Inspiration


My Yoga Inspiration and Recommended Resources

I have read and can recommend the following books and DVDs:

Books:

The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi

An excellent book that leads the reader through a journey to unravel negative breathing patterns to discover their natural breath.

The Yoga Bible by Christina Brown.

A clear and easy guide to yoga postures, excellent as an introduction for beginners.  Features 170 yoga postures, plus explanations of the different types of yoga.

Yogaflows by Mohini Chatlani

Yoga poses sequenced. I found this book really useful when starting my home practice

Yoga the Iyengar Way by Silva Mira & Shyam Metha.

A page for each of the fundamental poses with an annotated photo and practice points and tips. Useful to begin to study the mechanics of each pose in more detail.

Meditation for Dummies by Stephen Bodian

A useful guidebook with clear instructions.  Comes with a CD including guided meditations.  After years of trying to meditate, this was the book that got me properly started.

The Relaxation Response by Herbert Benson, M.D.

Herbert Benson a cardiologist and professor of medicine at Harvard medical school, pioneered the field of mind body medicine in the 1970s.  Benson’s studies led him to identify a natural reflex mechanism that can be triggered by meditation practise, he called this the Relaxation Response.

If, like me, you enjoy finding out about the science associated with the practise of yoga and meditation, this book is for you.

Living in the moment by Anna Black

An easy to read / dip into book, that describes simple mindfulness techniques.

Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

A clear and easy to read book on mindfulness living and meditation practices.

Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom by Rick Hanson

My current favourite, might be a bit technical for some, but if like me you like to know why and how, this is a great book.

DVDs

Yoga 3D, Anna Ashby.

I’m always being asked to recommend DVDs.  I find most DVDs go through the sequences too fast for me to wholly recommend them.  However – although still a little fast – Anna’s DVD comes with a disc that has 3D images of the poses to enhance understanding.   Anna is the teacher who taught me how to teach yoga.  When I last looked on Amazon, this 2 disc DVD was at the bargain price of £4.99 !

Gratitude

I have been very lucky to have been taught yoga by inspirational and amazing teachers.  In alphabetical order I would like to thank:

  • Anna Ashby – Anna taught me how to teach and is the teacher who has most influenced my teaching style.  Her teaching of yoga reflects precise instruction that combines healthy alignment and intelligent sequencing with an appreciation for flowing artful movement. Anna’s approach is methodical and accessible and incorporates the teachings of yoga in a way that is practical and makes sense in modern context.
  • Brian Elliot – one of my first yoga teachers, Brian is an Iyengar yoga teacher who made learning yoga fun.  I often find myself repeating his jokes.
  • Brian Hately – Brian’s classes taught me to pause
  • Carlos Pomeda – combining his traditional monastic studies – 18 years as a monk in the Siddha Yoga lineage, studying Indian Philosophy and immersing himself in yoga under the guidance of Swami Muktananda and Gurumayi Chidvilasananda – with an academic background that includes two Master’s degrees, Carlos’s teaching has the ability to convey the deepest teachings in a way that is clear, meaningful and applicable. Studying with Carlos was a truly delightful and enlightening experience.
  • Chris Swain – Chris taught me anatomy and physiology on the both the teacher training course and the restorative yoga course.  I now realise how little I knew about the body before my yoga training and will be forever grateful for the respect I now have for the human form.
  • Joey Miles – Joey, an inspired Ashtanga Yoga Teacher who trained in Mysore with Sri K Pattabhi Jois (Guruji) and Sharat was the co teacher with Anna on my first yoga teaching training course. I was honoured to be Joey’s assistant for the triyoga teacher training 2011-13.
  • Mohini Chatlani – one of my first yoga teachers and my tutor for the British Wheel of Yoga foundation course.  Mohini encouraged me to deepen my yoga practise and her advice and book with easy to follow sequences, supported and guided me for the first couple of years of my yoga practice.
  • Sheri Greenaway – a teacher with a multitude of experience.  Sheri has travelled the world and worked with some of the most eminent yoga teachers in our time.  I feel very lucky that Sheri is living and teaching locally to me, so I can benefit from her vast experience and precise teaching skills.
  • Susan Barnes – my friend and co-teacher at South East Dance, Susan’s strength inspired me from the first time I saw her practise yoga in 2008.  As someone who had previously categorised myself as physically weak, I am forever grateful to Susan for showing me how strong women can become through yoga.

 

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