My name is Russell. I am a highly experienced yoga teacher with a passion for exploring various aspects of yoga.
I am experienced and proficient in the following forms of yoga.
- Physical Yoga (Hatha)
- Yoga in Daily Life (Karma)
- Sound and Words (Mantra)
- Meditation (Raja)
- Various yogic texts full of wisdom and inspiration.
I have been teaching yoga since April 2010 and have been a practitioner since 2004, when I began my personal daily yoga practice.
Students find improvements in physical and emotional well being such as peace, reduced stress, and relaxation. The classes are filled with friendly and inteligent people which adds to a pleasant social experience. As a result those who feel isolated, depressed or lonely can greatly benefit from attending classes. Students can find they become empowered to have more control over the overall wellbeing on all levels in some cases without actively having to do anything.
Feedback from a number of students demonstratee that body aches and pains in many cases reduce or go away entirely after attending a few classes. Stress and anxiety are also elements which are greatly reduced with regular attendance to class. Other aspects such as mental clarity, an improved mental and emotional landscape. People who have expereince with various emotional challenges can find the issues are reduced or even elimnated in some case. For example anger, depression, sadness and other emotions and mentaly troubling thoughts can find an improvement.
General physical fitness, strength and flexibility tends improves over time. As such body confidence improves. Injuries can in som ecases be healed, or some cases the effect of the injury can be lessened.
Yoga helps to regulate hormones, thoughts and emotions. One really important result of this is improved quality of sleep. Many students report they sleep better as a result of attending classes. I have found improvements in the quality of my sleep as a result of regular yoga practice. The foundation of a good nights sleep is a fundamental and central part of healthy living.
I received my yoga teacher training at Mandala Yoga Ashram in Wales, where I gained my accredited Yoga Teaching Diploma with the British Wheel of Yoga. My training included asana, pranayama, meditation, mudras bandhas, yoga nidra, and the study of yogic texts, including the Upanishads and the Yoga Sutras. My particular interests include Karma Yoga, the Bhagavad Gita, and chakras (yoga psychology).
My teachings explore both physical and non-physical aspects of yoga, and I strive to relate the practice to the individual, rather than focusing on the outward appearance of postures. I believe that the underlying principle of yoga is to use postures as a vehicle to connect with the inner self, rather than a destination. I teach regular classes and offer one-on-one instruction.
Experience and Ongoing Training
I have experience with various styles of yoga, including Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyenger, and Yin, and continue to receive training as part of my continuing professional development (CPD). I am currently a teaching member of the British Wheel of Yoga, and my Karma Yoga practice includes my full-time job, housework, and volunteering as a trustee for a charity.
Yoga is for Everyone
Yoga is not just for a select few individuals, but is for all, regardless of age, fitness level, or socioeconomic status. With its infinite resources and potential, it can help us to evolve and grow in physical, mental, and emotional ways. I look forward to sharing the wisdom and tools of the yoga tradition with you.
Yoga “… is a thoroughly practical system which can profoundly help people in both everyday living and in exploring life’s deeper aspects. The techniques used include physical postures, meditative and breathing practices and deep relaxation.” taken from: What is Yoga (Mandala Yoga Ashram Website)
Should you feel that you would benefit from attending classes, please contact me via phone at 07712 610 120 or through the contact form to send an email. Namaste.