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
COLNBROOK VILLAGE HALL BASED SATURDAY MORNING CLASSES.
These are drop in classes, no need to book in advance.
Colnbrook Hatha Yoga and Minfulness Classes will only run 10am-11am on:
21st & 28th April,
9th & 16th June and
21st & 28th July.
Colnbrook Village Hall, Vicarage way, Slough, SL3 ORF
Price for one class – £8
SWEATY BETTY, WINDSOR – STARTING SUNDAY APRIL 7th
Classes will run from 09:30 – 10:30 every Sunday. Classes are free but you must register online to access the free class, call 01753 842450 to book your class.
NamaMon returns to teach a second teaching rotation at Sweaty Betty on Sunday 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th August, and the 2nd and 9th of September.
DAY RETREAT – WEDNESDAY 19th JULY 2018
A day of yoga, mindfulness, wellness and nutrition!
Early bird till 31st May 2018 – £99 only!
Vayia Nafees, Be Your Spirit, Meditation Teacher
“I had attended a session Mon had run at Sweaty Betty Windsor, and really liked her friendly encouraging manner. A month or so later I was keen to run a Yoga session for the boarders at school, and instantly thought Mon would have perfect to deliver the session to the children. Mon ran an excellent session for just under an hour; all the children were complete beginners and ranging from 9-13 in age. The session was- aimed and pitched perfectly for the children, and held their attention. They all really enjoyed it, and had positive feedback of the session.”
Ally Onions, St Georges School, Windsor
“I met Monika during in our yoga teacher training courses in Thailand and I could tell that she was searching for more clarity and self-understanding. It was obvious that she had a strong will and spirit and she just needed to find the direction in which to concentrate her energy and effort. The next time I met Monika was when she returned to complete the last days of the YTT that she had started with us months before. The transformation that she had undergone since she left us and started teaching yoga was beautiful to witness. She was calmer, more focused and had a humble self-confidence and maturity that positively affected the entire group. Even her way of communicating and her body language had transformed. Her students are fortunate to have her strength and energy in their classes with her.”
Jason Milne, instructor Vikasa Yoga Teacher Training
“I met Monika during her 200 hour YTT in Koh Samui. She is a very charismatic and generous soul able to connect with every single person in the training. I connected with her since the first moment we met. We had a few reiki sessions together and I saw a huge transformation during her month in Koh Samui. She is willing to open up, to see her space for improvement in her life, and to make it happen. Next time I saw her again was a few months after, and she manifested all her goals from last time in just a few months!! For some people takes a whole life journey to drop limiting believes and old patterns, but her dedication and courage for self improvement made her process much faster. I feel very honored to have the opportunity to work with Monika, as a student and a life long friend. Her positive energy will attract everyone in her way.”
Alicia Casillas, Reiki Master and Vikasa Yoga Teacher
“Having taught Monika yoga for nearly 2 years, and having been taught by her in recent months, I can confidently say that she is first and foremost a dedicated yoga practitioner. Her dedication to the practice comes across in her teaching. She is passionate & caring in her approach, & her intention is to make each student feel nurtured & held. She is not flashy or false in her teaching, but instead approaches her teaching with integrity and true passion. I would recommend her classes for a nurturing and honest approach to the practice.”
Lucy Jackson, Yoga Teacher and well being writer
“I have been doing yoga for around 2 years now and so felt that I was already quite an accomplished ‘yogi’, however this event showed me that I still have so much more to learn!! Some great techniques from a highly competent teacher who is so calm that you can’t help to relax immediately upon arrival. The session whizzed past with a mixture of meditation, yoga, vegan friendly snacks and drinks and some invaluable information about the body and a vegan diet and I can honestly say that I had one of the deepest sleeps that I had had in a long time following the session. Can’t wait for the day retreats to be announced.
Laura Green, NamaMonYoga Nutrition Workshop 2018
My goal is to offer physical and mental conditioning programs that suit the health needs and fitness experiences of everyone. Contact me to find out more about my practice and how it can benefit your life. I am available for private or group practice in your home or on location in my cottage studio.