I began yoga with my mum at 17, in 1997. It has been a way of grounding, healing and developing a richer interiority ever since. I started teaching as an Anusara Yoga Teacher under the mentorship of Bridget Woods-Kramer in 2005. I first went to India with my family at 16 and I have returned many times to travel and study. I lived in an ashram for the winter of 2007 in Haridwar to study chanting and philosophy. In 2008, I began a daily Ashtanga Vinyasa practice. I studied and teacher trained with John Scott as an Ashtanga Teacher. In 2016 I sought out a female teacher and studied a 3 year Mysore apprenticeship with (and am currently learning fourth series from) Sarah Durney Hatcher. Whilst I have sought to move away from the strict power dynamics in lineage-based yoga systems – these teachers shared their rich insights with me kindly and generously, and for that I am grateful. I find regular chanting, pranayama, restoratives and meditation practice (and a lot of chocolate) help to balance the dynamism of my current practice.
My extensive training in the two yoga styles inform my teaching; though the history of both have been marred by the behaviour of their founders, many of the practices have offered me great solace throughout my adult life and it is this healing potential I attempt to share. I teach Ashtanga Vinyasa in the assisted self practice (Mysore) method without dogma. I believe in adapting the practice to each person’s individual constitution and life in order to make it accessible and maintainable. I have a student centred, compassionate approach that offers students choice and voice regarding their evolving practice. I also still enjoy teaching vinyasa and restorative classes. These are themed and sequenced around specific biomechanical alignment principles to help students to practice intelligently and pain free. Philosophy, pranayama and meditation are woven into the fabric of every class. I am a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals.
I have had the joy to study with many of the Ashtanga Yoga teachers who went to KPJAYI in the early days of Mysore, including most often John Scott, but also Manju Jois, Nancy Gilgoff, Richard Freeman, David Swenson, and Dena Kinsberg. Two of the teachers (also from the early days) who have touched me most have been Rolf Naujokat and Kathy Cooper – if only they were not so far away.
I met John Scott in 2008 in New Zealand and this changed my yoga practice and teaching life completely. I became a daily Mysore practitioner and under John’s instruction learnt the Primary, Intermediate and Advanced A Series of Ashtanga Yoga. I also teacher trained with John and apprenticed in his Mysore room. I have gone on to assist him when he visits the UK. I owe my Ashtanga practice to him.
Find the nomadic John Scott somewhere in the world, his whereabouts are updated here: https://johnscottyoga.com/
I moved to Edinburgh to practice with Sarah Hatcher; I had been looking for a female teacher and expected her to be older, but you know your teacher when you meet them. I practised in her room at Meadowlark for three years from early 2017 to the end of 2019. I also assisted her for two years. I began (and pray I will finish) the fourth series of Ashtanga Yoga with her. My practice has changed in subtle as well as gross ways under her keen eye, words of courage and confidence, technical instruction and adjustments. Sarah is an inspiration as a practitioner and as a teacher. She has now moved to Dublin, Ireland and I will be visiting her there.
Find Sarah in Ireland or on one of her retreats. For info about Sarah visit: https://www.sarahhatcheryoga.com/
I met Bridget in my early twenties and – whilst I had studied with other wonderful Iyengar and Hatha Teachers before, it was Bridget who really stoked the fire in my heart. Bridget is an Anusara Teacher and through her I learnt to offer themed Vinyasa Classes with a sensitive eye for detailed alignment. She teaches with wonderful humour, deep wisdom and great generosity. I still advise all my Vinyasa and Power students to seek her out if they are in London. She will always be my first true teacher and I love her and her classes very much.
Find Bridget at Triyoga London, http://www.bridgetwoodskramer.com/