I teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, lead Teacher Training courses, retreats and workshops in London and around the world and host the Lonely Guru podcast discussing Yoga with prominent figures in the Yoga community.
I have been interested in the extraordinary since my early teens. I was fortunate enough to have the courage to go for my life at a young age. Early on my travels as a teenager I encountered the Dharma and that is what my life has been about ever since. I teach a full schedule of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga classes in London, offer Teacher Training courses twice a year, teach monthly meditation classes and, together with my partner Veronika, support Lucid Living an organisation for awakening, enlightenment and life.
Teaching Ashtanga Yoga
I love the Ashtanga practice. It has become a huge part of my life and what I have to share with others. I have been teaching and practicing Yoga since 1995. When I first encountered Ashtanga I felt an instant connection, a rush of excitement, and I knew this was what I was looking for. It was a yoga system that could challenge me on many levels. I loved the grace and power that Ashtanga exhibited, the feeling of utter exhaustion at the end of practice accompanied with the bliss of a quiet mind.
My skill and style as a teacher comes from a devotion to and confidence in the effectiveness of the Ashtanga system as well as a willingness to let the ideas of the practice go and allow the moment to decide what is appropriate. I am well-known for my hands-on adjustments, with an intuitive understanding of how the body moves and a real talent at getting you into those postures you never thought you would be able to do on your own. I continue to be inspired to practice the Ashtanga system as far as it will take me.
My intuition with this practice has always been to remain my own teacher. I am primarily self-taught by studying books and videos, proficient at Primary, Intermediate, Advanced A and B. I have always practiced yoga with lots of determination, attempting to discover the limits of what is possible. At the same time when my body or mind say “I’ve had enough today,” I have always been willing to be gentle with myself. In this way, yoga remains a joyous activity, forever challenging and always supportive of long term growth.
After mastering, to a large degree, the physical side of the Ashtanga practice I began to realize that what I was looking for in the asanas was not to be found there. What I was looking for, from the moment I heard about it, was Enlightenment. I have been totally consumed with Enlightenment, consciousness, waking up, human potential, human development from the beginning of my spiritual journey. It has been and continues to be the driving force of my life. Along side of this passion has been the deep desire to engage with people about the deepest truths of our existence.
The yoga practice is a great medium for beginning this exploration. This is the underlying joy that accompanies all of my classes and hopefully is transmitted in what I have to offer you.
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