I chose the name “NamaMonYoga” as it seemed appropriate. A chance encounter with a wonderful yoga teacher, Corbin Stacy, founder of NamaStacyYoga has not only led to a wonderful friendship but also sponsorship of my own Yoga Teacher Training through the non profit NamaStacy Foundation. It resonated as ‘Namasté’ in Hinduism signifies giving up ego and bowing to the divine light or the teaching of others. It is something I am striving for both on and off the yoga mat. It is no coincidence that both Corbin and I met at an important cross roads in our lives whilst on retreat at Vikasa Yoga in Koh Samui, Thailand. Vikasa is where I went on to complete my 200 RYT Yoga Teacher Training in September 2017 – https://vikasayoga.com/. The meaning of “Vikasa” is evolution or spiritual growth as, translated from Sanskrit. Today my practice mirrors the Vikasa Hatha Yoga method.
In 2018 I delved deeper into my own practice by undertaking a 200 hour meditation training with Be Your Spirit. This has led to some extraordinary personal self realisations, a clearer, stronger and more focused mind as well as a calmer spirit. In July 2018 I returned to Koh Samui, Thailand to complete a 7 day silent “vipasssana” meditation retreat. The technique was meditation with breathe awareness which is also the focus during my teaching yoga practice. Vipassana in Sanskrit means emptiness. The central tenant is that an empty mind leads to a release of suffering and reveals the true nature of all around us. The mind is therefore like a storm, when it abates so the true nature of all living things is made clear. The silent meditation retreat was a huge personal challenge owing to the difficulty of 16 hour days spent in walking or seated meditation but ultimately this was also a wonderful transformative experience. Dipabhāvan Meditation Center – Koh Samui – Thailand, Transformational Meditation Teacher Training
I chose the lotus as the symbol for NamaMonYoga as it grows typically in mud at the bottom of swamps, streams and ponds. It then despite its origin – transforms into the most beautiful flower. For me the lotus, represents purity, growth and overcoming obstacles. During my time at a wonderful detox, yoga and healing retreat in Phuket, Thailand, called Atsumi Healing, the lotus flower could be found growing on the lake surrounding the central yoga sala. Typically in the morning the lotus would be tightly closed, then as the sun came out, it unfurled magnificently. The image resonated with my own journey, expanding into the light and choosing to grow beyond its own humble foundations.
Today I work as a transformational Yoga and Meditation teacher. I am known for my hands on style that embodies physical, spiritual, and mental strength. Since I started yoga, many friends have commented that I am a different person, more focused, loving, grateful and kind. The physical transformation has also been a direct side effect. As I shed 14kg of body weight so I let go of other things such as fear, envy and attachment to things and people who were no longer healthy for me. Where I have simply let go, I have noticed an almost abundant feeling of constant joy and gratitude. It is a constant process of striving to apply the ‘yamas’ (things not to do) and ‘niyamas’ (things to do) as laid out in the first two limbs of Patanjali’s eightfold path. This path is like a map written to guide the student on life’s journey. I can see by my own physical, emotional and spiritual transformation that it is a path that just feels right.
Huge thanks to Rtwo Tho Hui Lee of www.ispirit.asia for some of the stunning pictures on this site as well as my fellow students and teachers from Vikasa (Alicia, Kosta, Craig, Jason, Mikey and Alissa). I feel I am connected to you for life and will keep paying it forward! Finally special thanks to Lucy Jackson, Ascot based yoga teacher who’s classes I have attended and who has believed and encouraged me from the start!
See you on the mat!
Top benefits of regular yoga practice and mindfulness include:
- Weight Loss by regulating hormone balances
- Calming the nervous system by strengthening the relaxation response
- Improved flexibility and mental agility
- Improving respiratory system through regular breathing practice and increased lung capacity
- Lowering the impact of degenerative diseases (glucose, Cholesterol) and lowering blood pressure
- Boosting feeling of clarity, motivation and self realisation
- Greater inner peace and happiness
- Improved concentration and focus
- Less stress and anxiety
- Relieving Pain
FRIDAY EVENINGS, WINDSOR 6pm – 7:30pm
I am a regular Hot Yoga Teacher at Windsor Leisure Centre, every Friday from 6pm – 7:30pm. A 90 minute Hatha Yoga class including breath, mindfulness and posture practice. This class will offer relaxation and restoration. Do book in advance as this class does get oversubscribed-
Clewer Mead, Stovell Road, Windsor, SL4 5JB
Phone: 01753 778577
DAY RETREAT – RETURNING IN 2020
A day of yoga, mindfulness, wellness and nutrition!
£125 per day only!!