The success of yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our lives and our relationships —TKV Desikachar
My approach to yoga practice and its origins
Over time, some benefits of yoga practice can be a more relaxed body, breathing can become more spacious, the mind becomes less dull or agitated and there can even be a rediscovery of joy. Yoga is not a flight from life but a way to become more present to our lives as they are, and not get lost in dreams of how we might prefer them to be.
When I went for my first yoga class in 1990 with John Rogers in Dublin, I was very pleasantly surprised by how relaxed my body felt afterwards, my breathing was easier, my mind calmer and I felt free of anxieties that had been stressing me before the class. The effect was, of course, temporary but it was an inspirational starting point to a long and rewarding relationship with yoga and regular practice thereafter.
Part of being a yoga teacher means engaging in continuous professional development (CPD) each year. During my CPD, I have enjoyed workshops with Philip Xerri, Tom Mukunda Stiles and, more recently, with Lina Franco, a long time student of the teacher Peter Hersnack, author of The Living Breath.