"We always think that we are the seeker but the deeper mystery is that we are called"
I have come to yoga from a body oriented psychology background, having been particularly inspired by the Jungian approach to psyche - soma relationship. The works of the Canadian Jungian therapist and body workshop leader Marion Woodman had a huge impact on my understanding of the body- soul relationship and on my decision to start combining yoga with my ongoing painting, dream-work and active imagination practice.
Regular practice in classes and in my own home space soon proved yoga to be an invaluably creative tool for self-exploration and personal transformation. As a result of its pivotal positive impact in my own life, I decided to take the journey further to share this experience with others and train as a yoga teacher myself.
In 2013, I completed my studies at Amrita School of Yoga with Nigel Gilderson in Hatha Yoga (with elements of Vinyasa Flow and with input from traditions such as Tai Chi, Qi gong and similar energy practices) and began teaching straight away in various settings.
I structure my classes with two primary objectives in mind, namely, of establishing a deep connection between breath, intention and movement and of creating balance in the body through developing strength and flexibility.
My teaching style combines breath synchronized hatha postures in a flowing sequence with various mindfulness and breathing techniques to help develop the capacity to understand different sensations in our bodies so that we can move with awareness and intelligence instead of undue effort and force.
I consider yoga as a natural continuation of my investigation into the mysteries of life and human condition and am inspired to maintain an open approach and to draw upon the world’s spiritual traditions as well as from literature and from symbolic systems such as astrology. Patanjali’s Sutras along with the I Ching; writings of Dominican Meister Eckhart and of Jung and Jungian writers; the letters and poems of Rilke as well as some Sufi literature by Attar and Rumi are some of the invaluable texts I refer to on regular basis for insight and understanding – and also for support in remaining genuine and inquisitive in my practice and teaching.
I offer deep gratitude to everyone with whom I have been sharing this journey. Many heartfelt thanks to Elif Clarke for introducing me to yoga; to Maurizio Marmorato whose creative approach to yoga inspired me to look for my own authentic relationship to it; and to my Amrita teacher training tutor Nigel Gilderson for the most compassionate learning experience of my life....
"What you seek is seeking you"