Teaching (+managing) experience
Teaching retreat means we get to explore many aspects of the yoga tradition, including philosophy, chanting, silent mornings, workshops, asana, pranayama and meditation.
As host and manager I looked after all aspects of the guest experience, organising trips, treatments, transfers, ensuring quality standards are met and also managing the kitchen, menu, cleaning staff and property maintenance.
Cover teacher at Kaliyoga Italy (In April 2017, May/June- July 2016, June 2014) spending the rest of the season (Apr – Oct) as General Manager.
Private retreats in Yorkshire and Crete (see Yoga retreats page)
September 2014 – June 2015, one of two resident yoga teachers, hosts and managers at Surfmaroc in Morocco, teaching the Yoga retreat programme at Villa Mandala and daily open Vinyasa flow classes at Taghazout Villa.
October to December, 2013. Teaching daily classes at http://www.astanga.gr in Rethymno, Crete. Mornings usually half-led Primary series Ashtanga; afternoons and Sundays, more Yin or restorative approach.
June – September 2013. Four weekly classes in addition to private sessions in the delightful mountain town of Morzine in the French Alps.
I have also taught and assisted on Heather Elton’s London YTT 2016 and assisted the Mysore programme with my teacher, Joey Miles of Ashtanga Yoga Leeds, and my friend Maria of Yoga Teesside, when I briefly pass through town.
Training and intensives
2015 – present. Ongoing study of all aspects of Buddhist meditation under Burgs guidance, including several week-long retreats in UK plus longer 3-4 week retreats in the Pyrenees.
July – October 2015. One of five full-time apprentices helping to run Godfrey Devereux’s Windfire retreat in Tuscany, benefiting from hundreds of contact hours with Godfrey and Olivia in the Dynamic Yoga Method.
February and March, 2014. I completed my full 200+ hour, Yoga Alliance registered teacher training with Heather Elton in Goa .
Heather Elton: Asana, adjustments, ethics, yoga business
Emil Wendel: Pranayama, Meditation, Yoga Philosophy and history
Stuart Girling: Anatomy and physiology
John Weddepohl: Advaita Vedanta and self-enquiry
Rachel Zinman: Kirtan and Ayurveda
September 2013. 10-day silent Vipassana mediation course at Dhamma Dipa.
June 2013. Vinyasa immersion in Ashtanga Primary with Joey Miles at Triyoga in Primrose Hill, London.
The teachers at Yoga Kula sparked my love of all eight limbs of Ashtanga and showed me what a devotion to the practice looks like. The teachers of Ashtanga Yoga Leeds, Joey in particular, taught me to have faith in myself and the practice. Sharath Jois and the assistants at KPJAYI live and breathe the tradition of Ashtanga. Heather Elton and the team on the YTT at Satsanga retreat in Goa immersed me in all aspects of yoga as a devotion and a celebration and a sustainable practice for everyone at every stage of life. Godfrey Devereux and Olivia Crooks invited me to question every single thing I thought I knew about yoga (and life). Tashi Dawa has been a wonderful example of how to give tirelessly as a yoga retreat teacher, creating life-changing experiences for people of all ages and experience. My darling Tara South challenged me every Vinyasa practice with arm balances I can’t even pronounce!
Dhamma Vihara retreat, France – Burgs
YogaShala Institute, Marbella – Javier Castro
Windfire retreat, France – Godfrey Devereux and Olivia Crooks
Kaliyoga retreat, Italy – Tashi Dawa, Davide Nataraj
Ashtanga Yoga Leeds – Joey Miles, Donna Southwell, Rachel Woolhouse
Yoga Kula Leeds – Angela Sykes, Lindsey Gale,
Ashtanga Yoga Greece/Crete – Manolis Dafermos
KPJAYI – Sharath Jois and assistant teachers
The Life Centre, Islington – Melanie Cooper, Norman Blair
Yogabones – Rolf and Marci