Yoga from the heart
Anahata is the name for the heart chakra, the energy centre where love, compassion and peace reside in the body, ready to radiate out to the world.
Life is full of contrasts. Light and dark, outer and inner, yin and yang. For a balanced existence we need to process a blend of contrasting energies. Each individual can find their perfect blend in the practice of Yoga.
The style of yoga most often practised in the west is ‘Hatha Yoga’. In Sanskrit, the ancient language of yoga, Ha means sun and Tha means moon. The Sun is our active, outward energy, the Moon our inner, reflective nature. If we balance these energies, and practise our yoga from the heart, with sincerity, we can bring love, compassion and peace to our everyday lives.
Anahata Yoga aims to combine strength, flexibility, calm and relaxation through a blend of yoga practices; asana (postures) from different yoga styles, with pranayama (breath work), mantra (chant), meditation and relaxation techniques. The practice is given in the spirit of Anahata chakra, from a heartfelt place, to enable you to experience its qualities of joy, contentment and peace.
Practicing yoga helps you to achieve the perfect balance: a healthy body, a calm mind and a peaceful soul.
About me …
I have been involved in yoga and attended classes of different types and styles throughout my life, having been introduced to Richard Hittleman’s books and TV programmes at a very early age (3!). I became a BWY qualified teacher in 2010, and had the privilege of learning to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with David Swenson in London shortly after. I am a Yoga Alliance Professional Senior Teacher.
I constantly work to integrate my yoga practice into my life; this means not just practicing asana (postures), but following the teachings of yoga with regard to how we live in the world and how we treat ourselves and others.
My students constantly provide me with amazing new insights and inspiration. I have experienced study in several methods of yoga, including Jivamukti and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Although I very much enjoy the strong physical practices these methods encompass, I also teach and practice other methods such as Hatha, Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga.
One of my main motivations for teaching yoga is to pass on to others the many benefits of a yoga practice, and to enable them to incorporate its gifts into everyday life. I believe that yoga teaches us how to interact more positively within our personal relationships and communities by first allowing us to get in touch with our true selves. I aim to teach in a way which makes yoga an enjoyable experience; life is for living, having fun, and that goes for yoga class too! Yoga teaches us how to be in the moment in order to take full advantage of every joyful experience we encounter, and also to help us cope with the challenges life brings.