I started going to yoga classes in my late thirties/early forties but didn’t really get hooked until I was travelling in 2008 and went to an amazing class in Bali. We were on a platform, overlooking lush rice fields, with a gentle breeze all around. Our teacher was a softly spoken man in a sky-blue turban, who lead us through the practice with his voice and smiles of encouragement. I’d never felt so connected to the practice, to the wonderful natural surroundings, to the other students and to the universe. This, I thought, is what yoga is all about.
Back in London, five years later, I took my first 200 hour teacher training with Yoga London. I had fallen in love with yoga and wanted to be able to give people even a little of what I had received, if I could.
By 2016 I had left my job and started teaching full-time, when I went to my first Dharma yoga class. It’s emphasis on connecting to the spiritual heart reminded me of those earlier, pivotal classes from my travels.
Taught by one of the last remaining gurus, Sri Dharma Mittra, Dharma Yoga is a system of classical Hatha-Raja Yoga. A devotional practice that emphasizes good health, a clear mind and a kind heart. The method weaves together many teachings in order to bring all students closer to the goal of Self-Realization (gaining absolute knowledge of the True Self).
In the Autumn of 2018 I took my advanced 500 hour training with Sri Dharma Mittra in New York. I now bring Dharma into all my classes. I love the fact the practice is deeply spiritual, encouraging students to connect to themselves, and experience the practice in a meditative and spiritual way. It is accessible to all, as it meets the student according to their conditions, and helps us to understand that we are all exactly where we are supposed to be.