The yoga that I teach is based upon harmonics. All postures make distinctive shapes. When the body fully relaxes into a posture, it resonates at the frequency of that shape.
The 'posture' can be something as simple as standing with the weight equally placed on both feet, favouring neither one side of the pelvis nor the other. When the arms hang naturally and the upper torso rises and falls freely with the breath, there's plenty of effortless power beneath the head. The neck muscles supporting the head become part of a team. They relax. If you focus upon the rhythm of your breath while simply standing like this you'll be amazed out how strong, still and peaceful you feel.
When you change the shape of your body you're altering the relationship between its parts. Bend an arm at the elbow, for example, and it's no longer the length of the whole arm, hand and fingers in relation to the spine, but all those parts at different angles to each other, yet still in relation to the spine. Bend the longest finger to meet the tip of the thumb and a completely different note is struck. If all these different ratios were translated into sound, they would be recognisably musical. The asana in yoga, the true posture, whichever one it is, is a perfect harmonic of the fundamental tone of the body.
When I make some of the sounds present in the harmonics of a posture, it helps the body to fall in with that frequency. For many people my voice makes it easier to feel, and therefore to become, the nature of a posture. Doing a posture is not yoga. Offering yourself through your body to the frequency/sound/essential note of the posture, is yoga. Yoga is about wholeness. If you start with you telling your body what to do, you've already struck a fundamental note of separation.
It's the breath that links mind and body. So all yoga practice, even at its simplest, uses the breath to invite the mind to listen to the body and to work in partnership. This is unfamiliar to most beginners. Habits must change. Fortunately the sounds that I make are so unusual or unexpected that there's no habitual response. For a brief moment or two someone will get the chance to experience themselves just as they are, unpatterned by habit. So begins the delicious exploration of certainty, self-knowledge and endless opportunity all growing from your own physical reality.
I teach in small classes with no more than eight people present. This is sufficiently intimate for self-consciousness to fade and for self-confidence to grow.
There are regular two-hour classes in London on Thursday evenings and Friday and Saturday mornings. Each class has two or three places available to people on a "drop-in" list. Anyone can join this list by first attending an INTRODUCTORY MASTERCLASS or after a PRIVATE LESSON.
Introductory classes take place in London and are suitable for complete beginners as well as those wanting to dip a toe into the deep, still yoga that I teach. Two-hour introductory masterclasses are for a maximum of six people and cost £25. See the News section for latest class dates >
Sometimes people come for a private lesson or to an introductory class just to broaden their experience, perhaps to gain perspective in their search for a teacher or class closer to home.
Private Lessons can be one and a half or two hours long. They usually take place at my home in north-west London. Contact me >
Five-day yoga retreats are held periodically in the serene privacy of a Marrakech riad. The yoga takes place in one of the courtyards, thick rugs laid on cool tiles, rose petals in the fountain, birds singing among the orange trees. Wonderful architecture that reflects the proportions of the human body. Contact me > if you would like details of the next Marrakech retreat.