Welcome to the first edition of the Breathe In Yoga Blog! A combination of musings, news and events.
The beginning of this year brought about a time of transition for me. I had been living at Mandala Yoga Ashram for three years and the time had finally come to travel in a different direction, which I did in December 2015. The ashram had been (and continues to be) a place where you constantly ‘meet yourself’. An ashram is set up precisely this way – it is not necessarily a place of comfort – physical or emotional, but a place where you come closer to yourself as you navigate the human condition, both with yourself and more importantly with your interactions with others.
And so began a new adventure. I was blessed to be able to continue teaching at the ashram, in a different capacity now, as one of the tutors for the Yoga Teacher Training Course. I began teaching several classes in the community (you may be coming to one of them!) At Cellan Millennium Hall, Bryntelch Lodge in Crugybar, teaching elders at various care homes in Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion. I have also been volunteering to teach yoga to the infants and junior school children at Talley School.
My passion for teaching yoga is to bring it to bring people from all walks of life, especially those who wouldn’t normally have access to it. With this in mind I completed the Prison Phoenix Trust’s Teaching in Prisons’ Course, which was excellent. Members of the Trust shared their knowledge and experience and guest speakers brought to life the stories and experiences we were hearing about. The course was inspiring and will hopefully be a future project. I also attended a very special training course in Spain, with Charlotta Martinus, the founder of TeenYoga, with her expansive experience and a heartfelt group of participants – teenagers too, we explored the physiology and psychology of what it means to be a teenager, and how best to bring yoga into their lives.
As the year gradually draws to a close, watch this space for the next update!