Simon Saunders

Nice
France

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I discovered yoga in the early '90s, when, as a body-conscious twenty-something, I took class to stretch out after step workouts (remember them?) and weight-training.

Following a long tour of Asia from 2002-3, I returned to the UK and, during an intensive weight-training session in 2004, tore my shoulder rotator cuff. This forced me to to rethink my exercise regime and look for a solution to a potentially chronic injury.

Instinctually and from my studies in Asia, I knew that yoga would both give me a safer way of maintaining strength and might help heal the shoulder injury. Both turned out to be true.

For years I practiced Vinyasa, Hatha and Dharma Mittra in London; and in Nice discovered Bikram and Iyengar Yoga, choosing classes and methods according to my mood and my body's needs.

In 2011 I took a 200hr Hatha Yoga and Ayurveda TTC at Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, where I had the great privilege of studying under Indu Sharma and Sadhvi Abha Saraswati.

I continued my personal practice and in 2014 completed a further 200hr Vinyasa TTC with Jafar Alexander and Maryam Ovissi at Art Yoga Nice, where they teach an annual yoga immersion course.

My practice and training has given me the great honour of working with some of the most talented practitioners and inspiring teachers, and I'm inspired by them to share my knowledge with other practitioners. I'm particularly interested in working with people who are new to yoga and those looking to deepen their practice from beginner to intermediate level.

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