I find myself writing this approaching 3 years of running Stonemonkey and teaching Yoga full-time. In total I have been practicing Ashtanga Yoga for 11 years and teaching for 7 years.
My teaching over this time has evolved and I have developed a greater interest in making Ashtanga Yoga accessible to everyone regardless of age or physical limitations and try to teach & inspire people to commit to a regular practice. Observing students over the years, practiced on any level with regularity this system of Yoga has the ability to create positive change for the practitioner on all levels, physically, psychologically & emotionally.
Working with all the inspiring students that attend classes and courses at Stonemonkey has increased my love & inspiration for this practice. Even after 11 years of practice, everyday I still feel the same sense of awe during practice that I felt on the first Ashtanga class with Mark Freeth. I studied with Mark for 7-8yrs with Mark gradually introducing me to teaching over a 5 year period . As Marks teaching drifted towards Vinyasa Krama. My interest & passion still remained with The Ashtanga vinyasa system as taught by the late Sri k Phattabbi Jois which I still continue to practice and teach.
In the last few years I’ve been studying with Manu Rossi of Ashtanga Oxford. Manu has had a huge influence on the way I practice bringing a softness in my approach which has opened up my body in ways I couldn’t have foreseen. In the last few months I’ve been reading Michael Stone’s books which have been inspiring reading confirming in me that the philosophy of Yoga has a place in the modern world. I hope to develop my teaching to include more of the Yogic philosophy and how it can be applied in todays hectic world.
I’d like to thank all the teachers that I have studied with for inspiring me especially Mark, Mike Nevitt & Manu all have played a positive part in bringing me to this moment.
I feel truly privileged to be part of the Stonemonkey Yoga community that continues to grow and evolve.