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There are many definitions of yoga. For me my practice is about the return to the center, the center of my being, a journey of awareness both mental, physical and emotional. It is a practice that combines the physical (asana) with the movement of the breath (pranayama) and meditation. This practice has transformed my life.

I first came across yoga in India in 1988 when I studied Hatha Yoga with Ambu in Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu. Over the years I have studied with many inspirational teachers and explored different systems of yoga. I have been greatly influenced by the heart opening practice of Anusara yoga, the precision of Iyengar, the connection between breath and movement in Astanga Vinyasa Yoga and the deeply restorative benefits of Yin Yoga.

I decided to train as a Yoga Teacher after a skiing accident & knee surgery in 2004. Yoga was a vital part of my recovery process and it was then that I truly appreciated on a much deeper level the profound effects of yoga on the mind, body and spirit.

Today my practice is firmly grounded in the principals of Ansurara Yoga. I remain grateful to this life affirming, heart orientated practice and for the teachers I have studied with over the years in this discipline. For the last five years I have also been studying Iyengar yoga which has taken my practice to new levels and depth of being and studying yoga therapeutics with Ellen Saltonstall and her inspirational Body Mind Ballwork working with releasing fascial tension in the body and learning new ways to open up the body and heal from injuries.

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