I started practicing Ashtanga vinyasa yoga about ten years ago in Warwickshire, on my mother’s advice (who was an Ashtanga practitioner) as a way to avoid an operation for two perforated discs in my lower back that had bugged me for a number of years. She said "There is a good Ashtanga teacher in town, go check him out." I finally took her advice, although initially I found Ashtanga difficult, thankfully I persevered and now I never look back.
My teacher Mark Freath (who at the time was a great Ashtanga teacher, he is now freestyle yoga project ) inspired me to practice and to keep practicing, which gave me a very solid foundation for my Ashtanga self-practice. After a number of years going to his class in Stratford-upon-Avon. I was inspired to take his teacher training course in Ashtanga primary series to further my knowledge and to develop my daily practice. I have now gained over 600 contact hrs with Mark and recently took a First Aid course with one of Marks Freestyle yoga project TT.
I had not thought of teaching until I was asked to cover another teacher's class. I loved it, but wanted to know more about yoga as a whole, as I only had a primary series knowledge, so I took another teacher training course in Sun Power Yoga (200 hrs Yoga Aliance Reps,YMCA) with Ann Marie Newland. She taught me the krama side of yoga sequencing, which is based on the Ashtanga and Sivananda methods.
I then decided that I loved Ashtanga primary series so much that I needed to get refreshed on it, just to make sure I was practicing and teaching correctly, and so in 2010 I took the David Swenson teacher training in London. I really liked the course and the man. It was a great experience, and it has inspired me to take my yoga practice, learning and teaching further.
I have also done a 40 hour second series course with Richard Freeman and also had the opportunity to work with such names as Lino Miele, John Scott, Danny Paradise, Brian Cooper. All of which have been very inspiring.
I hope to see you on the mat and give you the tools to love it as i do. All the best and have a goodone.