I was born in Jersey and my childhood was FAR less exciting than Manju’s.
The first time I visited India was over 25 years ago when as part of my undergraduate studies (BA in Asian Religions and Philosophies), I took a module called “Understanding The Indian Mind” at an Indian seminary! Although I practiced yoga in Jersey for many, many years (with Caroline Hart who has now sadly retired from teaching), I did not qualify as a yoga teacher until five years ago in 2015, this is a picture of me on the banks of the River Ganga when I graduated from “yoga school”. I am registered as a 200hr RYT and part way through qualifying as a 500hr RYT.
In recent years, I have been more and more drawn to Yoga Nidra (breath work and meditation) which is often described as the “meditative heart of yoga”. Between 2015 and 2019 I took five teacher trainings (including 2 advanced trainings) specifically in Yoga Nidra. I am so very grateful to have had the time and opportunity to understand the full depths of this practice. My intention now is to offer several community classes (Macmillan classes started in January 2020, if you know of anyone eligible to access their services please ask them to contact them directly to book a place) and also private classes and short courses (please see timetable).
Perhaps because of my university studies when I was fortunate enough to study with leading academics, (often 1:1 as back then hardly anyone was interested in these subjects), or maybe because I am a bit of a coach potato at heart, the philosophy of yoga always interested me more than asanas (yoga poses) and since graduating all those years ago, I have taken many other courses in yoga philosophy. My challenge for 2020 is to learn Sanskrit to gain a better understanding of the original yogic texts and as I am not a natural linguistic this will likely prove to be a VERY BIG challenge!