Such a lovely class from Miriam this morning at Lake View Yoga via Zoom-having the choice to visit the studio or live stream Hatha classes is perfect for me. Today’s class explored side bends & twists which was perfect after a more sedentary week..I loved it. Lou x
How did you come to yoga?
I actually started yoga back in my early 20’s. As a full time athlete preparing for the 1984 Olympics I needed to find something to release the body from the strains of training. Back then it was the norm to over-train. When the body is faced with such extremes, injuries are frequent. My yoga was all based on a single book, many pictures and very few words. Somehow life got more complex when I returned to working full time and my practise fell to the wayside.
When did you qualify & where?
Although I completed my first 200hr teacher training in 2013 with YogaWorks, which just happens to be the oldest yoga school in America. I took a second teacher training with Katy Appleton at “Appleyoga”, she was the teacher in the Geri Yoga video and it became something of a quest to train with the teacher that enabled everything that had come since my tentative steps back to a life without pain.
Recently I’ve completed a 500hr Yoga Sports Science teacher qualification and can now call myself a Yoga Teacher and Yoga Sports Coach.
How would you describe your classes, what can people expect?
I try to keep my classes simple and accessible, but strong at the same time. I like to mix things up week by week, focusing on either a body part or small sequence. Theres definatly a sense of a beginning, middle and end to my classes. I try to make the classes have a nice flow, so that everyone can keep up. My Wednesday night Hot Core Yoga class is pretty intense, but again follows a principle of keeping the movements technically simple. Having a bit of fun in the class is important to me, life can be tough and we can be even tougher on ourselves, so a smile, laugh and wobble gives a moment to relax.
You teach a lot of one-to-ones, what are they all about?
Sports yoga coaching on a 1-2-1 basis is slightly different as it looks towards a specific goal, which could be performance driven, dealing with recovery / prevention of injury or looking into sports psychology. Sports Yoga can also be used as a cross training session. Working with the athlete and coach, a bio-mechanical assessment is taken to create a baseline and then a 10 week intervention is created specifically to match the identified goals. Results are measured and reviewed at the end of the intervention to discuss and plan how yoga can then be introduced into the athletes regular training cycle. Told you it was a bit different!
What most excites you about your work & the contribution you make at Crawley Yoga?
I’m passionate about building a strong core and balance, in both a physical and metaphysical sense. Just as we need be careful about trying a new physical posture, learning to listen to our bodies, there is a time and a place to look within ourselves, to try and work out who we are. I think we know instinctively when that time comes. I hope that in some small way I can help people fall in love with Yoga, move a little easier, feel a little calmer.
What do you get up to when you’re not teaching at Crawley Yoga?
I love cooking and eating is even better, I’m a chocoholic at heart. Coffee drinker, occasional red meat eater and enjoy the odd dark rum and coke. Big time anti-smoker. Now my daughter is all grown up, my Sunday afternoons are best spent sitting in front of the television watching Formula 1. Add to that the Six Nations and Wimbledon and you have a happy chap. If I lived on a beach somewhere warm I’d play beachball as much as possible.