku Redler of the School Of Thai Yoga Massage in London, I received my Practitioner Level certificate in Thai Yoga Massage in April 2014, the award being recognised by and affiliated to the Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine (ICNM) and Thai Healing Alliance International (THAI), insured through Yoga Alliance Professionals.

I have also studied Chavutti Thirummal Indian foot massage under one of the foremost teachers in this ancient tradition, Prabhat Menon who also practises Thai Yoga Massage and Chavutti Thirummal in Mumbai and Kerala and is credited as the first person to return Thai Massage to the country from which it was originally exported. Described in the textbooks as ‘one man, one rope, healing oils and two feet’, this invigorating massage involves the practitioner using his or her feet and has to be experienced, but is not for the feint-hearted.

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