My teaching approach is in keeping with that of T.K.V. Desikachar, following the lineage of his father Śrī T. Krishnamacharya. As taught to me by my teacher Paul Harvey, a student of T.K.V.Desikachar for over 23 years.
The key to this approach is in tailoring yoga practice to individuals, recognising that we are all different. In Sanskrit this is the ‘Viniyoga’ of yoga, meaning the application of yoga to the individual. This approach therefore takes into account such things as an individual’s health, or illness, physical ability, energy, stage in life, and Ayurvedic constitution. Teachers trained in this tradition specialise in 1:1 teaching of yoga and adapt practice to suit the student. In group classes postures are adapted to suit different ages and levels of physical ability. Thus making yoga practice accessible to ALL who want to practice.
The breath is of utmost importance in practice, it is our link between the physiological and the psychological, it engages us in the present moment, and it also links us to the body’s energy (prāṇa)
This teaching uses the energetic principles of Haṭha yoga which influence the body’s energy. Also, importantly, the Haṭha yoga is taught in a very mindful way that serves the ultimate aim in yoga, which is to nurture a calm, steady mind state.
Combining these elements ensures that teaching is in keeping with the yoga of Patañjali’s Yoga Sūtra (sometimes referred to as Rāja yoga).