Yoga is a light, which once lit will never dim. The better you practice, the brighter the flame” – B.K.S.Iyengar-
Once upon a time, I was sitting at a desk in an office in West London, working 10+ hours every single day, stressed, unhappy, exhausted, dreading the possibility that I was stuck in that kind of life style for the rest of my days. Upon returning from a life-changing trip to Peru in April 2015, where I first came into contact with plant medicine, I decided to quit my job, go to Thailand and complete a Yoga Teacher Training. Even in my wildest dreams I would never imagine where these clumsy, somewhat impulsive first steps were to take me. My original plan was to go back to London after the training and see how things would work out for me. Cue to 2021, I am a citizen of the world. I live on a paradise island in Thailand , where I have been teaching yoga for the last 6 years. I have travelled to India to deepen my Yoga practice and knowledge and have met wonderful teachers on the way. I have run retreats and workshops in Malaysia, Portugal, Switzerland, Holland and Hungary. I have taught in studios, parks, offices, resorts, you name it. I have led many Yoga Teacher Trainings and keep learning every time I step on my mat. I have never regretted my decision to leave everything behind to dedicate my life to what I discovered to be my true calling.
I am qualified to teach Vinyasa Flow, Alignment and Yin Yoga and my teaching style is very down-to-earth, grounding, with special attention to breathing, body awareness and mindfulness during the practice.
My current main personal practice is Ashtanga Yoga, through which I have been experiencing incredible inner and outer transformation. My flow classes are heavily influenced by the structure and philosophy of this wonderful method and I have studied with amazing KPJYI Authorised teachers.
During my first trip to India to deepen my yoga studies, almost by accident I came across a course in Advaita Vedanta, which is more than just a philosophical path or theory, but a incredible practical tool that can be used from the most mundane to the most profound questionings our souls encounter. It has changed the way I see myself and the universe around (and within) me and it has helped me immensely in diminishing my suffering.
In 2020, as the world stopped and most plans had to be put on hold, I decided to take a break from teaching and learn a completely different movement modality. I ended up spending 5 months in Pai, a small town in the North of Thailand, practicing Kung Fu and Qi Gong at the wonderful Nam Yang Kung Fu Retreat. Immersing myself 5 hours a day, 5 days a week in this practice, I have developed a deeper awareness of energy, flow and balance that has since profoundly transformed my yoga practice and teaching. I have been working on integrating these two systems as I believe both promote tremendous benefits in physical, mental and emotional health, not to mention the connection with a higher level of consciousness that permeates these practices.
Besides being a Yoga teacher and martial arts practitioner, I am also a Reiki Master . Combining these three practices have been life-changing for me and I strive to incorporate the key aspects of each of them not only in my practice and teachings, but also in daily life.
Qualifications and courses:
- 200 Hours Hatha Vinyasa Teacher Training: Samma Karuna – Koh Phangan, Thailand
- 300 Hours Higher Yoga Teacher Training: Higher Yoga Academy – Koh Phangan, Thailand (in progress)
- Reiki 1 and 2: Reiki Academy London – London, UK
- Reiki Master: Taryn Walker – Koh Phangan, Thailand
- Ashtanga Yoga with Iyengar Alignment: Mika Swarz – Koh Phangan, Thailand
- Yoga Therapy and Alignment: Oren Dotan – Koh Phangan, Thailand
- Advaita Vedanta – Synthesis of three Vedanta texts: The Bhagavad Gita, Panchadasi and Narada Bhakti Sutras (The Yoga of Love): James Swartz – Tiruvannamalai, India
- Ashtanga Mysore Practice:
I teach and practice different styles of yoga. I did my training in Hatha/Vinyasa flow and subsequently studied Yoga Alignment more in depth. My personal practice used to be Ashtanga Mysore and I’ve been studying with great teachers for the past 4 years. To balance the intensity of this style, I incorporated Yin Yoga to my practice and saw great benefits. Currently, I have been exploring seemingly opposing ways of practicing: functional movement exploration, influenced by martial arts and dance, which suits the Vinyasa style really well, and deep stillness in breath work and meditation. I believe both have their places in my daily routine and benefit each other, bringing a needed balance to my practice and teachings.
The most important aspect for me is the connection between breath and movement (essentially one of the translations of the Sanskrit word “Vinyasa”) and the awareness of the effects of the practice in the body, mind and emotions. This is taught from the beginning, as the benefits of the Yoga practice will come fully by the integration of movement (Asana), breath (Pranayama) and concentration/mindfulness (Pratyahara/Dhyana).
Yoga is in essence a very inclusive practice and is for everyone, regardless of gender, weight, age or background. My approach is that it is a practice to be enjoyed, understood and followed with commitment yet lightheartedness. It is a beacon of light to help us navigate our daily challenges towards a healthier, more balanced life, physically, mentally and emotionally, until eventually we unveil our true nature, that is infinite awareness, whole and complete. Each person will take what they need from the practice. In my classes, nothing is imposed as absolute truth. Instead, each individual is encouraged to reflect and see for themselves how the teachings will impact (or not) in their own truth and take what they need.
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