I came to yoga at 19 to help deal with a profound scoliosis that had progressed undiagnosed for some years and was starting to cause me considerable back pain. I eventually underwent major spinal fusion surgery that, while traumatic and involving a lengthy rehabilitation process, gave me a new lease on life and led to me developing a committed yoga practice and learning deeply about my own wellness and healing process.
I never thought I would teach yoga, especially in my initial years of practice as I worked with some very strong physical limitations. I spent many, many hours doing very basic postures and exercises just to regain a semblance of internal balance and peace. However as the years went on and my practice developed, I continued to gain a lot from yoga, as I started to study further and learn more about the emotional, psychological and spiritual dimensions of this tradition and practice that was transforming me positively from within. I did an intensive teacher training program at the Sivananda ashram in the foothills of the Himalayas, and then upon moving to Barcelona almost 7 years ago began teaching and doing further study to develop my practice, understanding and ability to teach more dynamic vinyasa yoga styles, eventually helping found two studios, Yogaroom Barcelona and more recently Yoga Lab in the Ateneu del Raval.
I now teach a flowing, dynamic form of yoga practice very influenced by the work of a teacher called Simon Borg-Olivier and the Yoga Synergy school, which teaches “traditional yoga for the modern body” – a blend of Indian, Chinese and Tibetan yogas, and Western physiotherapy, aimed at making yoga practice safer and more effective for modern practitioners by recognising that due to lifestyle and conditioning, the bodies of modern urban people are in some ways very different to the bodies that many traditional yoga practices were created for. This has provided a strong framework to integrate my own experience with many different yoga practices, internal martial arts, bodywork modalities, and healing and rehabilitation. I am deeply grateful to all who have been my teachers on this path so far.
Having come from needing such slow, careful development of my body and practice, it makes no sense to me that so many yoga practitioners in the West are now facing degenerative problems in their knees, lower backs and shoulders through repetitive strain and biomechanically inappropriate practices; first and foremost our practice should do no harm, and then the ground is set for the yoga practice to profoundly support, enrich and enliven every level of our being. Understanding the specific needs of modern people and the physiological impacts of different actions can help us achieve this goal.
My classes are aimed at this – creating an internally nourishing practice that is accessible, safe, fluid yet challenging, and energising afterwards. Through mobilizing our spine, learning to work actively in and out of postures, cultivating a relaxed and regenerating state in the body, and focusing the mind, we can guide and support the development of our whole being.