Originally from Cyprus, the sun was always there to tell me that there is something more than what we see on the surface. In order to see the truth I needed to dive in deeper every day, bit by bit, and this is what I am still trying to achieve everyday with the guidance of practice.
The traditional method of Ashtanga was always there, and us, as seekers need to find our path towards it and earn its benefits through dedication and kindness. After graduating from University as a Biologist I always knew that the microcosm of the science was not there to serve directly, but rather to help us, human beings. This drove me to come here to Sheffield.
I completed my 200 Hour Ashtanga-Vinyasa training from Sampoorna School in Goa, my KPJAYI (Authorised Ashtanga Yoga Teacher from the Institute Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore). Yoga is guides me towards higher levels in many aspects of life, both physically, emotionally and psychologically with only one variable always constant, the Practice. Self-study in the theory of the practice and continued education are just as important as the physical one, thus I enhance my knowledge daily through various readings, workshops and my current CPD training in the Ashtanga Method.
My daily reminder is to continue as a student myself, it gives me the honour, strength and experience to guide my students through a rather physical demanding practice. Yes, it requires strength, flexibility, endurance and muscle awareness but these are not the most important aspects of it. Above all, it requires kindness towards ourselves on a daily basis, eagerness to learn, patience to give the time needed to each posture to develop and a joyful heart to enjoy the physical practice. All these will eventually have just one outcome. A calm mind.
I am thankful to be able to guide all levels of students from the very early steps until a full development of the Primary Series of Ashtanga Yoga and share my little knowledge and wisdom you all.
As I continue to learn every day, is my promise to share these learnings with all of the practitioners and learn from them as well. My primary aim and biggest priority is to create a safe and nurturing space for us all, that will provide an accessible level of practice for all followers of the traditional method of Ashtanga and maintain a lifelong peace.
Above all, I remind myself daily that this is a breath working practice after all.