The lineage

I have taught Astanga and Hatha Vinyasa, as well as traditional forms of Hatha yoga, restorative yoga, pranayama and meditation in London since 2002. I consider Sri T Krishnamacharya to be the Father of Modern Postural Yoga. The two main teachers in his lineage are BKS Iyengar and Sri K Pattabhi Jois. I’ve studied both BKS Iyengar methodology and Astanga Vinyasa Yoga. My own practice and teaching style is inspired by these lineages.

I’m interested in the historic roots of traditional Hatha Yoga. I endeavor to teach all 8 limbs of ‘classical’ Astanga in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras on the mat, and integrate ancient wisdom traditions with contemporary psychology in a mindful practice designed to diminish suffering in our lives.

My approach is a deep physical and psychological practice that moves beyond a mere physical experience to make the yogic inquiry authentic and relevant to real life. My idea of an ‘advanced’ practice is to work with more subtle awareness; a movement inwards towards Dharana and the inner limbs of yoga. I aspire to unshakeable equanimity. A true test that the yogic skills are working is if I can remain calm in challenging situations.

What does this feel like? A ‘slow mindful flow’ with an emphasis on breath and alignment techniques, rather than mindless flailing about in space. An embodied movement meditation. Moving towards stillness.

I integrate ancient wisdom traditions with contemporary psychology into a mindful practice designed to diminish suffering in our lives. I aim to reveal the ‘authentic’ spiritual path underlying the practice and the technology to stabilise the mind, shed the veils of Maya perpetuated by the ego, glimpse at our true nature, find purpose and meaning in life, and liberate ourselves from suffering, so we can walk the earth with ease and grace. The ultimate aim of yoga is love, liberation and freedom. Moksha.

“A non-dogmatic approach and true authentic wisdom…”

“I got to look inwards on my yoga journey, and know more what yoga is about. I have full respect for the way Heather teaches – with a non-dogmatic approach and true authentic wisdom. That is really difficult to achieve in the commercial world of yoga. The yoga she taught feels REAL. Consequently, I feel a lot more connected to myself and my own practice and know what I want to teach and how I want to teach.”

– Lexie Tanner

A series of asanas by photographer Coni Horler

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