The Viniyoga of Yoga.
My Yoga teaching is wholly inspired by the work of the eminent T Krishnamacharya. Much of the Yoga that we see in the West now will have originated with this man. Legendary figures such as PKB Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois studied with him in their early years, but it was his son and pupil TKV Desikachar, who was to receive and pass on the true essence of the Yoga of Krishnamacharya.
At the heart of his father’s teaching was the belief that each student should be taught according to her or his personal capacity. Respect for the uniqueness of individual bodies, minds and purpose 'the Viniyoga of Yoga' remains the hallmark of this tradition. There is no perfect posture, no set practice ... because we are all so different.
My teacher, Paul Harvey, studied under TKV Desikachar for over 25 years. In 1981, Paul founded the Centre for Yoga Studies (cYs) in Bristol to enable him to pass on his vast knowledge and experience through the teacher training programme. I feel extremely privileged to have been one of Paul’s students, to be part of this lineage and to be able to offer Personal Yoga that bears this mark of authenticity.
I have lived Ayurveda for many years thanks to Paul's keen interest and emphasis within the Yoga studies programme. I have since qualified in Ayurveda Therapy through Sadhana Mala (Dave Charlton and Ranju Roy), learning from Ann Johnson who in turn studied with Vaidya Atreya Smith. With this additional set of tools I feel that I am even better placed now to practice the art of Viniyoga in an authentic, down to earth, and effective way that ensures my students receive tuition that really meets their needs.
"Combining breath with movement encourages the mind into the present".
When you come to me for personal Yoga your practice will be tailor made for you. It will suit your current situation well. But what sort of Yoga can you expect to be doing?
Whilst Viniyoga is not a style, it does have some distinctive hallmarks. It is breath centred and utilises slow conscious
movements. When these elements are combined, physical exercise can be transformed into a moving meditation.
Moving slowly and precisely also allows many more muscles to come into play. When movements are taken quickly with little thought, it is often the big 'plank' muscles that instinctively become engaged. This can cause discomfort and even injury over time. A slower, more conscious movement can allow for healthier movement habits to form, not just within your practice but as you go about your daily life.
Yoga combines the physical mobility and strength of the body with the nurturing and development of our emotional health and wellbeing. It starts from where you are and takes you on a journey of transformation. From the very first movement of your practice as you consciously raise your arms whilst surrounding it in one long breath ... you feel better. By the end of your practice, there can be significant change. Over time, with disciplined practice, Yoga has the power to completely transform how we feel in ourselves and how we function in the world.
T Krishnamacharya. 1888 - 1989
The father of viniyoga in practice.
Yoga ... surgery without tools
"The ability to work within ourselves on our own structural and