Yoga is a broad church, spanning many styles and belief systems. The approach I am working with at the moment has its roots in a humanistic philosophy. To understand as clearly as one can the rationale for yoga practice, and then to encourage practice with attentive curiosity. So that practice becomes your own, and you grow to be your own teacher.
The anatomy workshops are designed to clarify the principles that underlie asana practice. They attempt to ensure that students will have enough anatomical information to enable them to make intelligent and thoughtful judgements about what is useful practice. They are accompanied with fully illustrated booklets that support the material dealt with in the workshop.
My regular classes are simply about practise, to take the sense of the practice to a more useful level. They are not so much to tell students how to do yoga, but rather to provoke an enquiring attitude to the experience of yoga. There is always room for query and dialogue in these classes. The clarification of themes and ideas in asana practise is important to me.
This book has been very much a work in progress and some of my ideas evolved in the writing of the book, most notably a change from a more structural way of seeing the body to a functional perspective. Structure and anatomy can only get us so far in our understanding of how we embody ourselves read more...