Jason (Monday Ashtanga 5pm-6.30pm)
“I started yoga quite randomly in 2005, on a trip to Buenos Aries, and on returning to Leeds I started to practise it regularly by attending classes at the Yoga Space. One of my initial role models was David Swenson, who I was lucky enough to subsequently study with; he is still a great source of inspiration and because of this I was drawn to Ashtanga Yoga. Although I enjoy all types of yoga, I am still drawn to the grace of this unique style of yoga, combining flexibility and strength with a still, quiet mind. Almost 8 years later I find myself practising it most days.
I have had the privilege to study with such great teachers as Manju Jois, David Williams, Matthew Sweeney, Joanne and Mark Darby and Bryan Kest; and in 2010 I spent 6 months in India. I studied in the city of Mysore at the Ashtanga Yoga Institute, and also completed a training course at the Yoga Vidya Gurukuil University in Nashik. My current teachers in the UK are Nichi Green and Joey Miles and my teaching, like theirs, is mostly based on the Ashtanga tradition. I feel that Yoga should be both challenging and fun, so it would be great to see you at one of my classes. ”
“I came to yoga in 1999 to improve flexibility as part of my early dance training. I immediately took to the practice and yoga became an integrated part of my daily morning routine when I started my professional dance training in 2002. Yoga was always a part of my life from then onwards. Since 2009 I have had a regular practice with Joey Miles in Leeds.
I have done intensive yoga training with John Scott, Richard Freeman and Danny Paradise and been taught and inspired by Sharath and Manju Jois. I am certified to teach by Independent Yoga Network.
What I enjoy about Ashtanga yoga is the combination of challenging postures merged with the constant flow of breath and movement. My teaching style is rooted in my dance training and revolves around alignment and moving with breath. My classes are vigorous but with time to explore details and ask questions. It’s all done in a light-hearted and playful manner: yoga should be challenging but fun.”
Anushiye (Wednesday Morning 10.30am-12.00 room 4)
Anushiye began practicing yoga in 1999 with Mary Madhavi, a teacher with an in-depth yet eclectic and diverse approach to Yoga, from the Sivananda, Bihar and Hatha traditions. The approach works through the physical, emotional and spiritual bodies whilst being practical and down to earth. In the beginning Anushiye was just in sheer delight at the magical transformation of the practice- energetically and emotionally. From this time she practised daily whether for a few moments or a few hours- depending on life’s circumstances.
She later studied with Swami Rudra in Rishikesh, a disciple of Iyengar, and learnt Ashtanga Vinyasa. Her practice and her teaching continue to be deeply influenced by her time with Bill Wood in Devon, a Scaravelli teacher.