Anusara Elements Yoga Teacher
The first time I took a yoga class I was very cross and impatient! I had a shoulder injury and yoga was
the only “exercise” I could do. I was frustrated at my body for being injured and letting me down. I
resented HAVING to do a yoga class to get some exercise – I thought I would be laying down doing
nothing. I certainly didn’t think that years later I’d be teaching it!
During that first class I found that yoga was actually quite challenging, and, more importantly, I
found a few seconds where my mind just stopped…It was quite an amazing experience. My inner
voice – that voice that tells me that “I can’t” or “I’m not enough” was for once quiet…
Despite this revelation, I still felt I had to punish my body to stay “fit and healthy” and focused solely
on the physical postures in my yoga classes, wanting to create picture perfect poses – like those yoga pictures on Instagram.
I neglected to take the time to really feel the pose and see the value of the breath work and savasana thinking they were a waste of time – I was a busy person, I had things to do and I couldn’t just be lying around!
When I discovered Anusara yoga my practice really transformed. I learnt that yoga isn’t about performing the perfect pose – but instead about being ok with my mind and body, and how it is in this moment.
I took a long time to get past my ego and understand that yoga is not only about the physical practice, it is much more than that.
I learnt that each time I take 5 minutes to relax, breathe, meditate I am calming my whole nervous system and I am literarily re-shaping my brain!
Over the years, as I developed my practice I began to see subtle differences in the way I live my life, the choices I make, how I interact with others, I found my stress tolerance improved.
Don’t get me wrong, I still have those car moments when I’m shouting at other drivers. My kids (and husband!) can still drive me to distraction from time to time (even though I love them dearly!). But my yoga practice helps me to step back, take some breaths find some calm and remind myself that I’ve got this thing called life – even in the tough times.
This is why I wanted to become a teacher, to
be able to share with you how a regular yoga practice can make you start feeling;
feel physically freer
to help you cope with life's stress and strains
and to share with you that ability to just be..
I qualified as a hatha yoga teacher with Ace Pittapan and then after discovering Anusara I retrained with a further 200 hours training to qualify as an Anusara Elements Yoga Teacher with Sarah Powell.
Having decided to specialise in Anusara yoga I have since attended advanced training with other certified Anusara Yoga Teachers and will continue to grow and learn as both a student and as a teacher.
Some of these trainings include;
Anatomy - Advanced Anatomy and Kinesiology - Adam Ballenger
Anatomy - Functional Anatomy Applied to Yoga - Julia Pearring
Anusara Teaching Techniques - Universal Principles of Alignment - Chaya Spencer
Anusara Teaching Techniques - Teaching with a Theme - Chaya Spencer
Anusara Teaching Techniques - Teaching with a Theme - Sarah Powell
Mediation - Jayendra Hanley & Karen Sprute
Sequencing - Rachel Dewan
Tantric Philosophy - The Recognition Sutras - Jayendra Hanley & Karen Sprute
Pranayama - Rachel Dewan