Reflections of the heart
So far this season I have met, trained and adjusted over 350 students and
we have certainty found new depth together, however with approximately
460,000 people practicing yoga in the UK alone, there's alot of you I havn't
That's over 10,000 active yoga teachers teaching 30,000 classes a week in
So how do you choose? Which style? Whats the difference? What teacher?
how are they trained? Do I care? which would be best to start with? Will the
class meet my personal needs?, What if it's too hard, too easy, to spiritual or
It all feels like a huge gamble when trying to navigate your way through the
many options and choices out there, all of which can claim to be the 'best'
one in town, the most regulated or most experienced.
What is it that makes a 'good' teacher?
What are the things that stay with you once you've rolled up your mat?
I remember walking into my very first class, I crept through the door hoping
not to be noticed as again I was running late, but the door went on to squeak
so load that the whole class looked round and saw me, with my boyfriends
tracksuit bottoms on and my old camping mat...... I was terrified.
and then something happened..... the teacher looked me in the eyes and
said 'welcome, I am so happy you came'
From that moment I felt as if I had a place, a new family almost a tribe, a
place where I could be me, where friends together tying our self in knots
meant something, even for a short time everything outside in my 'real world'
felt less troublesome.
So for me that very first experience gifted me the trust to continue with my
practice and along the way which now feels sooo very far away from that
first experience has led me through the doors to many many different
teachers, students and experience.
Had I been met with a scowl for being late, from stiff unfriendly yogis judging
my scruffy old camping mat then I may have never gone to that class again
and who knows where I would be today.
So with all my heart, thank you to that first teacher who melted my heart and
taught me ultimately compassion, and with every new student that walks
through my door I remember that moment myself as I look you lovingly in the
eye and say' welcome, I am so happy you came'.
So to all those that I havn't met yet, lets hook up, catch a herbal tea or chat
online. I would love to meet you, share with you and learn about your
journey so far.
And with humility I offer you the following as a way for you to navigate your
experience with me as a teacher and as a fellow yogi:
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Have a beautiful day, get in touch, stay in touch, i'd love to hear from you.
May you be filled with love and kindness
May you be well
May you be peaceful and at ease
May you be happy
With love and