Originally from Darlington in the UK, my own personal journey with yoga began 17 years ago and it has played a big part of my general health and well being ever since.
I've done the shift work in the mines, ran my own design business, studied for years, survived a few natural disasters, moved countries several times and currently raising 3 teenagers - and I'm still married to the girl I met whilst backpacking 26 years ago.
I started Yoga at age 35 because of pain, stiffness and injury. I suffered from a bad back from desk work, sore Achilles heels and knees from running and pain in the hands from Karate. That’s how most of the guys in my classes have come to yoga too. It’s a shame that by the time you convince yourself to try it, you REALLY need it! If only we were more proactive and knew that by DOING yoga in the first place would help PREVENT pain and injury. I’m now 52 and feel the healthiest I’ve been in my life.
In the early days of finding yoga, I soon came to realise that along with easing the stiffness and tension in my body, strengthening muscles and increasing my energy, yoga also gave me a chance to slow my body down. As we learn through practising regularly, once the body slows down and we train the breath to slow down - the mind will also follow.
So if you’re a guy who comes home from work buzzing, needing to shut off thoughts and the busy-ness of the day - but don’t know how to, then yoga may just give you the tools that you need.
You see, it’s not about BEING flexible - that’s just a pretty cool result of a regular practice. In a yoga class, you use each pose to create FOCUS. By placing your body in shapes that make you concentrate - like twists and balance poses - you are training your mind to settle on one thing. We typically hold poses for 3-5 breaths, the concentration used with steady breath calms the mind and slows down the thoughts. You could say that the physical practice is actually a moving meditation - which is what brought me to actually enjoy meditation in the first place (because I can’t sit for an hour at a time comfortably meditating).
Not sure how to do yoga?
If you haven’t tried yoga before, then come along to one of my Intro classes or Beginner's courses, both of these will include breathwork and meditation.
I'll guide you through the basics; observe and assist when needed and provide you with an outlet to let off steam, power through sequences and get to know your own body's range of movement, flexibility and strength.
A body free from tension, aches and pains provides the foundation for a clear mind and improved focus - the perfect medicine for today's world.
Class numbers are small, I am able to work around each individual student’s limitations, nothing is ever taken too seriously in class - and we all enjoy a coffee after the morning sessions.
Regular yoga is helping to keep my back injury under control and maintain flexibility and strength, I have been attending twice a week for almost 12 months now and have a notice a massive improvement in my lower back, hips and core strength.