Elli

I came across Yoga in a book shop, just under 20 years ago. Despite having little idea at the time of what Yoga was, I felt drawn to the cover of the book and decided to give it a try, in spite of my naturally inflexible body. The improvement in my posture and mood were immediate, and thus began my journey along the path of Yoga. Since then I have practised at home and with teachers from many different Yoga traditions, and have benefited so much from it physically and most of all mentally and emotionally - most notably gaining freedom from chronic asthma, respiratory problems and depression. I believe that Yoga transcends cultures and that as a highly adaptable holistic system, it can be tailored to the needs and belief system of whoever chooses to practice it.

Having experienced such remarkable benefits from my own practice, it naturally became my vocation to share the practice of Yoga with others and guide them towards a healthier, more peaceful life. I am certified to Yoga Alliance UK standards (RYT500) having followed a foundational course in Hatha Yoga (200h) and an advanced course in Vinyasa Flow (300h), both delivered in India by a team of highly competent teachers, themselves educated in the traditional gurukulam system. In addition to this I have studied Children's Yoga with Christiane Kerr (Calm for Kids); Yoga Nidra with experts in the field Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Nirlipta Tuli and Ben Wolff; Awareness Meditation with Dr. ALV Kumar's Traditional Yoga; and sound healing with Anne Malone. I am also a certified Yoga Therapist, having studied at the Yoga Vidya Gurukul in Maharashtra, India under the eminent Dr Vishwas Mandlik and his team of doctors and senior therapists.

Drawing as much on my personal experience as on my extensive studies, my classes reflect my belief in our connection with the natural world and my interest in the human mind. Practices are seasonal: slower and more meditative during the colder months and more energetic when we come out of hibernation in spring. The integration of mindfulness and breath control make for a complete mind and body experience.

Namaste.