After 15 years of yoga practice, I was introduced to the yoga tradition of TKV Desikachar (whose father/teacher, T Krishnamacharya also taught Mr BK Iyengar).  Deciding to share this approach with others, I undertook a 2-year/500-hour (Sadhana Mala/AYS – Association for Yoga Studies) yoga teacher training course for teaching group classes. The teacher training programme, led by Ranju Roy and Dave Charlton ,  included the skills to teach asana (posture work) safely and effectively, the study of Indian philosophy (including Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra – the heart text of this tradition), study of anatomy and physiology and the study of pranayama (directing our energy through working with the breath).
A further 2-year/500 hour course in yoga therapy led to my offering individual yoga therapy. This qualification is approved by the CNHC (Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council) which was set up by the Department of Health to register complementary health practitioners who meet a high standard of good practice.
My training has provided me with an exceptionally thorough grounding in the safe practice of yoga and I was particularly drawn to this approach, introduced to the West by TKV Desikachar with its emphasis on matching the practice to the individual’s situation.
In addition to offering individual yoga therapy, I teach small group classes in Lewes – both general classes and chair-supported classes. I have a particular interest in working with people who (for whatever reason) are no longer able to get up and down easily from the floor and for whom a modified, often chair-supported, practice with a mix of standing and seated practice, can enable them to access yoga.
I regularly attend training courses to continue to broaden my knowledge of working with specific conditions including further courses on yoga for Parkinsons and age-related conditions as well as lower back problems and menopause-related conditions in women.

In this tradition, we focus on the breath as our fundamental support,  finding a sense of spaciousness and freedom of body and mind which comes as welcome relief from the fast pace of modern life. The practice becomes a ‘moving meditation’.
As well as the more obvious physical benefits of building and maintaining our strength and flexibility and improving the quality of our breath, our practice can bring us towards that inner stability we all seek,  offering us a support when dealing with life’s obstacles and allowing us to be more open to the joy of life.

 

 

The website name comes from an ongoing project to build a cabin for individual and small group practice in yoga and meditation,  up on the hillside in the garden behind my house with its sweeping views over Lewes and the South Downs National Park.