About me – longer version!

I’ve been practising yoga for just over 10 years and I am a 200hr Yoga Alliance Certified yoga teacher, training under the amazing Erin Prichard at The Power Yoga Company in London. My classes link dynamic movements and poses to the breath and will build strength and flexibility whilst quietening the mind. I will also throw some yoga philosophy in! The classes can be challenging but I will always offer variations and welcome anyone to the mat. I teach group classes in Tooting and I am always interested to hear from people looking for 1-2-1 classes or just to connect with fellow yogis and yoginis, so feel free to email me!

I first started my yoga practice with Hatha Yoga and have since done Hatha Flow, Iyengar and spent 6 months in India for research (see below) where I did Ashtanga Vinyasa. After this strong and energising style I returned to London looking for something similar and now practice, teach and love Vinyasa and Power yoga classes for the varied sequencing, the strength that they build and the moving meditation through the focus on linking breath to movement. I also really enjoy going to a slower, more restorative class at times and believe there is a lot of power in slowing things down, especially in the busy city.

One of my favourite (and a well used/known) quotes in yoga is Pattabhi Jois’s “Practice, practice and all is coming”. In The Heart of Yoga by Desikachar (recommended reading) he defines yoga as “achieving what was previously unattainable”. Both these quotes resonate with me and feed into my yoga and teaching philosophy. If you had told me 10 years ago I would be doing some of the poses I do now (or teaching yoga!) I would have thought it impossible. As an ‘academic type’ I wasn’t that connected to, or concerned with body and always thought I was quite flexible but ‘wasn’t strong’. Yoga has completely changed this and I love the strength I am building, the connection I now have between body and mind, and an appreciation for the importance of this connection. Most importantly yoga is teaching me to be present and content with the now but know that with dedication and practice things can also change.

I am currently finishing a PhD in Geography, which looked at biofuel production in India. On my research trips to India I discovered my true passion lay in yoga and photography and so I am replacing the books for the mat and the camera. However, I see my passion for yoga and my PhD as very much linked; I am interested and concerned in human-environment relations and how to live better lives, however that might look, and I see my yoga practice and teaching being supported by science, research, critical thinking and lots of reading.

When I’m not on the mat I enjoy a run on Tooting Common, I love a good book and a great coffee, I love to travel, to be outside and all things photography and India related.

I hope to see you on the mat.

I take pictures with my iPhone here @r_enderby