International Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Author and Yoga_Mentor
In keeping with current conditions, I've moved most of my teaching online. Although I miss the give and take of energy that takes place when students and I am sitting in the same room. People tend to be more reserved when speaking into a computer, and ask fewer questions – perhaps that will change as we get more used to doing it.
On the positive side, teaching online has widened my demographics. Wherever you are in the world, I can now invite you to share the experience I’ve gained from practising and teaching yoga and meditation for more than 40 years.
My background is that I worked with the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres for 26 years and directed centres in New York, Toronto, London, New Delhi and the Himalayas. Now I'm a free-lance yogi, based in London and travel frequently (pre-lockdown) to teach. I also write books on various aspects of yoga that otherwise don’t receive much attention (click here to explore my books).
In addition to having spent time in the Himalayas, focusing on my personal practice, I hold an MA in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation from SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London. Until recently, I organised pilgrimages to India; I plan to return to doing this when we are able to travel freely again.
I hope you will be in touch if you are interested in deepening your own practice, feel you need some personal mentoring and/or would like to find ways of living a more yogic lifestyle.
With best wishes
Some preliminary suggestions for enhancing your yoga experience:
- See your body and mind as a laboratory. Through your own practice, test what you have heard in classes and read in books.
- Never stop practising - this is perhaps the most grievous mistake that many yoga teachers make. Be careful to not get so caught up in teaching and giving to your students that you forget the importance of recharging you own energy.
- Become a living embodiment of your teaching.
- PRACTISE - PRACTISE - and then PRACTISE some more. A good teacher always teaches from her own direct personal experience!
- Book onto my advanced courses for yoga teachers
In addition to writing books and keeping up my own blog, I also contribute articles for Elephant Journal and Watkins Publishing.
Here I am pictured with my teacher Swami Vishnu-devananda; he was the founder of the International Yoga Vedanta Centre and was known for his efforts to promote world peace as well as inner peace.