What is Yoga?
The root of the word yoga is "yuj" which means to yoke, join or unify. Yoga is a systematic science of the body and mind, the practice of which leads to union between the self and the Self, individual consciousness and the universal consciousness. There are many paths one can take to reach this union and the most commonly known form of yoga is Hatha Yoga, or the physical practice of asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing practices) to prepare one for dharana & dhyana (meditation & awareness of higher consciousness), which eventually leads to samadhi where the mind and soul are balanced, still and completely one with the present moment.
My Teaching Style
Someone once attempted to insult me by describing my teaching style as "Cocktail Yoga". I actually found this to be an amusing and apt description of what I teach. I love teaching fun sequences that combine Slow (Vinyasa) Flow Yoga and elements of various other styles of yoga I have studied. I have realised that a slower and more conscious practice can be more inclusive and is generally more beneficial. I believe that the mindful synchronisation of the breath with slow, mindful movement leads to a calm and blissful state of mind and body, and this is what I aim to impart to my students. As no two bodies are the same, I encourage the use of props when required, so that each individual can attain a version of most asanas with stability (stira) and comfort (sukham). I offer options to accommodate different body types and abilities and take care to ensure each student gets to experience the posture in some way. In my Yin Yoga classes students are encouraged to go on an inner journey, focusing on their breath and how to negotiate the sensations that are experienced during the practice. I believe in guiding each student into their own awareness of the practice based on individual capabilities. My wish as a teacher is to instil a sense of familiarity and confidence in the body and breath to be able to connect to one's inner Self, and find transformation, strength, flexibility and peace.