"Joining the Army at a very young age (15), the lifestyle and physical training methods proved to be unsuited to my body (took 14 years to learn and accept that though), with constant injuries and a lack of sufficient recovery causing mounting health and wellbeing issues. Leaving the army to give myself time to recover and repair, I found that the new less active lifestyle was causing it’s own problems, weight issues and loss of strength and endurance. I tried out many different styles of exercise looking for one that would suit me, until finally a friend dragged me kicking and screaming to a Yoga class, swearing that it would help with the back pain caused by sitting in front of computers too much. During that first class starting, the instructor told us to “rest” in downdog, and here was me, with sweat pouring off me, my arms and legs shaking and unable to catch my breath, astounded at the concept of “resting” in this torture position.
Needless to say, I was hooked immediately. For me, this was perfect, an incredibly intense workout with no impact, which was not likely to aggravate any of the niggling injuries I carried. Trying a few different styles, I found that I didn’t like the softer styles, and that I really didn’t like the “hippy” talk from some teachers and styles. I found the right instructors for me, teaching physical classes with a minimum of “hippy”, and I was good to go! Fast forward from that point, and over time I came to the realisation that I was getting more than just a workout.
I had not even considered teaching yoga until I had several different instructors recommend that I do it, and even then it took a while to bite the bullet and go ahead and do it. My first teacher training was a 6 month course with Health and Harmony Colleges (Yoga Teachers Diploma), mentoring with 3 different local instructors whilst doing this, doing 2 classes on most days. Since then I have done teacher trainings with Baron Baptiste (Baptiste Power Yoga Institute, Level 1) and Duncan Peak (Power Living, Level 1, 2 and 3), as well as classes and workshops with fantastic instructors from all around the world (John Friend, Matthew Sweeney, Rodney Yee, Bryan Kest, Steve Ross, the list just keeps going!).
My passion and the focus of my teaching is Power Yoga, but I also practise and teach Yin Yoga, which I find to be an excellent balance to the dynamic Power style.
The Power style I teach is Power Living Yoga, which is derived from a merging of Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga. Ashtanga, smooth flowing vinyasa practise with each new pose held for 5 breaths and Iyengar, precise biomechanical alignments of the body with long holds. The lineage is ironic, the founders of these two styles K. Pattabhi Jois, and B.K.S. Iyengar, both had the same teacher, Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya."