My Teaching Philosophy
Many of my yoga students, when they first come to me, express their disappointment with some of the yoga lessons they have visited. They find them to be either too much focused on the physical aspect and lacking in real substance and sense of community or, on the other hand, too much focused on the spiritual and mental aspects without much work on the physical level.
In my personal practice and during my lessons I aim towards a balance between strength and relaxation, between action and introspection.
I do not take myself too seriously, since, for me, this practice should be a joy - a discipline yes, but definitely not a dogma.
I would like my students to be able to experience the power of what yoga can offer us and feel at ease with being just who they are: natural, without any need to live up to any ideas of who a yogi 'should' or 'should not' be. This, to me, is a process of allowing time and practice to take effect - a process which we experience both together, and individually in everyday life.
The Styles of Yoga that I teach
I was originally trained in, and was a dedicated practitioner for seven years of Ashtanga Yoga. This form of yoga consists of a series of asanas that follow a specific sequence. The complete practice of one of the Ashtanga series generally lasts about 90 minutes and is physically extremely demanding even for top athletes.
However, over the past years my practice and teaching have developed into a mixture of the structure, wisdom & strength-building found in the Ashtanga Yoga method, with the grace and creativity of Vinyasa Yoga, the exactitude of Iyengar Yoga and the introspection of Yoga de L'Energie.
I now teach my own style of creative vinyasa, hatha, and yin yoga, always guided and influenced by the yoga philosophy.
I am sensitive to the needs of each individual and I feel I have a strength in assesing by the way in which a person practices, what they need most - be it physical, mental or emotional.
Pranyama practice, awareness of breath in poses and somatic awareness are integral to every lesson I teach.
My Yoga Education & Teachers
I first started practicing yoga whilst I was at university in England in 2000, just a bit over eighteen years ago.
I soon found that this strange new practice helped relieve me from the bondage of eating disorders, OCD and exercise addiction.
I was trained and received my teacher’s certificate in 2005 in the Ashtanga lineage of Sri K. Pathabi Jois through my teacher Paul Dallaghan. I practice Iyengar and Yoga de l'energie with Jean Lechim, long-time direct student of the late B.K.S Iyengar.
My most intense learning, since the past few years comes through Jean-Lechim in Lausanne and Michael Hamilton at AirYoga Zurich - I particularly appreciate Michael's non-dogmatic way of teaching, his experience in vipassana meditation, his focus on the subtle and energetic body of yoga, and his knowledge of ancient Buddhist philosophy.
I continue to study yoga texts and the spiritual arts and take part regularly in meditation, pranayama and philosophy workshops.
I am very interested in personal development rooted in the depths of self-discovery!